Defrag: Build Binge Begins, Goodbye Windows XP, Hello Windows 8.1 Update 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 We will also be checking comments for problems, but the email address will let us contact you if needed.

[00:15] Looking back a Build (link)
[01:19] Windows 8.1 Update 1
[03:03] Yoga 2 Pro
[03:40] MAX_PATH Problems (link)
[11:46] Azure VM Floppy Drive?
[12:20] Getting the Outlook Live Tile back
[13:21] Convert Windows 8.1 into a WIMBoot (link)
[15:53] Touchscreen as a second monitor
[16:34] Add/Remove Search Index locations from the command line (Powershell Tackles Windows Desktop Search, Microsoft Windows Search 3.x SDK, PowerShell script below...)
[17:59] Key Combination Shortcuts on Windows 8
[18:59] Removing a Windows 8 PIN

[20:38] Picks of the Week - Let the Build Binge Begin (link)
[22:26] Picks of the Week - Windows XP support is over

Here's the PowerShell script mentioned at [17:21]

#Code copied from "Powershell Tackles Windows Desktop Search"
#Microsoft.Search.Interop.dll is needed, download from
#Load the dll
Add-Type -path "D:\Unattend\UserFiles\Tools\Microsoft.Search.Interop.dll"
#Create an instance of CSearchManagerClass
$sm = New-Object Microsoft.Search.Interop.CSearchManagerClass 
#Next we connect to the SystemIndex catalog
$catalog = $sm.GetCatalog("SystemIndex")
#Get the interface to the scope rule manager
$crawlman = $catalog.GetCrawlScopeManager()
#add scope

Save the code as AddScope.ps1, and run it from a elevated cmd console:
PowerShell Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -force
PowerShell D:\Unattend\UserFiles\AddScope.ps1



The Discussion

  • User profile image

    Had a great time at Build. Lots of really great info and things to look forward to. I also liked seeing C9 front and center this time.

    Another way to get touch to work on a second display (or if you have multiple touch displays) is to use the classic Tablet PC Settings control panel. The Setup button on the Display tab is used to associate pen/touch with the proper display.

    RIP XP. We had some good times for sure. :)

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    any of those channel 9 stickers left? Would be great to get one....


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    I have a Sleep-mode problem, but the Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, only ended up recording the desktop screenshots. Are there logs I can check up, and send to The Defrag Show for analysis?

    My problems started after I installed a new graphics card, EVGA GTX 750Ti, installed the evga Bios:, then the latest nVidia driver, then v.335.20. and my PC sleeps no more. It just hangs from wake until I do a hot power-up boot. Deftag Show, help!


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    @flint: Send us a mail with your address, I can probably get you a sticker. :)

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    @Rahaha: Send us a mail (defragshow@msft and defragtools@msft), we'll help you out!

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    If you're interested in reading a little more about WIMBoot, there's a new post on the Windows Springboard Blog, What is Windows Image Boot (WIMBoot)?

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    , LarryLarsen wrote

    @Rahaha: Send us a mail (defragshow@msft and defragtools@msft), we'll help you out!

    Done, and thanks [H]

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    @Larry, I will like to hear your impressions about your Lenovo Yoga 2 and the 3200x1800 screen. I have a Sony Vaio 1920x1800, and I was tempted to wait for the Yoga 2 or the Ativ Book Plus, but this extreme resolution bothers me, since there are still system dialogs and apps that does not scale well on the desktop.

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    To: "Rahaha"
    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
    Unable to deliver message to the following recipients, due to being unable to connect uccessfully to the destination mail server.

    How can I resend my problem?


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    @Rahaha: Try instead of

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    @Dario:  I love my Yoga 2 Pro. It is without a doubt the best laptop I've ever used. It's powerful, light, versatile, thin, the battery is great, and two USB ports (one just doesn't cut it).

    The screen is incredible though. I love the high resolution. There's so much more room for activities. I just wish Adobe would work on their resolution in Creative Cloud. Their icons are so small you can barely hit them.

    The only complaint I have with the Yoga is that the buttons on the touch pad also work as a pointing device so when I go to click on small icons sometimes I move the cursor before it clicks. I've gotten used to that though. 

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    , gduncan411 wrote

    @Rahaha: Try instead of

    Thanks, gduncan41 I've used this address, and hope Deftag helps...!


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    Thanks @Larry and yeah, kind of what I've thought would happen with that resolution. On 1920x1800 at least you're able to use apps not ready for high DPI, since even on 8.1 there are still dialogs not ready, like the mouse properties dialog.
    Speaking of mice, touchpads usually have registry property called "hysteresis" or just "noise cancellation", that filters the movement of the finger while resting on the pad. I used it on Synaptics touchpads, but perhaps Elantech has something similar?

    BTW: the modern interface looks gorgeous on this hiDPI displays, specially the Mail and Music apps. I'm pretty sure people will start to appreciate more the UI while the hardware keeps improving.

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    The recent Win 8.1 update is kickass.

    Apps on the taskbar is the clincher. Goodbye Windows 7 :)

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