Making Pageant automatically load keys on startup

So I have a few private keys I generated for Public-Key SSH authentication. In Windows I manage SSH keys with Pageant – an SSH authentication agent for PuTTY. PuTTY is an awesome SSH/Telnet client for Windows that also comes with a suite of helper utilities like key generator and agent.

My work week starts like this: I log into my Windows workstation, open Pageant and load my keys one after another. Since the keys are encrypted I have to enter a password for each key. Once the keys are in memory I can securely log into multitude of Linux servers and routers (that have the public key) without enduring their login prompt each time. Pretty nice, but there is still some room for improvement.

I would like Pageant to start on boot/login and automatically load my keys. Pageant can load one or more private keys when it starts up if you provide them on the Pageant command line. The simplest way to do this in Windows is to create a specially crafted shortcut inside the Startup folder (Start -> Programs -> Startup):

  1. Go to Start menu, then “Programs”, right click on the Startup folder and choose “Open”
  2. Right-click inside the folder and select “New”, then “Shortcut”
  3. Browse to your PuTTY installation, for example “C:\Program Files\PuTTY” and select “pageant.exe”
  4. Name the shortcut whatever you want
  5. Right-click the newly created shortcut and select “Properties”

You should see something like this:

If all you have is one private key, simply append its full path to your “Target” field like so:

Target: “C:\Program Files\PuTTY\pageant.exe” C:\Path\to\myKeys\MyKey.ppk

Not bad, but with multiple keys the line becomes rather long. It also feels rather silly to specify the same path multiple times when all keys are stored in the same folder like this:

Target: “C:\Program Files\PuTTY\pageant.exe” C:\Documents and Settings\myaccount\My Documents\myKeys\key1.ppk C:\Documents and Settings\myaccount\My Documents\myKeys\key2.ppk C:\Documents and Settings\myaccount\My Documents\myKeys\key3.ppk

This is where the field “Start in” can help. By changing it we can tell Pageant to start in the folder containing our keys and load them by file name:

Target: “C:\Program Files\PuTTY\Pageant.exe” key1.ppk key2.ppk key3.ppk

Start in: “C:\Documents and Settings\myaccount\My Documents\myKeys”

Much better! This single shortcut will start Pageant and load the keys. If the keys are stored encrypted, Pageant will request the passphrases on startup, otherwise they’ll be loaded without any prompts. If Pageant is already running, this will simply load the keys.



Folder share permissions script

I created this script just to make my life a little bit easier.


Either run this script as administrator or create a shortcut to this script, set it to run as admin.


@echo off
color 0a
goto check_Permissions
echo Administrative permissions required. Detecting permissions…

net session >nul 2>&1
if %errorLevel% == 0 (
echo Success: Administrative permissions confirmed.
goto start
) else (
color 0c
echo Failure: Current permissions inadequate. Please run as administrator. Recommend creating shortcut and setting it to run as admin.
goto end

pause >nul

echo ===============
echo Folder Share Script
echo ===============
set /p arpath=Copy folder path into this window and press enter:
for %%A in (%arpath%) do set filename=%%~nxA
net share “%filename%”=”%arpath%” /GRANT:EVERYONE,FULL /CACHE:NONE
echo Folder shared successfully. Press any key to exit
pause > nul

NIC Switch Script

This script enables you to enable and disable NIC’s as you wish. Make sure to run an elevated command prompt.

:: Automatically check & get admin rights
@echo off

ECHO =============================
ECHO Running Admin shell
ECHO =============================

if ‘%errorlevel%’ == ‘0’ ( goto gotPrivileges ) else ( goto getPrivileges )

if ‘%1’==’ELEV’ (shift & goto gotPrivileges)
ECHO **************************************
ECHO Invoking UAC for Privilege Escalation
ECHO **************************************

setlocal DisableDelayedExpansion
set “batchPath=%~0”
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion
ECHO Set UAC = CreateObject^(“Shell.Application”^) > “%temp%\OEgetPrivileges.vbs”
ECHO UAC.ShellExecute “!batchPath!”, “ELEV”, “”, “runas”, 1 >> “%temp%\OEgetPrivileges.vbs”
exit /B

setlocal & pushd .

