Technical Insanity

In every Microsoft operating system since windows 98 (It was installed as an extra, remember?) there has been Windows Update… theĀ application. It sits there in your system tray and reminds you every 2 minutes that you have one update to install that affects something you never use, then waits for you to go get a cup of tea before forcefully restarting you computer, casually losing anything you were working on!

For those of you who follow this blog, you may have noticed this being posted before, but you may not have noticed that this is an update! When an update window is seen, the process is automatically terminated for you. This does not affect the normal updating of your computer, but merely stops it bugging you about the update, and stops it for restarting by itself. The result? When you return from getting your cup of tea you work is still on the screen of your computer with you music still playing, ready for you to continue using it… the way it’s meant to be!

This version is also developed to work with windows 7 and XP, although others should work! Requires .Net Framework v2.0 to work.

If you have any comments orĀ suggestions, please comment on this post. You never know, it might just get added!


Download here: WAU Controller v2.2.0.1

There are more themes turning up that are officially from microsoft that are fully signed, meaning you don’t need to modify you windows XP install to use them, but were made instantly available to everybody for various reasons.

So here they are!
XP Styles

Download them here

1) Unstyled
I’m sure you’ve seen this, if this is what you are going for, did you know you can disable the themes service and save a little memory? Not a huge amount, but it might help depending on the system…

2,3,4) Windows XP style
Yup, they’re the default themes, included for completeness. Blue, Silver and Olive green… original names eh?

5) Embedded Style
Provided as part of Windows XP Embedded.

6) Zune Style
The official microsoft Zune Style, but has been made into a zip instead of the msi that is provided directly from MS. This is a free download available to all.

7,8) Royale Style (MCE Theme aka Energy Bliss) and Noir
This was provided with windows XP Media Centre Edition only, but has been extracted so it may be installed on any XP edition. This package also provides the Royale Noir style, thanks to

Note: The download from here has been updated by comparison to that from

I hope these are useful, to install any of these these and styles, unzip into ‘<Windows Directory>\Resources\Themes’, for example, on my system it is C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes.