Auto-run Application after login to Windows 10

Issue: User wants to have Outlook auto-open first after he login to Windows.

1) Press Windows key and R key (Run window appears)
2) Type in shell:startup and click Ok (Startup folder appears)
3) Right-click on empty space and select New, Shortcut
4) Browse to Outlook’s Location and click Ok
     My Outlook 2010’s location – C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft  Office\Office14
5) Click Next and Finish
6) Done


Where is the Startup folder in Windows 10?

Unable to delete old hard drive’s partition in Disk Management

Issue: I wanted to use faulty laptop’s old hard drive as external drive but i when i trying to delete all partition, i were only able to delete drive C, other partitions like Recovery, System and Reserved etc doesn’t have the option to delete.

Using DISKPART command in command prompt
1) Run command prompt as administrator

2) Type diskpart

3) Type list disk
4) Type select disk 1 (disk 1 is the old hard drive)
5) Type list partition ( it displays partitions have not deleted)

6) Type select partition=1 (select the first Recovery partition to delete)
7) Type delete partition override (delete partition)
8) repeat step 6 and 7 to delete rest of the partitions

9) Type exit (to exit DISKPART)
10) Go to Disk Management, old hard drive’s partitions have been deleted.

Exchange Server 2013 – Change message size limit

Beside changing the Maximum send size (for send connectors) and Maximum receive size (for receive connectors) in ECP (Exchange Admin Center).

In Exchange Management Shell, need to change Global Transport configuration settings.

To change Global Transport configuration settings for  MaxSendSize  to 30MB & MaxReceiveSize to 50MB:
Set-TransportConfig –MaxSendSize 30MB –MaxReceiveSize 50MB

To double check:
Get-TransportConfig | ft MaxSendSize, MaxReceiveSize
Get-SendConnector | ft name, MaxMessageSize
Get-ReceiveConnector | ft name, MaxMessageSize


Auto display current date when open Excel file

I have IT acknowledgement form for users to sign off when they received laptops from me.

Instead of every time i type in the date, i set a cell using Today function:

1) Right click on the cell and select Format Cells…
2) Click on Number tab, select Date in the Category
3) Select the type of format you prefer, mine is 14-Mar-01
4) Type in the function =TODAY()


5) Every time i open this file, it will display current date.

Create Windows 10 Setup USB Flash Drive

Create your own Windows 10 setup USB flash drive for future installation:

1) Obtain Windows 10 Product key using Belarc Advisor (
2) Go to
3) Click on Download Tool Now (64-bit version) – for 64bit windows.
4) Run MediaCreationToolx64.exe
5) Select Create installation media for another PC
6) Select Language, Edition and Architecture based on your Windows
7) Select USB flash Drive
8) Follow on-screen steps

Upgrade to Windows 10 manually

Some of the users didn’t receive the Window 10 upgrade alert (GWX) on their taskbar. Therefore not able to upgrade to Windows 10.

There is another way to upgrade your Windows:
1) Go to
2) Click on Download Tool Now (64-bit version) – for 64bit windows. You can check it by going to Control Panel, System. There will show you your Windows edition and System Type.
3) Run MediaCreationToolx64.exe
4) Select Upgrade this PC now and click Next
5) Follow on-screen to complete your Windows upgrade
6) After Windows upgrade, remember to save a copy of your computer info (which includes Windows Product key) using Belarc Advisor (

Acer Veriton – Acer eRecovery Management (updated included others)

Alt + F10 key

When you power on computer, Acer logo appears.
Immediately press above keys to get in Acer eRecovery Management.




  • Alt + F10 – This key combination will access Acer disk-to-disk (D2D) recovery partition. Note: you may need to enable the D2D option in CMOS setup.
  • F9 – Access ASUS EEE PC hidden partition
  • F10 or F11 – Access the Compaq (Hewlett Packard) recovery partition
  • Ctrl + F11 or F8 – Access Dell computers Dell System Restore (DSR) partition
  • F11 or Alt + F10 – Access eMachine option to restore a backup copy
  • F11 – Access Gateway hidden restore partition
  • F11 – Access Lenovo hidden recovery partition
  • F10 – Access Sony hidden restore partition
  • 0 (zero key) or F8 – Access Toshiba hidden partition

Shutdown computer using batch file & Task Scheduler

Issue: User refused to shutdown computer at the end of the day

1) Create a shutdown batch file
  @echo off
     shutdown /t 30 /s

2) Create a Task in Task Scheduler
General: Run whether user is logged  on or not
Run with highest privileges
Trigger: daily at 5pm
Action: Start a program
Program/Script: C:\temp\shutdown.bat
Conditions: Wake the computer to run this task