Defrag: Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1. Update Power Button, Cortana and the Leaf 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.

[00:54] Surface Pro 3 Discussion
[02:42] Windows 8.1 Update and making the Power Button appear on the Start screen on touch devices
[05:56] Is it possible to create a Windows 7 image for deployment that has no local accounts, such as local admin
[08:17] Closing an Modern App brings up the Desktop
[09:14] Dealing with dueling dual monitors on Windows 8.1 Update
[10:55] UAC Prompt when deleting shortcut on the Desktop
[11:48] Delete the WindowsSxS after after upgrade

[12:34] Pick of the Week: Channel 9 Windows Phone App (link)
[12:52] Pick of the Week: Microsoft employee Mehmet Demir created an app that integrates Cortana with his Leaf electric car. (video, app)



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      [00:54] Surface Pro 3 Discussion

      yeah, the screenratio is much better. Everyone told you this at the beginning when first Surface was announced. Nice to see that it now available.

      The only bad thing is, that you still have no Budget Version with a Baytrail or later with a Core M (Broadwell) SoC. I would sell my Encore 8 and pick a Surface Mini with 3:2 Ration. 16:10 sucks.

      [02:42] Windows 8.1 Update and making the Power Button appear on the Start screen on touch devices

      I also don't have it on my Encore 8, so this also applies to Baytrail "Always on" tablets.

      [08:17] Closing an Modern App brings up the Desktop

      StartIsBack ftw. Here you can configure to Show the envronment where you started the app (to Desktop, if app was started there or to startscreen if it was started there)

      [11:48] Delete the WindowsSxS after after upgrade

      no, I'm still at 8.0, deleted the file and it was never created again.

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      You can't diss Zune, it's still the best media player for a windowed environment and a lot quicker than the win8 app for large collections.

      Poor Zune :(

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      @Spitefulgod: No diss'ing Zune, just memories of what once was. :)

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