displaylink consuming high cpu in surface pro 3

I had a problem that whenever I connected/disconnected my surface pro 3 to my dell displaylink 3100, then processes would take time to recover. Workaroud was to kill and restart explorer – although explorer might not have shown in the task manager as the processes consuming the most cpu. I recently upgraded my displaylink driver to version 8.0.778.0. Now everything seems ok.

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Posted by admin - October 24, 2016 at 08:07

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Surface Pro 3 wakeenable (after the firmware upgrade)

One thing that annoys me is the ability of my bluetooth mouse to wake my surface pro whilst it is in my bag. Here is how to fix.

First, reset your power plans (open the power plan from the control panel, then reset it).
Next, open a cmd prompt with admin rights (windows key + R, cmd, right click to get administrator option).
Then type the commands below (after the command prompt)

C:>powercfg /devicequery wake_armed
HID-compliant mouse (001)
Microsoft USB Dual Receiver Wireless Keyboard (Mouse and Keyboard Center)
Surface Ethernet Adapter

C:>POWERCFG /DEVICEDISABLEWAKE “HID-compliant mouse (001)”

C:>POWERCFG /DEVICEDISABLEWAKE “Microsoft USB Dual Receiver Wireless Keyboard (Mouse and Keyboard Center)”


C:>powercfg /devicequery wake_armed

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Posted by admin - October 23, 2016 at 16:45

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Surface Pro 3 Firmware power problems

The May 2016 firmware upgrade had a problem whereby some batteries reported false (lower) battery levels. The August firmware release should fix that: and Execute the appropriate msi.

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Posted by admin - October 23, 2016 at 16:39

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surface pro power problems

I have a surface pro 3. It’s gorgeous and I love it. However sometimes it gets confused and does not start up. I use this page to help me.

When it does start, I notice that the clock has lost some minutes / hours (basically since it was last working). So remember to update that.

Recently on the new patches for win8.1, it seems to power down rather than sleep. I have not quite figured that one out yet.

This is a useful info page on power states and InstantGo. And also windows club.

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Posted by admin - October 9, 2016 at 15:35

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win10 upgrade and rollback and upgrade

I had some problems upgrading to win10. I thought I would write down my experiences as I dont think I will be the only one 🙂

I had win8 on my personal laptop, so I decided to take advantage of the free upgrade offer to win10. I have a tool rmprepusb that allows you to boot the image off of a usb. As the iso for win10 is large, I decided to go that way and download it to the usb key, so I would have a way to do the upgrade on other computers.

Problem was that, even though I used the usb key and selected upgrade, it did not do an upgrade to win10, but instead did a new install. This meant that my license key was lost (forever?) and I was now in win10 without a license.

Luckily win10 comes with a rollback feature. Unluckily that did not work for me.

Dont panic.

The trick here is to look into c: drive and rename the windows.old directory. I then reinstalled a virgin win8 with a license key. Once I had that in place, I used my usb key to reboot and get a dos prompt and renamed the existing windows directory to windows.8new and copied the windows.old directory to be windows. Then rebooted into the machine again – and it all seemed to work ok (even had all my programs on the start menu, etc).

I then did the upgrade option for win10 (as I should have done right from the beginning).

I now have a legit license for win10.

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Posted by admin - April 17, 2016 at 14:47

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chm content not displayed

I downloaded the office2013 vba help files in chm format and saved them to my computer. When you launch them, you should see contact on the right hand side. I did not. I could still search using the left hand pane, but a double click in the lift hand pane did not show the expected content in the right.

To fix, you need to open properties (right click on the file) and then select unblock at the bottom (it has been blocked as it has come from the internet). Reload and the content should now display.

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Posted by admin - June 7, 2015 at 17:06

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Win8 remove taskbar thumbnail previews

This has been bugging the hell out of me: I like the lists (I can see what has been saved and what has not). I hate the previews (no extra information provided by them – and takes away my saved / not saved view) 🙂


New dword32

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 09:11

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CISCO anyconnect win8.1 “failed to initialize connection subsystem”

Microsoft very recently released some patches for win8.1. This breaks CISCO anyconnect. Error message: “failed to initialize connection subsystem”. This can be fixed by going to:

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 08:36

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hyper-v: vhd vs vhdx, dynamic vs fixed

Over the last week I’ve installed win8 about 10 times trying to get the right combination. Some things I’ve found out:

  • use vhd, 32-bit and memory less than 2048Mb if you want your drive to run on virtualpc – however I never got mine working and I tried creating it on virtualpc and going over to hyper-V on win8, as well as the other way round
  • for 4G RAM, my win8pro installation needed at least 24Gb, otherwise it ran out of space on a fixed drive. right now I am using 60Gb dynamic drive
  • it says that fixed drives are faster than dynamic. however there are studies out there that show dynamic can be faster than fixed and that the differences are not huge. go dynamic – it saves you a lot of time
  • if you want to install virtual machine and disk on an external drive and want to encrypt it, truecrypt does not work – use bitlocker. bitlocker works across win7 as well as win8. however sometimes if you install a fixed drive with an external cd drive, then my dell xps12 lost the handle to both external drives and then got into a terrible state thinking the external drive was corrupted
  • if you don’t have a week to spare, use dynamic drives, not fixed. dynamic drives format right away, whereas fixed take time (which opens up the problem described above
  • do not use fixed and then convert to dynamic – it does not work. nor does creating a new dyanmic drive and copying it
  • install the build (custom, rather than update – update does not work), boot into windows, then rerun the setup.exe. at some point it should ask to download updates (to the install process). that should allow you to install the 54 updates… btw you know this has worked as it should now tell you how much it is downloaded more frequently than 1 update after 20 minutes… it takes 30 minutes to download the 54 updates over a 100MB/s connection and 1 hour to install. Once installed, shut down and copy/paste the vdhx to get a copy.
  • when installing updates make sure you dont install all 55 at the same time (if using build 9200 on 25 August). also if you don’t know the hack about deleting “software distribution” directory – learn it. If you do want to install all 55, then be prepared for windows to not look like it is doing anything for 30 minutes. All told, I would go through cycles of 2 hours with updates, only to find it fail at the last point
  • if you do hit problems, then the windows update troubleshooter is very useful. aftre running, you can install a new patch rightaway, without having to restart
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    Posted by admin - August 25, 2013 at 16:13

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    visual studio source control with team foundation server (tfs)

    microsoft are currently providing free use of team foundation server for teams of 5 or less. there are some warnings that indicate they might make this a chargeable service later, but for now take advantage 🙂

    btw, if you are wondering why you should use source control, then go off and do your homework. source control is vital. period. if you are wondering why you should use tfs, my thinking is it is an MS tool so will work well with visual studio and for now it is free. when it changes from being free, I will look into github.

    this is the way I use it:
    open internet explorer (chrome does not always seem to work)
    sign in, preferably with your live id (whichever you use on the store)
    if you cannot remember your repository, go to account and it is listed there, eg:
    create “New Team Project” – I usually give same name as my project
    open visual studio
    in solution explorer
    click on solution, right click add to source control and select your project
    click on solution, check in and provide a label

    As you edit files, it does an automatic check out. When you close file/solution/application, it will check in the files.

    I have not yet worked out:
    LABELS. how to label the code so that I could get version or version of the files I submitted to microsoft marketplace, but will figure that out when needed.
    BUILD. you can launch builds on the tfs server, but they never seem to work for me. as I am only 1 developer right now, I am not too worried about this.

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    Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 11:02

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