Hyper-V disables the fastboot option. One of the main advantages of the surface pro is having the fastboot option, which disappears after having hyper-v enabled. Hyper-V is enabled if you install the windows phone dev tools and if you want to run vhd files. Hanselman made a blogpost about adding an extra bootoption to switch between with and without hyper-v


But after installing the january firmware update, it gave me the blue screen with both boot entries, each time I boot.

This can be disabled in Windows. Press the windows key + pause/break and go to the ‘advanced system settings’. in tab ‘advanced’ click the button ‘settings’ next to “boot- and recoverysettings”


remove the checkbox to disable the list of operating systems and hit ok and that’s it. Enjoy the speed of the fastboot with the surface pro 3.

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The Lenovo Miix 2 tablet is great if you look at the value you get for your money. I purchased one for work for just 196 euro at paradigit.nl


It took me a day to install all updates on the windows 8.1 machine. When I returned at work the next day the tablet did not boot. It was still on the usb charger so it was not a battery drain or empty battery or whatsoever. I tried to contact Lenovo through twitter, but no response (yet).

So I had to figure it out myself and found this blog with tips. One of them is to plugin the USB cable, wait for the white light and power on. That did not work. Power on before removing USB cable also did not work. Maybe this works for you, please let me know in the comments.

The real solution (for me) was this trick of @marauderz:

Hold the power button for 20 seconds and then release and press again. That does show the lenovo logo and makes the tablet boot again. It does not matter if you have the 8 inch or 10 inch device. According to @marauderz it has to do with "ConnStandby" mode which is the "connected standby" feature of windows. More about it is available on MSDN. This superuser answer explains how you can disable this feature. Since I am developing a universal app on this tablet and have it on an USB powercable 24/7 I do not need this connected standby feature. So launch regedit, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\

and change ‘CsEnabled’ from 1 to 0. Confirm, close regedit and reboot.

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The Surface 3 pro will be available in 5 different versions:Surface Pro 3

  • 64Gb  i3 cpu 4gb ram €  819,-
  • 128Gb i5 cpu 4gb ram € 1019,-
  • 256Gb i5 cpu 8gb ram € 1319,-
  • 256Gb i7 cpu 8gb ram € 1569,-
  • 512Gb i7 cpu 8gb ram € 1969,-

These prices are Dutch and include VAT. I have read about the difference in RAM not on the Microsoft website but at the zdnet site.

For an awesome development setup you really want an external 4k monitor. The Surface 3 Pro should be able to output 4k which is at least 3840 * 2160 according to Wikipedia. The cheapest 4k monitor in the Netherlands is this Samsung for € 600,- 

U28D590D 4 R Perspective Black

Microsoft also has an dockingstation available which is really required if you work behind your desk all day and commute with the Surface. There is no final price info for it in euro’s but I expect it to be € 200,-. It has 3 usb 3 ports, 2 usb 2 ports, ethernet and audio. We will have to wait until the 20th of June for more detailed info.

For commuting you’ll want a cover. Type- or touchcover depends on your preference. But that is an additional 120 or 130 euro’s.

To connect an external monitor you need an adapter. For my full High definition monitor that’s an mini display port to HDMI. For the mega-awesome 4K Samsung that is a mini-display to display port.

As developer you really want to have at least 8gb ram in your device, so to round up:

Surface 3 pro with i5, 8gb ram and 256gb storage  € 1319,-

Touch or type cover € 120,-

Docking station € 200,-

Display adapter for my Full HD display (mini dp to hdmi) € 15,-

Samsung monitor € 600,- (optional perhaps stick with 1080p full hd display first)

Display adapter (mini dp to dp) € 13,-

I already have a nice Logitech K800 wireless keyboard with darkfield mouse. So total investment without the awesome 4k display would be € 1654,- (without cable 1639)

If you would buy it in the states it would be:

  • Surface        $ 1299,-
  • Dockingstation $  200,-
  • Cover          $  120,-
  • Total:         $ 1619,- (in euro: € 1187,-)

Buying it in the states will save you € 452,- That is almost the price of a two way ticket to get it yourself and have a nice city trip.

Have fun with the Microsoft Surface 3 Pro!

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I had this error “A reference to a higher version or incompatible assembly cannot be added to the project” during my Windows Phone development. I wanted to add some dll’s because there are no nuget packages for smaato, mobfox etc.


At first I thought that it was because the dll’s were not build as portable class library. But then I found this other source online which gave me the correct and simple answer: Windows blocks the downloaded dll’s by default. You have to unblock it by going to the properties of the dll.

You can also unblock with powershell by using Unblock-File

So perhaps the dialog of visual studio should tell me that it is impossible to add a reference to a blocked dll.

Good luck!

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