Monthly Archives: July 2013

Does your Surface think it’s in a different country (and how to fix it)?

I’m located in Australia, yet when I first started up my Microsoft Surface I noticed that some of the standard apps had a definite United Kingdom flavour to them. My Bing News was all UK based and all the prices in the Windows App Store were shown in GBP.

I had a look through the Change PC Settings available from the settings charm menu but all you can change in there is the Time Zone (which was correctly showing Sydney, Australia).



Changing the location of the Microsoft Surface ended up being quite simple (yet not very intuitive or easy to find). Here’s how it’s done.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen to bring in the charms menu and select the search charm. Then type “change location” and select “Settings” under the search input box. You should then see the “Change Location” icon and text on the left side of the screen – select this.



Now you get a simple Region | Location dialog that allows you to change your Home Location. For me I simply changed it over from United Kingdom to Australia.



After this change Bing News now showed Australia news rather than UK news and the Windows App store started showing prices in Australian Dollars.

Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 2 Available

microsoft-exchange-2013-cululative-update-2-downloadThe Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 2 is now available through the Microsoft Download Center.

Main Feature Enhancements in this update are:

  • Per-server database support
  • OWA Redirection
  • High Availability
  • Managed Availability
  • Cmdlet Help
  • OWA Search Improvements
  • Malware Filter Rules

For more details on the new features and how to install the update please refer to the Exchange Team Blog article.

How to copy an entire folder structure without copying the files (tip for starting the new financial year)

Here’s my tip to start the financial year off with some organisation. If you save your important files in a folder structure per financial year, then you will be ready to create that new folder for the new tax year. To save time and keep your filing structure consistent you can quickly copy the entire structure (including all subfolders) with the following technique. Using this technique, only the folder structure is copied (not the actual files). So you will be up and going with your new folder structure for the tax year and continue filing.

Here’s a simplified version of what my filing structure looks like:


Now simply create your new folder (under which you want to duplicate the folder structure)


Now open a Windows command window and run the following command. It’s the /T option that copies just the folder structure not the files. You can also use the /E option to include  empty folders in the copy (by default empty folders will not be copied).

xcopy “c:\users\cdwyer\documents\2012-2013” “c:\users\cdwyer\documents\2013-2014” /T /E


Job done, you should now see your copied folder structure ready to start filing into for the new year.


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