Windows 7 Taskbar Disappearing?

by File in: Windows 7

A new issue I’ve seen going on with some Windows 7 users is that their taskbar will suddenly disappear completely. The only thing that remains is the Start Menu button/orb. Here’s an example of a desktop in which the Windows 7 taskbar just vanished: That’s pretty crazy right! Not only that, if you right-click in […]

Fix “\\computer is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource”

by File in: Computer Tips

In this article, I’m going to write a troubleshooting guide for file sharing or networking between two computers. Unfortunately, Windows can be finicky and even though you may think everything should work, accessing a share on another computer may fail. I’ve previously written an article on how to network two computers together that are both […]

Windows Calculator Missing or Disappeared?

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You’re probably reading this article if you were going to find the calculator on your Windows machine to perform an important calculation, but after a bit of searching you realized that your calculator program is missing! Pretty weird right? Well this can happen for a number of reasons, but basically your calculator is gone! If you […]

“Duplicate name exists on the network” Windows Error

by File in: Computer Tips

Previously, I wrote an article about what would happen if you had two computers with the same IP address on the same network: an IP address conflict. However, what happens when you have two computers with the same name on a network? If you’re running newer versions of Windows like Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows […]

How to Split Up Large Files using GSplit

by File in: Free Software Downloads

GSplit, from, is a free application used to split large files into smaller files. These smaller files can be easily copied to a floppy disk or any removable media.  It is also a good work around if your email has a quota on attachment size. After transferring the smaller files, you don’t have to […]

HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 (A909n) Premier Review

by File in: Gadgets

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 is the latest incarnation of HP’s all-in-one printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine. With an original price of $499, it’s close to the cost of a lower-end color laser printer. However, they have recently reduced the price to $369 using an instant savings of $130. You can check the latest […]

How to Access Files Cached by a Web Browser

by File in: Internet Explorer Tips

Web browsers store copies of recently viewed pages and all associated media (images, audio, and video) in a folder on your hard disk, called the cache. This improves performance when you’re surfing, but also makes it easy to grab copies of media files—such as Flash videos or .flv files—for storage elsewhere. Internet Explorer’s cache folder […]

How to Extract Audio from WMV Files

by File in: Computer Tips

You’d think that sound and video are easily separable, especially given the fact that they’re shown as separate entities in the timeline view in Windows Movie Maker. No such luck, but it is possible to extract audio from a WMV video with the right software. The Windows Media Stream Editor, a component of the free […]

Change the Location of the My Pictures Folder

by File in: Windows Vista

One way Windows helps you organize your files is to direct different kinds of content to different locations. There’s a Music folder, a Videos folder, a Saved Games folder, and a Pictures folder. Put all your digital pictures in your Pictures folder, for example, and that’s where most photo applications will prompt you to open […]

Create Home DVDs using Windows 7’s DVD Maker

by File in: Windows 7

Windows 7 by default comes with a DVD Maker software.  Home users will particularly like this tool since it lets them burn DVD movies using their own media like home made videos and digital photos. The quickest way to make a DVD is to add pictures and videos in Windows DVD Maker, and then burn […]