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<> "Setup Cannot Upgrade Some Settings" Error Message When You Reinstall Windows XP
If you have ever had to reinstall Windows XP, you may have run into
the "Setup cannot upgrade some settings" error message. If you got
this a while ago, you may have already formatted and rebuilt your
machine, but hopefully I am catching you before you go that far,
because this error can be fixed. This type of error happens because
your registry got corrupted, but this Microsoft Knowledge Base
article talks you through repairing your registry and removing the
references to that bad installation. I will caution you to back up
your data first when making such drastic changes to your system's
<> You Cannot Log On to Windows XP After Running the Out-of-Box Experience
If you received a Windows XP machine and you weren't able to login,
it is possible this article is for you. The article talks about a
problem that happens to pre-Service Pack 1 machines that are
rebooted during the Out-of-Box Experience wizard. It is possible
that the Out-of-Box Experience wizard can't flush the Machine
registry key and this can cause a system error that basically
states that there is an incorrect password. If you work for a
company and use sysprep to prep your main hard drive before making
an installation image, then you will need to install Service Pack 1
to resolve this issue.
<> CD-R Drive or CD-RW Drive Is Not Recognized As a Recordable Device
If you are using Windows XP, this article is for you. You may have
run into the problem that your CD-R/RW drive is not detected as a
recordable device. If you have already tried a system shutdown, you
may need to edit your registry using the settings in this Microsoft
Knowledge Base article. Please remember to backup your registry
before making any changes though.
<> Error Message During Installation: Error 1335 - Cannot Copy Cab File Office1.cab
Some of you running Windows XP may have run into an issue where you
can't install Office 2000/XP because it can't copy the office1 cab
file or because of a Windows Installer Service error. At the time
of this review, Microsoft doesn't know the cause of this issue.
There are two possible workarounds though. One workaround outlined
in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article is basically just copying
the contents of the Office installation CD to a folder on the PC
and running the install from there. The other workaround requires
you to make some changes to your memory settings in the boot.ini
file. Please make a copy of your boot.ini file before making any
<> Error 1328 When You Apply Office XP Service Pack 1
Did you receive an error message after trying to install Office XP
Service Pack 1 that states, "The expected version of the product
was not found on your system" or perhaps an error mentioning
msaccess.exe having been upgraded by other means? If that is the
case, it is quite possible that you are running an unreleased
version of Microsoft Office. This Microsoft Knowledge Base article
provides steps for verifying that you have a released/retail
version of Microsoft Office. Unfortunately, the only published fix
for this issue is to purchase a retail copy of Office. If you got a
beta/unreleased copy of Office from your computer manufacturer then
I would recommend contacting them before spending money on the
retail version as they may have made a mistake and will correct it
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50 TIPS ON WINDOWS XP
Months after the release of Windows XP Professional
and Home editions. people are still learning the
nuances of Microsoft's newest operating system.
Whether you've been using it for a while or are
planning to upgrade to the new OS soon, this
GnomeTome is right up your alley.
Tips verified on Windows XP Professional only.
Microsoft, AT&T Wireless unveil mobile map service
SEATTLE (Reuters) — Microsoft and AT&T Wireless Services unveiled Wednesday a service that would let users look at a map displayed on a mobile phone to find driving directions, other users and the locations of business contacts. The service, which uses Microsoft's .NET technology aimed at making software and information work seamlessly on the Web, is the first product announced since Microsoft and AT&T Wireless said in August that they would partner to provide wireless data services. David Rasmussen, Microsoft's lead product manager for .NET mobile development, said that the two companies were currently in trials and were aiming to begin commercial sales in early 2003, mainly to corporate users. "We aim to deliver a fundamental set of technologies that allows customization for business needs," Rasmussen said. So-called location-based services, which many consider a key application for mobile devices, are expected to be a strong incentive for users to switch to next-generation mobile networks. The two companies showed in a demonstration how a mobile phone user could find nearby points of interest, drop-off boxes for courier packages and driving directions to contacts. Location-based services have yet to take off in the USA, while in Japan, mobile phone companies already offer services that let users find restaurants, movie theaters and directions on their cell phone displays.
