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What is Thumbs.db? And how do I get rid of the Thumbs.db file?!

September 14th, 2009 1 comment

Ahhhhh! This stupid thumbs.db file is showing up everywhere and I can’t get rid of it! What is it and why is it in almost every folder?


Thumbs.db is a “Windows Thumbnail Cache” file. This file stores thumbnails of all thumbnail-able items in that one folder for quicker viewing access. These include files with the following extensions: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF, AVI, PDF, PPT and HTML.

Will I lose my pictures or the ability to view thumbnails if I delete this file?
No you won’t lose any data or functionality if you delete the thumbs.db file… but it will keep coming back unless you do the following:

  1. Double click the “My Computer” icon on your Desktop or Start Menu to bring up an Explorer window.
  2. On the top menu, click “Options” and then “Folder Options”
    Explorer Window
  3. Click the “View” tab and check the “Do not cache thumbnails” options.
    Do not cache thumbnails

That’s it!

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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!