Archive for February, 2009

Free Windows XP Themes: Royale, Royale Noir, Zune

February 25th, 2009 3 comments

I was asked which Windows XP theme I was using in my past posts. After looking at the “Luna” theme ever since XP came out, it got boring. Here are three different themes that you can use without any hacks or 3rd pary applications because they are strait from Microsoft!

Windows XP Royale Blue and Royale Noir Theme Download

Extract the zip and place the contents of the file into “C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\”…

File Location

Double click “luna.msstyles” and the following properties box will come up:

Royale Blue XP Theme

The default theme and color scheme will be Royle. If you would like the darker theme, choose Royale Noir under color scheme:

Royale Noir Theme

If you are looking for the Zune theme which adds a hint of orange, download it here:

Windows XP Microsoft Zune Theme Download

This download contains an installable MSI file. Just extract the zip and double click the file to install the theme. It will look like this:

Zune Style

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Remove the Open File Security Warning in XP, Vista, and Windows 7

February 20th, 2009 35 comments

Every single time you download a program and try to run it, that stupid pop-up comes up and adds a whole extra click. The pop-up looks like this:

"Open File - Security Warning" - "The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?" YES I'M SURE DAMNIT!

"Open File - Security Warning" - "The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?" YES I'M SURE DAMNIT!

You can remove this in any Microsoft OS that is XP or later with the same steps. How do I remove this you ask? Like so:

1. Click Start, Run (or Windows+R) and type gpedit.msc


2. Navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Attachment Manager
then double click “Inclusion list for low file types” on the right pane

Group Policy


3. Select Enabled and enter in the file extensions you want to allow, including the preceding period and separated with a semicolon


Inclusion list for low file types

Hit OK, exit out of your Group Policy window, and run your newly downloaded spyware infested program, free of the annoying “security” pop-up!

VMware VIClient “Please specify a valid image file” Error Fix

February 20th, 2009 7 comments

Using VMware Infrastructure Client to manage your VMs? Try mounting a valid CD image and get the following error?

Please specify a valid image... IT IS VALID DAMNIT!

Please specify a valid image file... IT IS VALID DAMNIT!

Here’s what my file looked like:


If you rename your ISO file’s extention to all lowercase, VIClient will now accept it, even with the long filename.


There is a bug with the VIClient where it requires the file extention “iso” which is case sensitive.

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First Post!

February 20th, 2009 No comments

So I finally started to post something. Might not be much yet but I have a list of posts I would like to knock out here in the next couple months. Here’s a teaser:

  • X10 Controlled Christmas Lights
  • pfSense VMs
  • Open File Security Warning in XP
  • Many PHP and Ajax Scripts
  • VMware Randomness

Oh, and I’ll take requests too!

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