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Two button shutdown for Surface Pro

Just had severe issues getting my Surface Pro 3 to boot into windows. It got stuck on the Surface splash and didn’t budge from there. Tried forcing it to shut down by holding down the power-button and restarting, but didn’t help. What did help was to do a two button shutdown, which I didn’t realize was a thing…

  1. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.
  2. Press and hold the volume up button and the power button for at least 15 seconds.
  3. Wait 10 seconds
  4. Press the power button normally, and hope it boots properly this time…

Step #2 seems to be the key, and ignore any sort of screen flashes or such while you hold the buttons down.

Also, by the way, if you simply hold the volume up button down and press the power button normally, you will get a boot menu, which I also didn’t know about until today…

Source: Surface turns on, but Windows won’t start

Hosting Minecraft on Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 Pro

Just got a new computer which I hoped would be powerful enough to run both a Minecraft Server and the Minecraft game. And, turns out it is!

Managing servers and stuff tend to be easier in unix though, so I figured I’d try to run it in a virtual machine. First thought of VirtualBox, but then I stumbled upon the fact that Windows 8.1 Pro comes with a Hyper-V Platform built-in. Decided to check it out, and it works fantastic.

At least after I swapped out the virtual hard drive with the SSD from my old computer. Not sure if I set it up wrong, or if Minecraft just really don’t like being inside a virtual hard drive on a regular HDD…

Anyways, here’s what I’ve done for future reference in case I need to set it up again, or if anyone else would like to check it out. Depending on your comfort with command lines, unix, etc, you might need to use some google-fu. Or leave a comment, and I’ll try to help 🙂

Here’s what I use and try to cover here:

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