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Defrag: Drive usage over time, Search Charms, On-screen keyboard tips and more


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Microsoft tech troubleshooter extraordinaire Gov Maharaj and I help walk you through troubleshooting solutions to your tech support problems. If you have a problem you want to send us, you can use the Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7 (see this for details on how) and send us the zip file to DefragShow@microsoft.com. We will also be checking comments for problems, but the email address will let us contact you if needed.

[05:03] Gov's Drive Usage Tips (Disk Footprint tool, dfp.exe

[08:06] Windows 8.x Search Charm and on-screen keyboard behavior
[08:32] Is there a native way to add folders to 'This PC' under Windows 8.1?
[08:48] Determining if an IE Search Accelerator was release by Microsoft or not? (link)
[09:28] Is it possible to change the default application that opens for the Surface Pro 3 Pen Click?
[09:40] Turbo/Compressed Mode for Desktop Web Browsers?
[12:55] Is there a way to find the ram type(DDR2/DDR3) of the system using command prompt?
[14:41] Accessing Windows 8.x emoji without using the on-screen keyboard (link)

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  • I was a bit dissatisfied with Gov's "No" to whether you could change the default application opened with the SP3 pen click, so I poked at it briefly. Some context!

    Watching in Procmon, Explorer loaded lockscreecn.dll just before OneNote was launched. LockScreenCN seems to represent Lock Screen Click Note given a CLockScreenClickNote class visible via strings. And unfortunately for those looking to change the app opened, it further has dedicated functions like 'IsOneNoteInstalled' and a strings like 'Microsoft.Office.OneNote_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microsoft.OneNoteIm', where the part before the ! matched a registry key Explorer then read where modern app package info was stored, and where the part after the ! matched the onenoteim.exe process that then spawned. 

    Not sure if you can hijack the launching of onenoteim.exe; a quick test with IFEO was enough to break launching OneNote but not enough to actually launch the app I set as a debugger. I haven't played further with modern apps to properly explore this.

  • it is possible to change the function of the SP3 pen using a 3rd party tool. search youtube for "customizing surface pro 3 pen"

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