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Saving files painlessly in Windows 8 – Easier and faster than XP!

Posted in Tweaking, Windows 8 with tags , , , on April 21, 2014 by Sirusdark

Windows 8 + saving files = @&*%$

That used to be my initial reaction…. Until I used the Libraries.

Note that I made the jump strait from Windows XP to Windows 8 and was used to save files easily and faster than most people. Thing is, I couldn’t save stuff the same way I used to in Windows 8… until I figured it out. It’s now easy and as fast. Here’s why and how:

Quick access gone?

When saving files in Windows 8, you’ll notice the big quick access shortcut buttons are gone (My recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, My Network) in the left side of the save prompt. In Windows XP, I used Tweak UI to customize those shortcuts to point strait at my data hard drive’s folders. Life was good… But, now, it’s even better!

XP - Save as...

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[ Windows XP “Save as…“; customized with Tweak UI ]

Instead, in Windows 8 you have Windows Explorer’s tree view (folders listing) on the left. And that’s where the magic happens.

Windows 8 Save Prompt and Libraries

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[Windows 8 Save Prompt with custom Library “My Picture” selected]


Libraries are a bit weird, but they’re awesome: simply put, they are pointers/shortcuts that redirects you to specific locations. Using libraries, you can now have a LOT more than just 4 or 5 quick access shortcuts! As of writing, I already use 8 custom Libraries, in addition to the default 4 Windows libraries! :D

Creating a custom Library

Here’s how to create a custom Library: navigate to your Libraries, then right-click -> New -> Library. Name it, then go in its properties (Alt + Enter), choose a location and voilà!

Library Folder View

In case you didn’t already noticed, Libraries all use the same folder view. You might wanna read my previous article on this: Windows 8 folders view – Nasty frakin’ oversight from Microsoft?

In conclusion, using Libraries I can now save files strait to my most used locations without the hassle of clicking down the trees. Combined with Windows’ Recent places in the Favorites section, I usuallydon’t have to browse more than one or two folders when saving stuff.



How to fix any Windows Problems

Posted in Computer, How to, Windows with tags , , on November 10, 2013 by Sirusdark

One word : System Restore

It’s the magic trick that allows you to fix pretty much any Windows problem you may encounter.


Have a problem you didn’t have before? You tried everything possible to solve it and yet,  still have an issue? Just restore your system to a previous date where everything was running fine. That’s it!

Of course, make sure you have automatic restore points being created and/or have created some restore points prior to any system changes, upgrade or software install.

I always recommend though to try to fix and understand the problem before restoring the system. Sometimes you’ll easily solve the issue and if you can’t, at least you’ll learn something.

Windows XP


Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore


See references.

Windows 7/Vista


Start > right-clicking Computer > Properties. Left pane > System protection > click System Protection tab > then click Create.


Usually done automatically by Windows whenever an update or a software is install. Usually.

Windows 8


Go on the desktop > right-clicking bottom left > System. Left pane > System protection > click System Protection tab > then click Create.


Usually done automatically by Windows whenever an update or a software is install. Usually.




List of all Windows keyboard shortcuts

Posted in Windows with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2013 by Sirusdark

Here are links to Windows keyboard shortcuts. I STRONGLY recommend you start using your keyboard more: reduced wrist strain, increased productivity, you’ll reap the benefits in minutes. After a week or two, it’s for life.

Note that almost all shortcuts works on any Windows versions and are often very similar to other systems (Linux or Mac).

Windows XP Home & Pro

Windows Vista

Windows 7

Windows 8 & RT




XP Pro – How to change sorting preferences of File Dialog

Posted in Bug, Tweaking, Windows with tags , , on March 12, 2013 by Sirusdark

-For some reason, whenever I Opened or Saved a file, the File Dialog showed my files and folders not in alphabetical order as it used to, but as “Last modified”… So for some reason, it seemed the Open/Save File Dialog window’s default sorting option changed.

Now, it’s interesting to know something can change that!


-How to change sorting preferences of File Dialogs?


THE SOLUTION – Sirus version
-Open Windows Explorer (Windows Key + E), select drive C: and sort to your liking. Now HOLD Ctrl key + click Close [X] button top right.


-The File Dialog default view will now be the same as the one you chose, no restart requires and Windows Explorer’s individual folder view stays unchanged.
-For all the details of how I was able to solve this, check the post I made on Microsoft Technet! :



How to clear VLC’s Network history list

Posted in Privacy, Software, Windows with tags , , on January 22, 2013 by Sirusdark


Here’s another quick-tip tutorial! It’s about :

How to clean VLC’s network history!

All you need to do this tweak, is Notepad or Notepad++ (which I highly recommend). VLC can keep a history of your recently open files and you can choose to enable, disable or simply clean the history whenever you want. Okay, that’s cool… but I wasn’t able to clear the network history (files played from a URL).


So, after searching in VLC’s configuration files, I finally found it:

C:\Documents and Settings\*USER*\Application Data\vlc\vlc-qt-interface.ini

Once you’ve found this config file (.ini extension), exit VLC and simply edit the file in Notepad/Notepad++ and remove all the history (text) after the “netMRL=“.


That’s it! After you’ve removed the text, restart VLC and you’ll now have a brand new, clean history, ready to be filled again!




No Japanese characters in Firefox? Solved!

Posted in Browser, Bug, Software with tags , , , on January 7, 2013 by Sirusdark

I just solved this very problem minutes ago. I couldn’t see Japanese characters in my browsers, now I can.

This how-to is aimed at Windows XP Pro users (yes, we rock).

Sure, a quick Google will give you answers, but you might not find much about the problem I encountered: that is missing files or actually, files with messed up extensions within the install disc.

So here’s a complete how-to, including how to solve this problem:


– To view Japanese (or any East Asian languages as it’s called) it is your OS that supplies these libraries to your browser, not the other way around. I was missing them, so I needed to install those from the Windows XP install Disc.


– Insert you XP Pro CD, then go in your Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Click on the Languages TAB and at the bottom, check the check box that says:  [] Install files for East Asian languages. You’ll probably be shown a message saying it can’t find a file (it will prompt for each missing file, thus telling you which one to look for!).

Regional and Languages Options_001

Missing files

– Don’t worry, your files are not missing from the disc. It’s the file extensions that are messed up. Probably Microsoft did that to prevent at large distributions of the DLLs. Anyway. My trick was to copy all the folders from the CD onto my hard drive, in a temporary folder, then use a small program to rename properly all the extensions. It requires just a few minutes and a few mouse clicks.
good and bad extensions_001Good extensions (.dll or .DLL) and bad ones (.CH_ or .DL_, etc.)

Rename those extensions

– I used the freeware File Extension Changer 1.1 application from When you’re prompt that ABCXYZ.dll file is missing, rename all the “.dl_ to .dll”. Missing a “.htp” files? Rename all “.ht_” extensions to “.htp”, and so on. Click retry and wait for the next “missing file”. Rename, repeat, rinse, etc.

File Extension Changer_001


-You won’t need to rename every single extensions, some will still have an underscore ( _ ). As long as you renamed all the one that were requested (missing) you’ll be good to go.


– When you’re done, Windows will prompt you to restart. Do so, then launch your favourite browser (Firefox of course), visit that website you were dying to see the Japanese characters and Voilà!

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