Windows 10 – Where’s the Start Up Folder

What has been bugging me recently is the fact that the applications that I had setup to start each time I boot my Window 10 MacBook Pro, does not come up any more.

I’m not sure if it was meant to come across during the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 or that I’ve missed some sort of setting during the upgrade; fairly certain there wasn’t one but it’s neither here or there any more.

With this, it appears that it is much easier to get to the Start Up Folder within Windows 10. (Note: after testing, this too is in Windows 8.1 so I’m well a head of the curve ball…NOT!).

To get to your specific User Start Up Folder;

Simply hit the Windows + E to bring up the Explorer and enter in the following commandlet

shell:startup

As you can see, it should take you to the following directory

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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To get to the All Users Start Up Folder;

shell:common startup

As you can see, this commandlet should take you to the following directory

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

AllUsersStartUp

Either way, hope this assists someone out there!

Windows 10 – TH2 Release Professional Build 10532

Windows 10 TH2 Release Professional Build 10532.

Windows Insider subscribers may have received the second release to Threshold 2 Update as of Friday 28th August 2015 (Sydney Australia).

When it was release early Friday morning (for us here in Sydney, Australia), we noticed that for some reason, devices with Windows 10 TH2 Release Professional Build 10525, had immediately started pulling down the new update. No word of warning, it just started to download.

Unfortunately, this caused havoc on our link within our office that morning.

With this, several test devices that had Windows 10 (TH2 installed) started downloading and utilising all available bandwidth on our network. Even though we have a massive pipe to our office, we could see the strain on the network and the effects it was having on our business; we immediately took these devices offline which brought the network back up.

I had thought that BITs (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) would have control the throttling of bandwidth, however I was advised by one of my colleagues that BITs wouldn’t understand the parameters of the network and therefore just grab as much bandwidth it could.

Keep this in mind if you’re looking at installing the latest update, as it will no doubt smash your bandwidth if you’re careful.

On a personal note, the TH2 failed to install on my MacBook Pro (late 2011 model) with Windows 10 Professional. I find that it gets to the installing update after a reboot, where it then performs a roll back.

I will advise once I’ve managed to resolve this!

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Windows 10 – TH2 Release Professional Build 10525

Threshold 2 Update.

Windows Insider subscribers are available to download and install the new Threshold 2 Update. This will be available to Windows 10 users in October 2015.

From what I understand, and what my trusty colleague Steven Hosking has advised, it is classed as Windows 10.1.

Will post more once I’ve installed / reviewed and had a play!

Can’t be bothered waiting any longer, I’m installing Windows 10!

So in my previous Windows 10 post, I had noted that I was going the patient approach, and that I would wait for Microsoft to push the Windows 10 update to me in due course; that was last night. I was expecting a pop up window on my laptop this morning asking me to update to the latest version of Windows – Windows 10… however all I got upon checking this morning was a big fat NOTHING!

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Anyway thanks to this link, I was able to skip the line and proceed with upgrading my Windows 8.1 edition to Windows 10.

Just to reiterate the article’s first step, it is very important to BACK UP your data prior performing ANY upgrade.

Once I backed up my data, I had went to Microsoft’ Download Windows 10 link and clicked on ‘Download Tool Now (64-bit version)‘ and hit run once prompted.

Obviously check and download the appropriate version applicable to your PC.

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Once initiated, I selected Upgrade this PC now

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Once it runs through the initial checks of the PC, updates, it will then prompt advising the applications that will NOT be brought across to Windows 10.

Hit Confirm and then Continue

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Select what you would like to keep (i.e. Keep personal files and apps, keep personal files only or keep nothing at all) with a clean install – hit continue.

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It will run through with the initial installation process. As you can see, once the initial setup is completed, the below image will appear;

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Once competed, it should provide you with how you would like to login (using your existing login profile, or to create a new one). Once confirmed (using my previous Microsoft ID account) I had logged in successfully and found Windows 10 had finally installed.

After the initial setup and configuration, I’m happy to say that I’m a Windows 10 user.

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It’s probably safe to say I’m well behinf the 8 ball when it comes to using Windows 10 however I’m sure I’ll be able to figure out the ins/outs of it along with the pros and cons. I’ll do a bit of a review in the next couple of weeks.

Good luck with your installs out there!

Windows 10 sneaks its way onto your PC!

Windows 10 as we are aware will release to selected Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices from Wednesday evening (here in Australia) or Wednesday morning in the States (and everywhere else that is behind us!).

Normally for me, I’d already have Windows 10 installed on my MacBook when first released to the public (beta edition) but I thought, for this particular release, I’ll wait, be patient and get it like everyone when Microsoft officially release it.

What you’re mostly unaware of (including myself) is that the Windows 10 installation files could already be sitting on your PC quietly tucked away in the following directory;

C:\$Windows.~BT

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As my colleagues and I were eagerly anticipating the notification that Windows 10 is ready to run on my MacBook (yes, running bootcamp), we were continuously spamming the ‘Check your upgrade status’ option at the bottom of the task bar (right click Windows icon and select Check your upgrade status);

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Unfortunately, we were greeted with the following message every time we checked;

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Knowing that Windows 10 isn’t officially available and as well having known that the installation files already exist on my PC, I was always going to give that setup executable a try!

This is how I went;

Looks promising… I hit Install Now button

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After a few seconds, I then receive the following message;

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I then do a quick search within that directory.. nothing! Obviously the boot.wim file (along with whatever else they’ve decided NOT to download as well) was deliberate, done on purpose to stop people (like myself!) initiating the installation/upgrade of their PCs (prior to the official release date).

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There are reports that even though you’ve ‘reserved’ your copy of Windows 10, it could be weeks where you will see the ‘upgrade now’ window appear.

Hopefully for me it won’t be too long and that it will download overnight (at the time of publishing it is 9.30pm on Wednesday 29th of July 2015) – it’s as if it is Christmas Eve and that I’m eagerly anticipating Christmas Day to open my presents (in this case, Windows 10 release).

We’ll see how it goes when I get up tomorrow morning!

Wish me luck!