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Windows RT touchscreen responsiveness can be increased with a little tweaking

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Windows RT touchscreen responsiveness can be increased with a little tweaking
Microsoft Surface RT owners, here's a neat trick you can try. Apparently, someone has discovered that by tweaking the Windows registry, the responsiveness of the tablet's touchscreen can be increased noticeably. That happens at the expense of a (probably marginal) drop in battery life, but the hack is still worth trying since it is reversible. Care to give it a shot? Okay, so make sure your data is backed up, then read on to see how the magic happens.

To adjust the responsiveness of a Windows RT tablet's touchscreen, one must access the system registry using the Regedit tool. Now, in case you don't know what that's all about, you should probably just ask someone with the right experience to do that for you, or just don't tweak anything at all. Once you're in Regedit, find the following key: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\TouchPredict ion". Then change the "latency" and "sample time" values from 8 to 2. Other values should probably work as well – the lower the digit, the better the responsiveness should be. Give your tablet a restart and feel the difference.

In case you're hesitant about this hack, you should probably check out the thread over at XDA Developers where people who have performed it share their results. For convenience's sake, there's also a file over there available for download. You can just inject that into your registry instead of modifying it manually.

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posted on 14 Jan 2013, 10:34 2

1. blattlaus (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


While there has been much critisism of the Surface RT, I have not read any complaints of the screen responsiveness.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 11:18

2. PhoneCritic (Posts: 331; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


This is really a sore point for ordinary users in my opinion as they want to avoid the same complications of a computer on a tablet. This is why the ipad is so successful. Why The nexus 7 and kindle fire are doing well. No registry

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 15:50

3. drzonw (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


I don't really see the problem. It's just a tweak and no one is forced to use it. It's the same thing as editing something like build.prop in android or using any other "hack" that isn't obvious to most users. I'd rather have the option of using it and possibly making by device better than not to have that possibility at all.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 00:37

4. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 600; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Happy with our Surface... pretty responsive stock if you ask me.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 12:46

5. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Loving mines as well.

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