How Can I Change the Icon for a File Extension or File Type?

It is very easy to change the icon associated with a File Type once you learn the trick. Below I’ll show you how to change the icon for the Text file type. Windows will let you do this, but it’s not often easy. I recommend that you try out a small free stand-alone program called “Default Programs Editor” that makes it simple to change the icons for file types.

Default Programs Editor (DPE)

You can download DPE here. (requires Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5)
If you don’t want to or can’t use .Net Framework, then this freebie, File Association Editor, will also work for you.

DPE will download as a zip file. You’ll need to extract the contents of the zip file to a folder of your choice. Start the program by double clicking Default Programs Editor.exe. Then click File Type Settings.

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Choose the Icondialog.

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Use the search field to find the file type you want. In this case I typed in txtto find the file type for text files.

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It will show the current icon associated with Text files. Click the Browsebutton to select a new icon.

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Now it shows the location of the current icon. Click Browseonce more, to go to an icon file or library you need. I selected the shell32.dlllibrary which is in the Windows\System32 folder.

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Just for fun, I chose the red circle with a crossbar through it.

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Click the Save Iconbutton and you’ll see this message.
The settings for Text Documentwere successfully changed

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Finally, click Doneand you’ll be able to see that all your chosen files have a new icon.

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Here’s what my text files look like now.

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I don’t think I’ll be keeping this icon for my text files, but I hope you get the idea.

Be careful out there and have a nice day.

Get HP Quick Launch Buttons in Windows 7

Since I upgraded to I have been missing the HP Quick launch buttons feature on my HP Pavilion dv6000 special edition laptop (dv6875se).

I tweeted about it and fellow Techie buzzer Clif Sipe gave me a working solution, so here is a post that will show you how to get HP Quick Launch Buttons working in Windows 7.

Step 1: Visit HP.com in your web browser and select support & drivers from the menu.

Step 2: From the available radio buttons select Download drivers and software (and firmware) under Step 1. Under Step 2 enter the product number of your HP laptop or PC, in my case it was dv6875se (you will find this under your laptop or the serial number sticker on your desktop). Once you have entered the product number click on the Go button.

Step 3: In some cases HP will display a list of laptops/desktops that match yours select the one that you have to go to the driver page. In cases where you entered the exact product number it will take you directly to the drivers page.

Step 4: In the available list of operating systems click on Microsoft for 32-bit Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit) for for 64-bit Windows 7.

Step 5: Scroll down till you see Driver – Keyboard, Mouse and Input Devices, in that list click on the link HP Quick Link Launch Buttons to download the drivers.

Step 6: Install the downloaded software and the quick launch buttons will become functional again.

I tested this out on my laptop and everything works perfectly fine.

Uninstall Windows Live Messenger

Quite sometime back we had told you on how you can uninstall Windows live applications, using that tutorial you can easily remove any application from the Windows live suite including Windows Live Messenger.

Also See: How to Completely Uninstall Softwares

If you are looking for a easier solution to just uninstall Windows Live messenger a called Windows Live messenger uninstaller is what you need.

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WLM Uninstaller is a that provides users with a one click option to uninstall Windows Live Messenger.

Clicking on the Uninstall button will completely remove Windows Live messenger from your PC. You do not even have to visit the control panel for it.

Download WLM Uninstaller [via gHacks]

Import Tumblr Posts to Posterous and Posterous Themes

Posterous is one of the simplest way to share and publish content to a website using emails. I have been using Posterous for quite sometime now to forward funny emails and share it with my friends.

However unlike other similar platforms like Tumblr, Posterous did not have themes which are considered which allows users to customize the look and feel.

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But that was only until yesterday. In a new rollout Posterous has not added the ability to allow users to choose among different themes. You can choose between number of available themes, update headers or modify the HTML and CSS of the themes to suit your needs.

Import Posts from Tumblr to Posterous

Posterous has also added a new feature to import content from Tumblr and other blogging platform. To import posts from Tumblr visit http://posterous.com/import and select Tumblr from the list.

