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Problem with Windows Update and Some HP Products

I guess I should say most HP products instead of some, but, if you are suddenly having trouble saving files in some office products, if you are having trouble using the open dialog box in IE, or if you are having trouble just using the open command form the file menu, then you’ll need to check out this support document from Microsoft.

After you install security update MS06-015 (908531) (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-015.mspx), you may experience one of more of the following issues:? Unable to access special folders like “My Documents” or “My Pictures”.
? Microsoft Office applications may stop responding when you attempt to save or open Office files in the “My Documents” folder.
? Office files in the “My Documents” folder are not able to open in Microsoft Office.
? Opening a file through an application’s File / Open menu causes the program to stop responding .
? Typing an address into Internet Explorer?s address bar has no effect.
? Right-clicking on a file and selecting Send To has no effect.
? Clicking on the plus (+) sign beside a folder in Windows Explorer has no effect.
? Some third-party applications stop responding when opening or saving data in the ?My Documents? folder.

Here is the fix, quoted from the same document,

Hewlett-Packard’s Share-to-Web software. The MS06-015 (908531) (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-015.mspx) security update includes a “white list”; VERCLSID.EXE will not scan any extension that appears on this list. Adding the HP shell extension corrects the problem. Manually edit the registry:1. Log on to the computer with an account with administrator privileges.
2. Click the Start button and then click Run.
3. Type Regedit and then click OK.
4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Cached
5. Right-click “Cached”, point to New, click “DWORD Value”, and then enter: {A4DF5659-0801-4A60-9607-1C48695EFDA9} {000214E6-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} 0×401
6. Set the Data of this value to 1
7. Close the Registry Editor.
8. Use Task Manager to end the Verclsid.exe process or restart the computer.

Pain in the butt, I have been installing the latest patches and fixes from the Office update site until I saw this article posted on Microsoft’s site. This way atleast our versions of Office were up to date. ;)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 19, 2006 at 9:49 am

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10 Tips Every Microsoft Word user should know

Get out of the word-processing stone age and learn how to use your word processor the smart way. A nice rundown of some great tips for Microsoft Word users of all platforms, the author himself is running word on a Mac.
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 17, 2006 at 12:20 pm

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Microsoft has Delayed Office 2007 as Well as Vista

Microsoft just announced that they are delaying Office 2007 as well as Windows Vista, they will still offer it to volume license customers in October, and to retail and OEM manufacturers in January.

“We believe this will provide an easier experience for consumers and retailers alike,” a Microsoft representative said in an e-mail to CNET News.com.

Microsoft announced the Vista delay Tuesday. With the twin postponements, the PC industry’s holiday season is shaping up to be quite different than the one originally expected. Microsoft has said it doesn’t expect the Vista delay to dent PC sales in the fourth quarter, but analysts have largely disagreed.

Microsoft is making major changes to Office, which will feature all-new XML-based file formats, as well as a completely overhauled user interface, among other changes.

By pushing out the Office launch date, however, Microsoft will regain the ability to launch the two products in tandem. Microsoft had been planning a massive fourth-quarter launch for the products. Source: News.com

Not surprising, it seems most products from Microsoft are delayed atleast once. Doesn’t matter to me, I’ll check it out whenever it comes out.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 24, 2006 at 12:55 pm

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Microsoft’s Next Tuesday Update

This week when Microsoft does it’s Tuesday patch update, it will contain fixes for two flaws, one deemed critical for Office and a windows patch marked as important.

On 14 March 2006 Microsoft is planning to release:

Security Updates

One Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Office. The highest Maximum Severity rating for this is Critical. These updates may require a restart. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scanning Tool.

One Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Windows. The highest Maximum Severity rating for this is Important. These updates will not require a restart. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft will release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Download Center.

Note that this tool will NOT be distributed using Software Update Services (SUS).

Non-security High Priority updates on MU, WU, WSUS and SUS

Microsoft will not release any NON-SECURITY High-Priority Updates for Windows on Windows Update (WU) and Software Update Services (SUS).

Microsoft will release one NON-SECURITY High-Priority Updates on Microsoft Update (MU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

From News.com:

Microsoft rates as critical any security threat that could allow a malicious Internet worm to spread without any action required on the part of the user. Problems deemed “important” could be exploited to compromise the confidentiality, integrity or availability of data, or the integrity or availability of processing resources, according to the company.

Microsoft’s notice did not specify which components of Windows or Office are being repaired with Tuesday’s patches or how many flaws the update will tackle. Security researchers with eEye Digital Security list one vulnerability on their Web site for which a fix is considered overdue.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 9, 2006 at 3:38 pm

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Microsoft Announced Office 2007 Pricing

The software maker said they were loads of new features and no price increases.

Microsoft on Wednesday offered further details on the next version of Office, announcing plans for a new home version as well as new server-based products and a new high-end enterprise edition of the desktop suite.

The software maker also offered pricing details for some, though not all, of the new products. In general, Microsoft said both businesses and consumers should expect to pay about the same for the new Office as they have paid for past versions.

“We do not expect our customers to notice any significant change in our pricing,” said Parri Munsell, a group program manager in Microsoft’s information worker unit. Office Standard, for example, will sell for $399, while Office Professional will sell for $499. Also, as widely expected, the version formerly code-named “Office 12″ will be known as Office 2007 when it ships in the second half of this year. Source: News.com.

The biggest change is they are replacing the Student and Teacher edition with a $149 Home and Student edition, and that it is removing outlook from this version.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 16, 2006 at 10:42 am

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Tool to Help Migrate from Notes to Office

Today, Microsoft announced they will be releasing a free set of tools to help Lotus Notes and Domino users move to Microsoft Office platforms, according to this article from WindowsITPro.

“Today we are responding to the strong demand we’re seeing from customers using Lotus Notes/Domino who are planning a transition to … the Office system of programs, servers and services,” says Microsoft corporate vice president Kurt DelBene. “This announcement is a big step in our overall strategy toward helping these customers make the move so they can begin to take advantage of our platform’s benefits.”

The new and updated tools include:

- Application Analyzer 2006 for Lotus Domino, which will analyze Notes/Domino environments and recommend how to migrate those applications to Microsoft’s platforms. It will ship in the first quarter of 2006, according to Microsoft.

- Data Migrator 2006 for Lotus Domino, a new tool that will help organizations migrate data stored in Domino to Windows SharePoint Services (WSS). It will ship in the second quarter of 2005.

- Three new Windows SharePoint Services Application Templates, which will join the 30 application templates Microsoft first released in August 2005. The new templates include Discussion Database, Team Work Site and Document Library; they are available today.

Click here to visit Microsoft to find out more.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 17, 2006 at 10:38 am

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