Windows 8.1: Where the heck is Start-up folder?

Microsoft ditched the start-menu in Windows 8. I get that. BUT we used to get to the start-up folder using start-menu, so we can place few shortcuts to start automatically when we log in.  How the hell am I going to find it in the GUI? Sad smile No where.

I searching around and found where the heck is start-up folder. Its under freaking “C:\ProgramData” folder. Copy the following path and paste it in run box (Windows +R)

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Place your software/program shortcuts here. Smile

How to Create a bootable Windows 2012 R2 USB Disk? (applies to Windows 8.1 also)

Pre-requisites: 7-Zip software (Download it from here:, Windows 2012 (R2) ISO (or Windows 8.1 ISO), 8GB or more USB disk

  • Open Command Prompt in elevated mode (Run as Administrator)
  • Type diskpart and press Enter
  • Type list disk and press Enter. Note the list of existing disks.
  • Insert the USB Disk
  • Type list disk and press enter again. Note the new disk showed up which is our USB disk. I assume the new disk is 2 for example purpose.
  • Type select disk X where X is your USB disk. E.g., select disk 2. Press Enter.
  • Type clean and press enter.
  • Type create partition primary and press enter to create primary partition 1.
  • Type select partition 1 and press enter.
  • Type active and press enter to make the partition 1 active
  • Type format fs=ntfs and press enter. This will format the partition 1 as NTFS volume.
  • Type assign and press enter to assign the USB disk to a drive letter.


  • Now right click on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 ISO file, select 7-Zip –> Extract Files…
  • Select your USB disk to extract the ISO contents to the USB disk

That’s all. Boot the server or computer using the bootable USB disk.

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Outlook 2013 (&2010): Pictures in Signature–How to?

In Outlook 2013 (& 2010) if you paste or insert an picture (e.g., Logo) in Signature Editor, it is not resizable. You are stuck and not able to do a correct sized picture in Logo. But No worries. There is an very simple trick that you can make the signature however you want.

  • Click New E-mail in Outlook 2013 (or 2010)
  • Type and insert the picture and make the signature that way you want.


  • Now Copy the whole thing in the compose window.
  • Click Insert –> Signature –> Signatures..
  • Click New and type a name, click OK.
  • Paste the copied signature

That’s it. Enjoy. Smile

Windows 8: All installed Applications in one folder like Mac OS X

If you liked how OS X have an Applications folder, you can do that in Windows 8.x also. It’s very easy.

1. Open Explorer

2. Go to a location where you want to create Applications Folder (e.g., Documents)

3. Create a new folder and rename the folder to Applications.{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

4. That’s all. Open the Applications folder, you will see all installed applications on your computer including Metro apps.


Windows 8.1: Easy Shutdown method for touch screen computers

The straight forward method of shutdown the Windows 8.x tablets is bring the charms bar (slide from right to left on the right side of the screen), click Settings, Power and then Shutdown. (Well, you can press and hold the power button too).

To make things little easier you can place a tile/icon on the start menu for the file “C:\Windows\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe”. This executable will bring Windows Phone style shutdown screen (slide down to shutdown).

Step-by-step instructions (if you like).

1. Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Windows\System32 and find the file SlideToShutdown.exe.

2. Right click on the file and choose Pin to Start. (Tip: You could use Obly Tile to create a new tile with cool looking icon).


Slide to Shutdown screen looks like this:


Windows 8.1: Photo Slide Show on your Lock Screen

When you lock your Windows 8.1 computer/tablet, it shows the your default logon screen picture. You can enable photo slide show on your lock screen. To do this, make sure you have some photos or picture readily available on your Pictures folders (or anywhere on the computer hard disk).

  • Open PC Settings (Move your mouse cursor to bottom-right corner, click settings (gear icon) on the charms bar and click Change PC Settings)
  • Click on PC and Devices and them select Lock Screen

  • Turn ON the slider for Play a slide show on the lock screen
  • If you photos are in Pictures folder, you are done. If not, Add folder in the list.
  • Click Back button and close PC Settings (Alt-F4 would be quick way).

That’s all. Enjoy your slide show on the lock screen. Smile

Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2: Task Manager Gadget on your desktop

How about to display CPU,Memory, Disk and Network performance details on your desktop without any third-party software? Windows 8.1 has built-in cool display, gadget like, in Task Manager application.

It looks like this:



With that you can monitor you computer/server performance at a glance. To get this view,

  • Open Task Manager (right lick on task bar and select Task Manager) on your computer or server
  • Go to Performance Tab


  • Double click on one of the graphs on the left side strip

Enjoy the tip. Hope you like it.

Windows 8.1: Go straight to Desktop after logon (if you like)

If you hate to see the start screen every time you logon to Windows 8.1, you can tune Windows to go to Desktop directly. (P.S. This is Windows 8.1 feature, will not work in Windows 8).

1. Go to desktop and right click on task bar and select Properties.

2. On Taskbar and Navigation properties window, select Navigation tab.

3. Select the check box for Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in.


4. Click OK.

That’s all. Enjoy your desktop. Smile

PowerPoint: How to insert an monthly calendar?

It’s very easy. In essence you find the calendar template, find the the month, copy the monthly calendar and paste it on your presentation. Those who want step-by-step instructions, here they are.


1. Click File –> New on your PowerPoint.

2. Type Calendar in search box. Browse through the results and find the one template you like.

3. Click on the template and click Create.


4. Enter any details/appointments on the dates.


5. Copy the Slide and paste it on your presentation.


Windows 8: Capture Screens/Take screen shots with no third party tools

In Windows 8 capture the whole screen is real easy. You simply press Windows Key + Print Screen Key. The captured picture will be stored in your Pictures folder under Screenshots.

If you want to capture a window or part of the screen, you can still use Snipping Tool. (Press Windows key and type Snip, select Snipping Tool from the search results).  Snipping Tool is available since Windows 7.