Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Windows 8.1.


Install and uninstall apps on Surface Pro

Some apps, like Mail, Calendar, and People are pre-installed—they're already on your Start screen. You can install more apps and programs from the Windows Store, websites, or a CD or DVD.

The Start screen has tiles for both desktop apps (programs that run on the desktop, like Microsoft Word or Notepad) and apps you install from the Windows Store. The Windows Store requires a Microsoft account and a connection to the Internet. Learn more about installing apps:


Install apps from the Windows Store

Sign in with your Microsoft account

To sign in or out of the Windows Store:

Step 1: From the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings, then tap or click Your account. Here you’ll see one of two things:
  • A Sign in button—This means you’re not signed in to the Store. Tap or click Sign in and type your Microsoft account info (email and password).
  • Your account information—This means you’re already signed in. Here you can add a payment method, sign in with a different account, and see other PCs associated with your account.

Find and install apps from the Windows Store

Here’s how to install apps from the Windows Store:

Step 1: From the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 2: Make sure you’re signed in with your Microsoft account.
Step 3:Find the app that you want to install:
  • Browse the storefront. Drag your finger across the screen to browse apps. The storefront shows top picks, apps that are popular now, and top paid and free apps.
  • Browse by category. Swipe down from the top edge of the screen to see apps by category, like Games, Sports, or Lifestyle. Tap or click a category to see apps in the category.
  • Search from within the Store. In the Store search box, enter the name of the app you’re looking for, and press Enter. You’ll see results that match your search.
Step 4:Tap or click an app to learn about it and read reviews.
Step 5:Tap or click Install, Try, or Buy.
  • Install is shown if the app is free or you’ve already bought it.
  • Try means a trial version of the app is available. You can try before you buy.
  • Buy means that the app isn’t free and the price is shown. Apps that you buy are charged to the payment option associated with your Microsoft account. To add or change the payment option on your account, see Add, edit, or remove a payment method and view billing history.

Use Apps view to find an app after you've installed it:

  • On the Start screen, slide up from the middle of the screen to get to open Apps view.
    (If you’re using a mouse, click the arrow in Down arrow near the lower-left corner of the screen.)
    A list of apps that are installed on Surface displays, and newly installed apps will be shown as NEW.

Tip
For even quicker access to the app, pin it to your Start screen. For info about pinning and unpinning apps from the Start screen, see Customize the Start screen.
Notes

Install other apps

You can also install apps or programs from a CD or DVD, or a website.

Install an app from the Internet

Make sure the publisher or website that’s offering the app is one you trust.

In your web browser, tap or click the link to the app. To install it now, tap or click Open or Run, and then follow the instructions on your screen.

To install the app later, tap or click Save or Save as to download it. When you're ready to install it, double-tap or double-click the file, and then follow the instructions on your screen.

Install an app from a CD or DVD

To install an app from a CD or DVD, you’ll need to connect an external, optical disc drive to your Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 using its USB port. Once the drive is connected, insert the disc.

If the app doesn't start installing automatically, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Search. In the search box, enter computer, and then tap or click Computer. Open the CD or DVD folder, and open the program setup file, usually called Setup.exe or Install.exe.

Uninstall apps and programs

App commands at the bottom of the screen

If you no longer use an app, you can uninstall it.

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search, and in the search box enter the name of the app you want to uninstall. (Or, find the app by sliding up from the middle of the screen to get to Apps view.)
Step 2: Press and hold, or right-click the app's tile.
Step 3: Tap or click Uninstall.
(If you want to uninstall the app from all your synced PCs, tap or click Uninstall from all my synced PCs, and then tap or click Uninstall.)
Tips
  • If you uninstall a built-in app, such as Music, you can reinstall it from the Windows Store.
  • The Mail, Calendar, and People apps appear in the Store as a single app called Mail, Calendar, and People.
  • Apps that you installed will appear in the Store under Your Apps, even after you’ve uninstalled them from Surface.
  • Office apps that were pre-installed on your Surface RT or Surface 2 can’t be uninstalled.

Update apps from the Windows Store

Windows Store apps are periodically updated by their publishers, and the updates will automatically download and install as they become available

However, sometimes, you might want to check for app updates manually. Here's how:

Step 1: From the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click App updates.
Step 3: Tap or click Check for updates.
Step 4: If there are app updates available, tap or click Install.
Tip
It’s best to leave automatic app updating turned on. While in the Store settings, tap or click App updates, and make sure Automatically update my apps is set to Yes.

Get your apps working with Windows 8.1

Most apps and programs written for Windows 7 also work with Windows 8.1. When you install or run an older app, Windows monitors it for symptoms of known compatibility issues. If it finds an issue, Program Compatibility Assistant provides some recommended actions that you can take to help the program run properly on Windows 8.1. For more info, see Program Compatibility Assistant: Frequently asked questions.

If you're having trouble running a program that worked in a previous version of Windows, you might be able to run it in a compatibility mode, such as Windows Vista or Windows 7 compatibility modes. For info on how to do this, see Get your apps and devices working in Windows 8.1.

The Windows Compatibility Center has info to help you identify which apps will or won't work with Windows 8.1.



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