Finishing up Another WordPress Website

I still have some finishing touches of the website and additional content to add but over all I am very satisfied the way this site has turned out.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Changing World Exchange – Foreign Exchange Programs, International Student Exchange

“Providing placement and support for international foreign exchange students living with American host families and attending American High Schools, Colleges, and Universities.”

[FIX] Quickbooks Will Not Install on Windows 7, msxml error

This error has to do with Microsoft Core XML Services not working properly with Quickbooks and Quickbooks software failing to properly install a new version.

MSXML 4.0 is being replaced with version 6.0 and that is the solution that worked for me to fix this issue.  Download MSXML 6.0 from Microsoft, Install it, then install Quickbooks.  Since a newer version of MSXML is installed it just skips that step of the install.

  1. Close out of the Quickbooks install if you have it running.
  2. Download and install MSXML 6.0 from here, the first download should be fine (msxml6.msi), if it does not work then try the last one (msxml6_x64.msi).
  3. Reinstall Quickbooks and it should work.

Post in the comment and let me know if this does or does not work for you.

Files required to use Windows Update are no longer registered or installed on your computer

This is a problem with various dll files that may have become corrupted or unregistered.  It also could be a problem with the windows update agent and or the windows update service  or a problem with the registry.  The below four part solution will probably work to fix this issue when Windows updates will not install on Windows XP.

Ensure you try Windows updates after each part and if it works then you can stop at that part.

PART #1

Run the Microsoft Fix It for this issue.  Click here to run it.

PART #2

Run each of the following commands from the command line.  To open a command line click Start – Run and enter CMD then hit enter or click OK.

Alternately you can download a batch file to run instead of entering each of the below files yourself.  Click here to download the batch file then run the batch file.

regsvr32 wuapi.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll

Now try windows updates again, if it works your good, if not continue to PART #2

PART #3

If you are on to part two that means your update agent is damaged and needs to be reinstalled.  To do this you need to force the update agent to reinstall using the following steps.

  1. Download the windows update agent and save it to a folder on your computer.  Click here to donwload and save it, do not run it because it will fail.
  2. Download this batch file that will force the install of the update agent.  Click here to download the batch file and save it into the same folder as the update agent in step 1.
  3. Run the batch file to force install of update agent.

PART #4 – PERFORM AT YOUR OWN RISK

This last part performs some registry edits and if done improperly could cause issues to your system.  The registry file that you will import was taken from a clean Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 computer.  Please ensure this is the same as what you are running before trying this fix.

  1. Click Start – Run and type regedit
  2. Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv
  3. Right click on wuauserv on the left side and delete.
  4. Right Click here to save and then run the wuauserv.reg file with the clean registry entries
  5. Reboot your machine.

Southview Storage Units & Mini Warehouses

I just finished my second website in as many weeks.  Put this one together using wordpress for a customer that we are actually using for our storage needs.  If you live in the Eau Claire, WI area I recommend checking them out.

Click here to view Southview Storage Units & Mini Warehouses website.

Cull Keeper Culling System Keeper for Professional Tournament Anglers!

My cousin just started selling his latest invention online. You into bass fishing? You may be interested in his product.   Oh and by the way, I designed the site, let me know what you think in the comments.

Click here to check out his culling system keeper

Copy from his site:

Proudly made here in the USA!

Tournament anglers are forever looking for ways to have an edge on the competition. Save yourself some valuable time when it comes to tagging your fish and get back to fishing before they do.

Keep your culling system buoys where you need them and at the ready. No more messing with tangled tags or searching for the correct color. Fish in one hand then grab the tag from the clip end not the float. Guaranteed to save you time tagging your fish.

Cull Keeper culling buoy organizational system is constructed from high quality aluminum designed to last a lifetime. Stainless steel mounting hardware and decal included. You may be able to install using epoxy. A light sanding to the adhesion site will help insure a good bond. Some livewell doors have foam padding which would not allow epoxy install. “Cull tags not included.”

Be sure to mount your Cull Keeper culling buoy organizational system in a spot that will allow the livewell door to close. An 1/8″ drill bit will be needed if you choose not to install with epoxy.

Keep Your Culling System Buoys In Order With This Culling System Keeper!

 

[FIX] IBM Thinkpad Z60m Audio / Sound Not Working in Windows 7, Drivers

When you install Windows 7 on a IBM Thinpad Z60m the audio is installed via Windows update but they do not work.  If you look at the audio setup it shows that Windows 7 thinks that the speakers are unplugged.

