Surface 3

After Christmas - a local electronic dealer offers a Surface 3 with Keyboard and 128GB MicroSD Card for fewer bucks that the tablet alone before.
Time to have a look....

Forceful power down - [Power] for more than 10s
Forceful EFI Firmware - [Power] + [Volume UP]
Select Bootmenu - [Power] + [Volume DOWN]

Tech specs
Size 10.52 x 7.36 x 0.34 in (267 x 187 x 8.7 mm)
Weight 1.37 lbs (622 g)
Display 10.8 ClearType Full HD Plus Display / Resolution: 1920 x 1280 / Aspect ratio: 3:2 / Touch: 10 point multi-touch / Surface Pen support
Storage/RAM 64GB storage with 2GB RAM
Processor Quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (2MB Cache, 1.6GHz with Intel Burst technology up to 2.4GHz).
Network Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) / Bluetooth 4.0
Ports Full-size USB 3.0 / Mini DisplayPort microSD card reader / Micro USB charging port / Headset jack / Cover port
Cameras, video and audio 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera / 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus / Microphone / Stereo speakers with Dolby audio
Sensors Ambient light sensor / Proximity sensor / Accelerometer / Gyroscope / Magnetometer

HAVE/PRO

  • Windows 10 Home Edition, 64Bit
  • Office 2016 with Office 365 Activation (will it work after the subscription expired?)
  • Standard USB Port for external Disks or Cameras
CON
  • only 2GByte RAM, 64GByte SSD (ok, my fault - I didnt want to spend more money)

Linux

Follow my linux installation - Slackware on Surface3

Windows 10

Windows Ressource Tuning
- Disable OneDrive - OneDrive Uninstaller v0.4.cmd
- Disable Defender

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows Defender]
"DisableAntiSpyware"=dword:00000001
- Disable Superfetcher and Prefetcher
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters]
"EnablePrefetcher"=dword:00000000
"EnableSuperfetcher"=dword:00000000
- Disable Search
c:\> net stop wsearch
c:\> sc config wsearch start= disabled
- Disable Firewall & Firewall Notification (Sicherheit und Wartung)
c:\> net stop mpssvc
c:\> sc config mpssvc start= disabled
- Remove unused Build-in-Apps using PowerShell
Get-AppxPackage *OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
- Disable Bitlocker

get rid of the build-in-apps
more Micrsoft Windows related info

links

Surface 3 Webseite
Surface 3 Update History
Surface User Guides
windowscentral.com surface3 disk benchmarks