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Defrag: Readyboost, Virtual Machines, Printing at Distance

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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.

[00:10] -  Readyboost max file size redux.
[01:19] -  Setting up Homegroup with virtual machine.
[02:25] -  Windows+M shortcut confusion. [link]
[05:03] -  MP3 of the show.
[05:20] -  Does it help to defrag the disk in a virtual machine?
[06:36] -  Is there a way to print to my home printer from work/on the road? [link]
[08:06] -  Can I install VirtualPC on Home Premium 64-bit?
[08:40] -  How to bring window to front to take screenshot programmatically.
[10:20] -  What is the support lifecycle cut off for XP Mode? [link]
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[12:55] -  Merging partitions on a drive with empty partition in front of main partition.
[14:42] -  How to open new Notepad window without closing current one.
[15:06] -  Can you increase the current going to an external USB hub within Windows?
[17:00] -  Is there a Windows equivilent of Little Snitch on Mac?
[18:10] -  Is there a way to tell Windows to use eject on an internal drive?
[20:00] -  Can I migrate back to my Windows.OLD directory?
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[21:23] -  Can I change default drive colors in Windows Explorer?
[22:35] -  Can I make my offline drives remain in the Windows Search Index?  
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[24:35] -  Can I migrate a VM to a physical drive?
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  • scott bakerscott baker

    Will you guys consider making all the channel 9 video feeds compatible with iTunes?

    thanks for all the great content,
    -Scott

  • MagicAndre1981Magic​Andre1981 xperf addicted

    [08:06] -  Can I install VirtualPC on Home Premium 64-bit?


    YES, it works fine! Virtual PC and XPMode are 2 different things. VirtualPC works an all editions except Starter Edition. You can download the Installer Windows6.1-KB958559-x64-RefreshPkg.msu and run it.

    The XP Mode (the preconfigured XP Pro VHD) doesn't work on Home Premium because Home Premium doesn't have the license policy set to run XP Mode:

    <sl:policyInt name="VirtualXP-licensing-Enabled" attributes="override-only">1</sl:policyInt>

    This setting is only set to 1 on Prof, Enterprise and Ultimate while the Virtual PC license value is set on all editions except Starter:

    <sl:policyInt name="VirtualPC-licensing-Enabled" attributes="override-only">1</sl:policyInt>

    Going back from Win7 to Vista works this way:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760/en-us

    and it is good, because in Windows 7 so many thing were removed and are broken compared to Vista (Explorer, Superfetch with Pool leaks which causes a much higher memory usage compared to Vista and other things: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7). Currently Vista is the best Windows you can get. Rock solid and stable. 1 BSOD in 5 years caused by a bad RAM and reliable index is always 10 were the index in Win7 is 1 because you must pray that Windows 7 works the next day after shutting it down the day before.

    To change the color you have to use a resource editor to hack Windows DLLs Sad Like always MS does the mistake to merge the purpose of several things into 1 file (resource, Code, GUI) which makes it not configurable and if you change the file, sfc likes to restore it.

    The VM to physial works with the next Hyper-V version in Windows 8. YOu can use the smae VHD for native boot and inside a VM:

    http://channel9.msdn.com/events/BUILD/BUILD2011/TOOL-455T

    Currently you can use this 3rd party tool to a VM and native boot with older Windows versions:

    http://www.vmlite.com/

    André

  • Duncan MackenzieDuncanma "yeah that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by"

    @scott baker:We do have iTunes feeds, which feed were you trying that didn't work?

  • SimonSimon

    "Banking" and "Medical"... :)

  • Windows HomeGroup requires IPv6?  My homegroup works fine even though my router only allows IPv4 addresses.  I'm confused.

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