How to Hide a Drive in Windows Explorer

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You’ve probably read a bunch of posts on how to create hidden folders, secure folders, locked folders, etc, in Windows on many occasions! Heck, one of the most popular articles on this blog used to be on how to create a secure and locked folder in Windows XP. However, hiding a folder is a tricky proposition and […]

How to Change the Last Modified Date, Creation Date, and Last Accessed Date for Files and Folders

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It’s amazing how many times you will find yourself in a situation where you have to change or modify the dates for a file or folder, such as the creation date, last modified date or the last accessed date! I’m not really going to wonder WHY anyone would need to do this, but based on […]

Fix "There are no Active Mixer Devices Available" Error in Windows

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I recently worked on a client’s computer that was giving him the error “no active mixer devices available” whenever he clicked on the volume icon in the taskbar. This problem came up out of nowhere and it was almost as if the computer never had sound before! In the Sound and Audio Devices or Sound applet in Control […]

How to Save Your Desktop Icon Layout in Windows XP, 7, 8

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This post was born from the fact that I really enjoy customizing the layout of the icons on my desktop, such as placing system icons at the top left, moving all application icons to the right side of the screen, etc, but I hate it when all of the icon positions get messed up whenever I […]

How to Move or Change the Location of My Documents Folder

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By default, the My Documents folder is located in Windows XP and Windows Vista is located on the same drive or partition as the operating system. This is fine for anyone who has only a single drive or a single partition on their computers, such as the C drive, but if you have more than […]

How to Fix Svchost.exe High CPU Usage

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SVCHOST.EXE is one of those mysterious processes that constantly runs in Windows and is utterly essential, yet you never know exactly what it is doing. So what is SVCHOST.EXE? Identifying the actual services and programs that are running inside each SVCHOST.EXE process is a task well worth knowing, especially when the process eats up 99 […]

How to Fix Window Media Player "Cannot Play This DVD" Error Message

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Isn’t it great how even in our modern computer age with Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can still receive an error like “Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because there is problem with digital copy protection” when you’re trying to watch a regular from Netflix on your computer? It’s really a pain that something like […]

How to Find the Name or Title of a Song by Lyrics

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Heard a song on the radio recently and can’t remember the name of it? This happens to me all the time because even though I wait, half the time no one ever says which band played the song or the name of the song! Luckily, you can just search for lyrics online and find out […]

How to Create, Mount, and Burn ISO Image Files for Free

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Most online tutorials that I have found describing the process of creating, burning, and mounting ISO image files are written separately or are only about doing one process, so this guide is going to describe some free software that you can use to create and manipulate ISO images files for all purposes. Basically, the software […]

How to Disable Settings, Services, and Programs in Windows 7/8.1

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Even though most people never change the settings on their computers, there are some situations where it’s very useful to be able to turn off or disable a certain program, service, or setting in Windows 7 or Windows 8. For example, over the last few years working as an IT Professional, there have been many […]