REM Run shell as admin (example) – put here code as you like
goto Choices

REM use this command to determine what the adapter index number is
REM wmic nic get name, index

choice /c:123
If ERRORLEVEL == 3 goto NICIndex
If ERRORLEVEL == 2 goto Disable_LAN
If ERRORLEVEL == 1 goto Enable_LAN
goto EOF

wmic path win32_networkadapter where index=14 call enable

goto :EOF

wmic path win32_networkadapter where index=14 call disable
goto :EOF

wmic nic get name, index
goto :EOF

echo 1 Enable LAN
echo 2 Disable LAN
echo 3 Get NIC index
goto Top



How to run Outlook 2007/2010/2013/2016 Rules from a button

To be able to run a single (or all) rules from a single button instead of having to use the outlook rules dialogue box, the following code should help:

First, go into the VB Editor,  Tools -> Macro’s > Visual Basic Editor (or press ALT-F11)

Assuming you don’t already have any modules in here.  Press Insert -> Module

You will be presented with a new window waiting for code, paste this in for all rules:

Sub RunAllInboxRules()
Dim st As Outlook.Store
Dim myRules As Outlook.Rules
Dim rl As Outlook.Rule
Dim count As Integer
Dim ruleList As String
‘On Error Resume Next’ get default store (where rules live)
Set st = Application.Session.DefaultStore
‘ get rules
Set myRules = st.GetRules

‘ iterate all the rules
For Each rl In myRules
‘ determine if it’s an Inbox rule
If rl.RuleType = olRuleReceive Then
‘ if so, run it
rl.Execute ShowProgress:=True
count = count + 1
ruleList = ruleList & vbCrLf & rl.Name
End If

‘ tell the user what you did
ruleList = “These rules were executed against the Inbox: ” & vbCrLf & ruleList
MsgBox ruleList, vbInformation, “Macro: RunAllInboxRules”

Set rl = Nothing
Set st = Nothing
Set myRules = Nothing
End Sub

The below is for a single rule, don’t forget to change rule name:

Sub RunAllInboxRules()
Dim st As Outlook.Store
Dim myRules As Outlook.Rules
Dim rl As Outlook.Rule
Dim runrule As String
dim rulename as string

Rulename = “*****name of rule*****”

Set st = Application.Session.DefaultStore

Set myRules = st.GetRules

For Each rl In myRules

If rl.RuleType = olRuleReceive Then

If rl.Name = rulename Then
rl.Execute ShowProgress:=True
runrule = rl.Name

End If
End If

ruleList = “This rule was executed against the Inbox:” & vbCrLf & runrule
MsgBox ruleList, vbInformation, “Macro: RunAllInboxRules”

Set rl = Nothing
Set st = Nothing
Set myRules = Nothing
End Sub


Script for updating coretemp

This script assumes that wget is installed in %SYSTEMROOT%.

The purpose of this script is to quickly download, install (with default settings), and update coretemp to the latest version on a machine


wget -O %UserProfile%\Desktop\coretemp.exe

%UserProfile%\Desktop\coretemp.exe /sp /silent /closeapplications

START C:\”Program Files”\”Core Temp”\”Core Temp.exe”

del %UserProfile%\Desktop\coretemp.exe


Google Chrome Scroll Anchoring

Scroll Anchoring is a new feature of Google Chrome 51 and newer that prevents visible jumps of the active page when offscreen content changes.

You may have experienced the following situation when using a browser like Google Chrome: you load a page and some text is loaded quickly. You begin to read the text and scroll a bit or a lot, and suddenly the page begins to scroll automatically as other elements, images or media, are added to the page.

You lose sight of the position you were at when that happens. This scroll jumping can be confusing, as you need to locate the position on the page when things started to jump around to continue reading.

These visible jumps, when you start to scroll while a page is loading, is problematic on the desktop, and maybe even more so on mobile devices.

Scroll Anchoring


Scroll Anchoring has been designed to prevent these visible jumps from happening in Chrome. Basically, what the feature does is adjust the page in the background without jumping away from the part that is visible on the screen.

The feature is not enabled by default but part of the browser’s experimental flags. These features are not yet ready for prime time, or need further testing, before Google makes a decision whether to integrate it natively in Chrome or remove it again.

To enable scroll anchoring in Google Chrome, do the following:

  1. Make sure you are running at least Google Chrome 51. Easiest way to find out is to load chrome://version/ and check the version that is displayed.
  2. If that is the case, load chrome://flags/#enable-scroll-anchoring to jump directly to the preference.
  3. On mobile, you may find it easier to load chrome://flags and use the built-in search to find anchor to jump to it instead.
  4. Switch it to enabled to turn it on.
  5. Restart google Chrome to complete the change.

The feature is available for all desktop versions of Google Chrome, for Chrome OS and for Chrome on Android.

To turn it off again, repeat the process outlined above but switch the preference to disabled this time to do so.