Defrag: Power Management Tweaks, Tons of Windows 10 Tips, Keeping your Desktop Clean 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.

[00:32] Power Management Tweaks
[04:54] Battery/Charging Suggestions

[07:21] Opening multiple instances of Calc
[08:03] Windows 10 boot speed question [Check Display Driver]
[08:53] Hiding One Drive for Business

Gpedit.msc -> admin templates -> windows components -> onedrive -> prevent the usage of onedrive…

[09:39] Windows 10 Enterprise on VMware Horizon View [Grid GPU and Drivers]
[10:42] Dealing with a "Perma-pressed" Windows 10 Key
[11:38] Stuck in a "Checking for Updates" mode [Check Time]
[12:28] Windows Explorer, Show Extensions tips with creating new files
[13:02] When upgrading to Windows 10, do all Windows 8.1 Updates have to be applied first, can you go from Windows 8.1 RTM to Windows 10?
[14:29] Keeping installers from adding icons to the Desktop

Pick of the Week:[16:12] Using the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint Reader on a Surface Pro 3
Pick of the Week:[17:02] Happy? Sad? Angry? This Microsoft tool recognizes emotions in pictures
Pick of the Week:[18:29] Windows IoT
Pick of the Week:[19:22] Battlefront comes out next week!!! [Defraghost]
Pick of the Week:[21:29] A Look Behind the Latest Envisioning Video



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The Discussion

  • User profile image

    I have a question.  I use windows 10 home on my laptop, works great.  Mail app shows all pictures.  However, I also use windows 10 pro at work on a custom desktop rig.  Mail app will not show pictures on any email account that I add to the system, just get an x at the top left of the area for the image.  Have tried all settings and removing app and installing app, removing account and re adding account.  Please can you assist.

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    [11:38] Stuck in a "Checking for Updates" mode

    this has nothing to do with time. the more dates you have installed the longer WU hangs at checking for superseded updates.

    Microsoft already provided an update for Win7/8.1 to fix this:


    Installing and searching for updates is slow and high CPU usage occurs in Windows 7


    Installing and searching for updates is slow and high CPU usage occurs in Windows 8.1


    MS also had plans to release a cumulative update rollup for Win7 to workaround the issue, but it looks like this won't happen.

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    It is very good

  • User profile image

    About the battery/charging suggestions. My Vaio has an option called "Battery Care", that actually prevents the battery for fully charge. It sits around 85% and never reach the 100%, so 80%/85% seems to be the sweet spot.

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    Even on Windows 10, I still use the good old Lenovo Power Manager from Windows 7 on my ThinkPad to set charge start/stop thresholds, so my battery stops charging at 90% and won't start until it drops below 30%, which works great given the fact I use the device plugged in whenever I can and I don't want it to trigger another charging cycle just because I unplugged it for a minute or hour and it's still well at, let's say, 60%, for example. I think in general, there are two things to keep your battery healthy: keep it away from heat, and keep the number of unnecessary charging cycles low.

    Windows 10 tip: To install the Lenovo Power Manager under Windows 10, you have to run the installer (setup.exe) in compatibility mode and change the product name from "Lenovo Power Manager" to something else in the setup.ini because starting with the November update, Windows 10 seems to block it based on the name. The program itself works just fine, I don't really get why this tool isn't supported (or updated at least) anymore.


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    Windows Guy

    This worked for me and I want to share that.
    step 1 – open service manager
    step 2 – Now, click on services & applications and then click on services under it in the left menu.Scroll down and find superfetch in the right side.
    Step 3- double click and stop the service and also choose startup type as disabled.

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