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Enter the details of your Tumblr blog and hit Save. Posterous will import all your posts from Tumblr and add it to your Posterous account, pretty cool considering that Tumblr is the biggest rival of Posterous.

You can also import content from other blogging platforms like Blogger, , Typepad, Movable Type and Xanga.

No Printers Found? Windows can’t open Add Printer. The local print spooler service is not running.

There are times when you want to print a webpage or document and see a message like the one below even though you have all the printers and drivers installed.

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Since the error says that there are no printers installed the most logical solution would be to check why it is giving you this error, so you head to the printers in control panel.

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Most of the times you will see that the printers are missing from the available devices and when you try to install a printer you will see an error like the one below.

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Case of the Missing Printers

As you can see from the error above the printers are missing due to the Print spooler service being disabled or stopped, you can restart your computer to get the printers back. But why waste time when you can do it without restarting the PC.

Here are the steps to get your missing printers back without having to restart the PC.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the run box and type in services.msc.

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Step 2: The services window will open, in that find Print Spooler and start the service.

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Once you have done that refresh or reopen the printer page from control panel and you will see that all your printers should reappear again.

While you are printing please try and save the environment use a add-in to print what you want or an excellent service that will allow you to save pages and inks by removing data and images you do not want to print. Happy Printing.

How Can I Change Windows Default Desktop Icons?

Here’s how to change the standard icons you normally see on your Windows Desktop.

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These instructions are for Windows XP.

Scroll on down further to see how to do this in Vista or Windows 7.

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select Properties. Then choose the Desktoptab as shown.

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Click the Customize Desktopbutton. Select the icon you wish to change and then click the Change Iconbutton.

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You’ll see the location of the current icon and clicking Browsewill allow you to choose a new icon.

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Here you can see that I’ve selected an icon from the shell32.dllicon library. Hit the OK button after you’ve selected the icon you wish to use.

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You should now see the changed icon in the list. If you are done changing icons, you can hit OK to save your changes. You will have to hit another OK button after that to exit the Desktop properties.

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Now you can see the changed icon on your desktop.

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Instructions for Windows Vista and Windows 7

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop. Then select the Change desktop iconslink.

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The rest of the procedure is pretty much the same as what I showed you above for Windows XP.

That’s all there is to it. Now you can make your Windows a little more personal.

Configure uTorrent for faster downloading

The uTorrent speed can be optimized. This will help you do faster downloads while using uTorrent. Follow the simple configurational tweaks below to get your job done.

NB : Prior to doing any configuration changes please note down the values of the entries that you are changing .

  1. Open your uTorrent.
  2. Now go to Options > Preferrences.
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  3. Now the window that opens, select Connection in the left pane. Now do the settings as shown in the image below.
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  4. Now similarly go to the Bandwidth tab in the left pane. Now put the values as shown below.
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  5. Now in the left pane select the BitTorrent tab & follow the image below.
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  6. Click the Queueing tab in the left pane & do the following changes in the right pane.
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  7. Now in the Scheduler tab uncheck the Enable Scheduler option.scheduler
  8. Now click Apply and enjoy faster download.

If you have a router

  1. Press Windows key + R. Type   cmd & hit enter.
  2. Now type ipconfig in the resulting window and press enter.
  3. Note down your ip address and your default gateway that shows up there.
  4. Now open your default browser & type in the default gateway in the address bar & hit enter. A login panel will open both the fields are generally set to admin by default.
  5. Beneath Applications’ fill out one line for every p2p client that is used.
  6. You have to use ip address, the correct port range and set either tcp or udp.
  7. You can find ports in the actual p2p client’s settings. Those are editable, but be sure to make them same as in the router.
  8. Most p2p apps needs tcp & udp both checked, make sure of it from the FAQ..
  9. Save your settings.

For applying port forwarding for uTorrent consult Port Forward.

Some configurations that are shown here are applicable for my own personal bandwidth. Check your own bandwidth here.

On the ending note, I must mention that not all the settings will be applicable for you or may be the values will differ a bit. But those settings are the most common & works well with most of the lot, so lets hope it works with you too.

