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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 Voil√†!

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