Defrag: Defrag RSS, Reconstructing Accounts, CL Printing

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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.

[00:31] - Pixel 0,0 redux [link]
[01:56] - Getting audio-only Defrag RSS.
[02:47] - Excluding SkyDrive history on Win8.
[04:21] - Properly reconstructing a user account.
[05:54] - Setting up a firewall to allow all but blacklisted.
[06:56] - Windows only sees 2TB of a 3TB drive.
[07:44] - How to remove a file association rather than change.
[08:40] - Recording system sounds in Audacity.
[10:08] - Typical time for a 500GB checkdisk.
[11:12] - Relocating AppData\Local. [link] [link]
[13:10] - Command line printing. [link] [link]
[14:00] - Remote access to work PC from home.
[15:43] - How to remove search history from Win8 File Explorer.
[17:30] - Variation in copy speed from thumbdrive to SSD.
[19:30] - Pick of the Week - Bing It On [link]



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    Thanks, Gov. I'm the one that submitted the white pixel bug and this helped.

    Also, worth mentioning the dot isn't solid white. It doesn't appear when using a non-composited theme, and it takes the window border properties of your current theme when using any Aero theme. It will also appear when Transparency is enabled; it's simply not as noticeable because the dot is slightly transparent due to reasons just mentioned.


    (PS: Yes, the dot is in the screenshot. You didn't look close enough. Cool )

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    It's too late to pull back the Metro name; it will always be Metro to me. Plus, the design language is still called Metro on the phone. Plus pt 2, calling it the Windows 8 design language is not a good idea. "Metro" divorced the ui language from the product which was nice. If you don't *really* change it for Windows 9 you'll be stuck. The "Windows 8 UI Language for Windows 9" doesn't really roll off the tongue.

    Good tip about removing the searches. Thanks Larry!

    Did Bing it On a few days ago and it was a draw. Don't remember my search terms so I tried it again using searches from my history to remove expectation bias.

    This time: Google

    1. msdn GetPackageId : Bing
    2. Norman Gorlaug : Draw
    3. Morningstar Bacon : Google
    4. nbtstat : Google
    5. Vancouver Wa thai food : Google

    Such a small sample doesn't mean much and honestly the top result on each page was close to if not the one that was dark blue. I think on some I picked the side that presented different types of media (pics + text + youtube) hits.

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    Bingiton is not available in my region. The link redirects me to :(

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    The AppData\Local folder has a Location tab in its properties. What are the pro's and con's of using that to relocate the folder? 

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    [07:44] - How to remove a file association rather than change.

    use this tool for any kind of file association changes:

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    [19:30] - Pick of the Week - Bing It On [link]

    doesn't work in Germany.

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    post deleted...

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