Reproducing Microsoft Surface environment in a virtual machine RRS feed

  • Question

  • Our customers using Surface Pro report a set of minor issues that cannot be reproduced on standard PC-s using Windows 10.

    We are trying to reproduce the Surface Pro environment in a set of virtual machines to help us with troubleshooting.

    One blocking issue we're having is the fact Office 365 seems to be installed as a Microsoft Store app.

    On standard Windows 10 installations, trying to install Office from Microsoft Store redirects the user to the standard Office 365 installation page and, after installation, the entry "Office 365" can be seen in Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features.

    On Surface, Office seems to be pre-installed; also, it  cannot be seen in Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features; it can be detected by using the Windows.Management.Deployment.PackageManager API, though.

    How should we configure Windows 10 in a virtual machine to be able to exactly reproduce the Surface/Windows 10/Office environment?

    If this is not the right forum, please guide us to the correct one.

    Friday, November 23, 2018 11:42 AM


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  • Hello,

    The Developing Universal Windows apps forum is the forum about how we can develop a UWP app. It is not related to Windows 10 configuration or how to build a test environment. You will need to find the related forum to consult this issue. Like Technet Forum

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    Monday, November 26, 2018 2:14 AM
  • I'd try asking for help over here.



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
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    Monday, November 26, 2018 2:22 AM