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Defrag: Windows Search, Delaying Windows Update, Reboot Requirements

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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 DefragShow@microsoft.com. We will also be checking comments for problems, but the email address will let us contact you if needed.

[00:43] - Windows search not performing as user expects, why?  
[03:51] - User wants more selection in how Windows Updates install.  
[06:56] -  How to have different backgrounds on spanned monitors.
[08:45] -  Left click not responding on IE9. [link]
[10:30] -  How to get OS to ask what to do when hitting power button.
[11:15] -  Can user disable Windows reboot after an install.
[12:45] -  Do you really need to reboot after every driver install?
[17:15] -  How to safely delete data in an MDB, does it store data outside file?
[18:18] -  Can user set config files to open with admin priv?
[20:26] -  How to remove duplicates in Favorites. [link]
[21:19] -  How to remove exif data in an image.
[23:39] -  Pick of the Week: Consumer Preview of Windows 8. [link]


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  • Anon22Anon22

    The Windows search is completely atrocious under Windows 7. Microsoft really need to fix it as it was much better under XP.

  • uus831uus831

    Gov & Larry Larsen,

    will you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your laptop? And in the next Defrag show, will you be running WP8?

  • uus831uus831

    ** will you be running Windows 8 CP in the next show? (not WP8!)***

  • evildictaitorevildictait​or Devil's advocate

    Why run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview when you can run the Windows 8 beta - it's released on the 29th which is next week.

  • uus831uus831

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview is Windows 8 beta! (new naming convention)

  • MagicAndre1981Magic​Andre1981 xperf addicted

    evildictaitor wrote

    Why run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview when you can run the Windows 8 beta - it's released on the 29th which is next week.

    Windows8 Beta = Windows 8 Consumer Preview Wink

    [00:43] - Windows search not performing as user expects, why? 

    use this search. Is 10000 times better compared to the MS search crap:


    [11:15] -  Can user disable Windows reboot after an install.


    [18:18] -  Can user set config files to open with admin priv?

    Download the tool NirCmd (http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd2.html) and expand it to where you want it. Use regedit or http://defaultprogramseditor.com/ to add/change the default action to

    NirCmd elevate notepad.exe %1

    I've used this to add an entry to open Visual Studio solution files (sln) elevated. For some projects I need this but most of the time I want to run with normal user rights.

  • dan_tdtower Surface Fan

    The Win8 CP is different than a beta. In previous windows betas you had to register to participate and there was a way to file bugs. It's not clear that there will be a way for users to file bugs for the CP.

  • I have to agree with user 'Anon22' that Search has become horrible and was way more useful in WinXP. Whomever decided to change this for the worse should be fired ... out of a cannon - into the sun!


  • dan_tdtower Surface Fan

    There are other examples of things that have changed for the worse that I've always wondered about. The Photo Collage screen saver in Vista for example was really cool. They made it totally lame in Win7 which makes no sense but there must be an answer somewhere.

    Anyone know if there is a way to copy the Vista version over to Win7 and make it work?

  • Larry, I used to do your style of driver install in the old days, that is that I had 2 cd drives, and would load 'em both, when one finished, swap it for another... until the whole job is done. That's as well as installing apps from the hard drive. Only 3 or 4 things installing at a time though. I mean, you've gotta have limits, right...?!

    Windows seems to have gotten stricter over time, or at least the installers have - They don't seem let you do it that way any more. Ah, the good ol' days...

    Now, a question, if you don't mind..

    You have mentioned a couple of times recently about doing a fresh install on an OEM pc - Could you be specific with licensing details? You say the OEMs use volume keys, but the sticker on the PC is for an OEM version of Windows, right? What I am getting at is that we don't all have the luxury of technet subscriptions ( boo hoo!), so would copyi...downlo...obtaining a clean OEM disk matching the key on the sticker and installing actually be legal...?

    You mentioned VLC before too, and on investigation, I came across alot of links about how people use K-Lite, and how it's bad (pirated / hacked stuff)...What are your views on this...?

    Oh, and finally: Do I really need to tell you what a great show this is...? lol

  • Hey Larry and Gov, days ago first located your incredibly informative "The Defrag Show"! Wow, what a learning experience for me that you guys graciously share.

    Have a Genuine Win 7 Ultimate dual booted with Win 8 Dev on a self build desktop that hackers and whackers have long-enjoyed attacking Win 7 via remote access. At this writing, kinda think Gov previously shared unique method for controlling the remote malicious attackers when he shared how to disable Admin account. Must admit, I admire their whacking knowledge. Currently, Prob Steps Recorder has been recording for 02:06, and continues recording... Seriously, believe Microsoft will learn new methods for protecting OS security secondary to my submitted data. On the other hand, appears Win 8 is the ultimate resolution.

    FYI, have two year old Sony Laptop, Intel i7, for a personal learning experience performed clean install of Dev 8. Had only one very minor print driver conflict that rapidly Win 8 resolved. Laptop and desktop use same gateway router, at this writing, the malicious remote whacker hackers have not compromised laptop, and believe me they have tried and continue trying.

    Again, Thank You for Sharing Valuable Knowledge !!!

    Respectfully, rv3

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