Microsoft not complying with antitrust agreement, rivals say
WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft isn't living up to its agreement with the federal government to allow Windows users to remove access to the company's programs and choose competitors' products, a group funded by Microsoft's rivals said Wednesday.
ProComp, backed by companies including Oracle, Sun Microsystems and AOL Time Warner, sent a letter to Justice Department antitrust chief Charles A. James and state attorneys general. "It cannot be argued that Microsoft made even a good faith effort to comply," said the letter, written by ProComp head Mitchell S. Pettit. Under a federal antitrust settlement reached late last year, Microsoft was ordered to come up with a way to hide access to its software — such as the Internet Explorer Web browser, Windows Media Player and Windows Messenger — and allow users to choose non-Microsoft products. Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said the company tested the customization program for software developers before it was released to consumers earlier this month, and any complaints should have been aired then.
"It's unfortunate but hardly surprising that this special interest group chose not to play a part in the beta process and rather chose to play politics on this issue," Desler said. ProComp said Microsoft makes it unnecessarily difficult for consumers to use the software, called Program Access. The software is available only with a huge download of Windows bug fixes, called "Service Pack 1." The service pack requires a large amount of hard drive space and installation takes more than an hour on a typical Internet connection. A Windows user with a slow Internet connection can buy the update on CD-ROM for almost $10. Since it costs less than that to manufacture and ship a CD, Pettit said the company may actually profit from its effort to comply with the settlement, which Microsoft denies. The update also includes some anti-piracy measures that may deter consumers from installing it.
Most non-Microsoft products won't appear in the Program Access software for some time, since they need to be modified by individual developers in order to appear as options. Pettit said the wait is unnecessary, since other parts of Windows already allow similar choices for Web browser and e-mail programs. Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said the customization program is designed as a "one-stop shop" for choosing between Microsoft and non-Microsoft products. If Windows searched automatically, Cullinan said, it might unfairly miss products by smaller companies. Another issue is more obvious to users. The Windows "My Music" folder, meant to contain digital music files, starts Internet Explorer even if a user has decided to hide access to Internet Explorer and use a competing browser, such as Netscape. Users can buy CDs through Microsoft partners in the My Music folder, which provides a potentially huge revenue opportunity to Microsoft.
Microsoft said a change to My Music would have been too invasive, although the company recently released technical data that lets other non-Microsoft software use the My Music folder. The Justice Department had no immediate comment. Justice lawyers have previously indicated that it intends to enforce the consent decree it negotiated with Microsoft, but the government has been unwilling to suggest exactly how Microsoft should comply. The federal government sued Microsoft in 1995, alleging it illegally used its market power and operating system monopoly to crush competing products like Netscape and Java. The settlement has not yet been approved by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is handling both the federal case and the ongoing suit by nine states that declined to sign onto the deal. Decisions in both matters are expected this fall.
Win XP Update Crashes Some PCs
Users who forgo recently released SP1 risk a major vulnerability, as
well as missing numerous small fixes.
11) OFFICE XP VS. OFFICE 2000 VS. OFFICE 97
Still running a previous version of Office? Compare the features and benefits of Office XP with your current software, and find out what you've missed by not upgrading to Office XP:
Putting Your PC to Bed at Night
Do you shut off your computer at night, thinking it will reduce your power bills? Learn how you can leave your computer on all night and conserve just as much energy.
Microsoft & HP Invest $50 Mil To Promote .Net
The two long-time partners have unveiled a joint $50 million effort to market, sell and service systems that use Microsoft's .Net development framework. It shows that MS is serious about WinNet and is able to pull in major partners that are interesting in providing services and consulting for the framework. There is an article in ComputerWorld that goes into this a little more.