Windows Startup Directory File Path

Current User:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Personal Profile:

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

The startup folder for all users is:

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

If the folders are missing it’s fine to create them. You many need to enable “show hidden folders”

Shortcut to current user press “WinKey + R” and enter:


Shortcut to all users press “WinKey + R” and enter:

shell:common startup

Native Hyper-V Backup

Found the instructions here:

Open “Turn on and off windows features” and Install “Windows server backup.

When you have the option to select the type of backup click on “custom”.

You can then click on Add Items and include your Hyper-v host and VM.

This is great and adds itself to the regular backup process.

If you’re just looking for testing something out try the “Checkpoint” feature. That’s just the Microsoft parlance for snapshot if you’re more familiar with VMWare.

Autohotkey Quick Script

Autohotkey is a wonderful software for those that want to automate some particular task. The most common being typing. I’ll cover a sample script.

Firstly, you will need the autohotkey software.

Open notepad. Use the following script as a first test. The “ctrl + j” which is the script is depicted with a caret “^” and “j”. The combination will activate the script once AutoHotKey is running it. Save the file as an .ahk file. Please note that to do this you need to have windows explorer configured to see common file type extensions such that when the name of the file is changed that the file type also changes versus just the name. To run the script right-click on it and click “run script”. You will then see an autohotkey icon in the taskbar’s overflow for that specific script. If you’re using multiple scripts you will see an icon for each script running.

Send, My First Script

Here is a slightly more complicated script example for multiple lines

Send,Stuff you want to say`n`n

Send,More stuff you want to say`n`n


The “backtick and n” creates a new line character and will move down to the next line.

Free Internet Connection Monitoring with Notification Email or SMS

UptimeRobot is easy to use and works very well. The free version of the software allows intervals of as low as 5 minutes per recorded ping. If uptimerobot records that no ping responds then that connection can be configured such that a notification is sent to a particular email address. You also may have up to 50 monitors as part of the free package. Advanced features such as SMS delivery required the paid version which is only around $4-$6 / mo.

You’ll have to find your public IP address. Google has made this super easy. Just type in “What is my public IP address?” into Google’s search bar.

You’ll then need to test the ping from a different public IP. Sorry, search Google for how to do this.

If your firewall is blocking pings you’ll have to allow them.

If you have a sonicwall follow these instructions:

However, please note that UptimeRobot publishes all of their IPs here:

If you would like to have the listing in a .txt format scroll down to the bottom of that page.