Defrag: Ejecting an Internal Drive, Windows on a Thumb Drive, Disable Aero Shake

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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.

[00:20] -  Another method to eject an internal drive for removal.
[01:45] -  Speed up shutdown process to avoid pranksters.
[05:35] -  Tips for running Windows on a jump drive.
[07:29] -  Win key getting stuck on remote desktop.
[02:25] -  USB device delays on reconnect after sleep.
[10:18] -  Can't hit F8 to change boot method on MacBookPro.
[11:07] -  How to get a straight highlight in OneNote and Snipping Tool.
[13:30] -  Flash videos locking up browser.
[14:39] -  How to disable Aero Shake.
[16:20] -  Adding new files to right click New context menu. [link]
[17:32] -  Tips for merging directories.
[19:24] -  Can standard users share folders without admin privledges?
[19:43] -  Working with VS2k8 debugging and UAC privledges.
[21:02] -  Pick of the Week: Nest - Rethinking the thermostat.



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  • User profile image

    RE: New context menus

    Here's an example of adding the debugger context menu for *.dmp

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



    @="Open with WinDbg x86"

    @="\"C:\\Debuggers_x86\\windbg.exe\" -z \"%1\" -y \"SRV*C:\\Symbols*\""

    @="Open with WinDbg x64 (Public)"

    @="\"C:\\Debuggers\\windbg.exe\" -z \"%1\" -y \"SRV*C:\\Symbols*\""


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    [01:45] -  Speed up shutdown process to avoid pranksters.

    There is a Hotfix for Windows 7 RTM (included in Windows 7 Sp1) which fixes a slowdown because of a hanging taskhost.exe:

    There is a delay when you shut down, restart, or log off a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2


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    Yakko Warner

    Based on your advice, I created a script called "Secure reboot.bat" that I have on my desktop to reboot and walk away:

    rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkstation
    shutdown /r

    It locks the workstation, and 30 seconds later, it starts the reboot process behind the lock screen. I also have a shortcut to shutdown.exe /a — in case I double-click the reboot icon by accident, I can log back in and hit that shortcut within the 30 second delay. Works a treat. Smiley

    I have the whole collection of Animaniacs DVDs (everything that's been released so far, anyway), and my kids have been earning an appreciation for it, too. Big Smile

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    You could use the device manager, you could script DISKPART, or you could just use HotSwap!. It flushes the cache and powers down your drive from the safety and convenience of the system tray.

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