How to Restore Default File Extension Type Associations?

When you double click to open a file, you may find that it opens up in an application that you don’t want to use. Below I’ll point out some ways that you can change this, but first I want to explain a little bit about how it all works.

What are File Extensions and File Types?

As you may already know, the last few letters after the dot in a full file name are called the extension. A picture or photo file would often have a name such as family.jpg. In that case, jpg is the extension. You’ll often see music files with the extensions of mp3 or wma. A file type is a group of file extensions. In the above examples, the musicfile type may contain the extensions for mp3, wma and many others.

What are File Associations?

File type associations are settings that control what applications open your files and other ways that Windows interacts with them. The file type associations and protocols can accidentally be changed by installing and un-installing software or virus and malware infections.

How Can I Change File Associations?

Here at Techie-Buzz we’ve previously told you how to change file type associations. See the two following articles if you want to un-associate a file type in Vista or simply want to change the default application.

Un-associate File Types To Use Your Favorite Programs In Windows Vista

Reclaim your files to open in your favorite editor

How Can I Restore Windows Default File Associations?

If you wish to restore the file associations back to what they were when your copy of Windows was brand new, keep reading.

The settings for file associations are stored in the Windows Registry. Editing the registry or merging a .reg file into the registry allows you to change the defaults or restore them.

If nothing else works, the following links will lead to .reg files that can be merged into the registry to restore default behaviors. These are the settings that a new copy of Windows uses before any changes are made to it.

Here are a few of the file extensions that you can restore: avi, bat, bmp, chm, cmd, com, cur, dll, exe, gif, htm, html, ico, inf, jpe, jpeg, jpg, js, lnk, mp3, mpa, mpe, mpeg, mpg, msc, reg, rtf, scr, tif, tiff, txt, vbs, wma, wmv, wsf, xml, xps,   and zip.

Please be sure to read the instructions on these pages. Making changes to your Windows Registry can be hazardous unless you take precautions.

Normally, these .reg files will immediately restore the default behavior of file types. If not, you may have to reboot your PC before you see any changes.

Be sure to comment below if you have problems, questions or different solutions.

How To Disable/Block Loading Images in Firefox?

Images are the heaviest components on a webpage and they can eat up a lot of internet bandwidth. If you are on a low bandwidth connection you can easily reduce bandwidth usage by disabling images from loading in .

Disabling images from loading is pretty simple and you do not need to add any . Follow the simple steps to disable images in Firefox.

Disable Images from Loading in Firefox

Step 1: Go to Tools -> Options in Firefox.

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Step 2: Go to the content tab and de-select the checkbox next to Load images automatically.

Step 3: If you want certain sites to still load images you can click on the Exceptions button and add the URLs of the sites that you want images to load for.

That’s it the images will not load in Firefox unless you load it explicitly by right clicking on the image. If you are looking to block images for only certain sites you can always right click on a image on the page and select Block images from domain name….

Or a better solution would be to use the Image Block extension which will allow you to selectively block images on certain sites.

Disable Windows From Restarting After Automatic Updates

We always advised our readers to activate Automatic updates in Windows as it will allow you to keep your PC safe and secure with the latest patches Windows releases.

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However one of the most annoying things about Windows Update is that it automatically restarts the PC after a certain time. It does provide you with an option to delay the reboot, but if you are not near the PC it will force restart and you may lose unsaved data and open applications.

In order to stop Windows Update from automatically restarting/rebooting your PC, follow the simple steps given below.

Note: You will have administrative privileges to perform the actions below. Also the steps below will only temporarily disable the automatic restart, it may still show you the restart dialog though.

How to Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting PC

Step 1: Press Windows + R key and type in cmd. Press enter and a new command prompt will open up.

Step 2: In the command window, just type in net stop windows updatewith the quotes. This should stop Windows from automatically restarting.

Additionally if you do not want to follow the steps above, you can also download a software called Leave me Alone which will allow you to disable automatic reboots without changing any additional settings.