Windows RT touchscreen responsiveness can be increased with a little tweaking

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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Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB



1. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

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

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 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

3. drzonw

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 14, 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.

4. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

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

5. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Loving mines as well.

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