The fix is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Download the soundmax driver:
Analog Devices SoundMAX HD Audio driver 6.10.01.6570 Beta Windows Vista(32/64)/Win7(32/64)

2. Install the driver (You will have to use manual install through Device manager).  After you install this driver you should have the sound, but the speakers are still “unplugged”. Now if you press volume button on the top up or down the speaker will “magically” start to work.

3. Now we have to keep them plugged in always and to do that we download from Lenovo the “Hotkey drivers” and install them.  Click here to download the Hotkey Drivers.

Let me know in the comments if this does or does not work for you.

[FIX] Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Video Chipset Driver for Windows 7

I had a heck of a time finding these drivers, I have an IBM Thinkpad Z60m which has the Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset Family and I wanted to install Windows 7.

I finally found some drivers that worked for me so hopfully I can save you some time by posting them here.

Click here to download the drivers that worked for me.

Let me know is the comments if they work or do not work for you.

How to Stop a Zombie

Here’s your chance to make a difference … tool up and kill a zombie. Zombies Attack

What … what are you doing? Put down that baseball bat and chainsaw!

I’m not talking the living dead kind of zombie here, I’m talking about the silicon kind that are used by cybercriminals to send spam, distribute malware, and commit identity theft.

A zombie computer. What’s a zombie computer?

It’s a computer that is infected with malware to bring it under the control of the cybercriminals as part of a botnet.

Billions of spam emails are sent daily, and 99% of these are sent using zombie computers.

How can you stop the zombies?

  • Scan your computer and those of your friends (ask permission first!) with an up-to-date anti-virus program. If you don’t already have an anti-virus you can always buy one form any computer store.  TC-TEKS recommends AVG or Kaspersky Internet Security.
  • Keep your operating system and programs up-to-date with the latest security patches, and run a firewall.
  • Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook by liking and spreading this email using the share buttons at the top, make sure that your friends know they also need to help kill a zombie.
  • If you are still not sure if your computer is a zombie get it in to your local computer repair shop ASAP to stop the spread of the infection!

Watch out for Fake Anti-Virus Programs, Don’t Be Fooled

What do Gucci bags, Rolex’s, and Anti-Virus Software all have in common?

They all have fakes and when you buy the fakes you get what you pay for.

Actually with fake anti-virus software you get even less than what you pay for.  At least with fake Gucci and Rolex’s you get a usable bag or watch after you buy them.

With fake anti-virus you only get more of a headache.

Fake Anti-Virus is one of the biggest threats that we are seeing come into our stores right now.

What is fake anti-virus?

Basically fake anti-virus is a virus that pretends to be an anti-virus.

Virus writers have become increasingly money hungry and increasingly deceitful in trying to separate you from your money.

Contrary to what some believe, viruses are not written just to annoy you or ruin your computer.  They are actually written because they make money for the author or for the authors group.  Usually that group is some type of criminal organization such as the Russian Mafia.

The viruses popup a fake anti-virus software that can look very real.  This fake anti-virus will tell you that you have a bunch of viruses and that you need to purchase their software to remove them.

If you purchase their software the fake anti-virus might do one of a few things.

  1. It might do nothing, it will continue to popup and cause you headaches.
  2. It might disappear for a couple weeks and then come back and tell you you need to purchase something different.
  3. They might simply steal your credit card information and use it to make fraudulent purchases.
  4. All of the above.

So what do you need to look out for?

  • Look out for a fake anti-virus popup that you did not think that you had.  If it does not look right it probably is not.
  • Look out for a fake anti-virus popup that looks just like the one you have installed but will not go away.  Its probably a fake.
  • Look out for a fake anti-virus popup that will not go away and your Internet no longer works.  Its probably fake.
  • Look out for bad grammar or spelling mistakes on the fake anti-virus popups.

If any of the above is true then the anti-virus is probably fake.

The biggest tip off is the fake anti-virus is usually very annoying.  Real anti-virus will allow you to choose what to do about a virus you might have picked up and then leave you to handle your business.

 

So how do you prevent fake anti-virus infections?

  • Always have a full featured Internet Security software on your computer (I recommend Kaspersky Internet Security which we recommend and sell at our stores).  Many of the free anti-virus work ok but they do not protect you from everything.  You really do get what you pay for.
  • If you get a strange email from someone you know, do not open it.  Create a new email and ask the person if they sent it.  Most viruses will come from people you know because their computer is infected and is sending viruses out to people that they know.
  • Do not click on strange links on Facebook.  Again these links will come from people that you know.
  • Do not buy or renew your anti-virus software from a popup, only buy from reputable sites or at a retail store.

So what should you do if you get infected?

  1. Shutdown your computer immediately.
  2. Get your computer in to us as soon as possible.  Once these viruses infect your computer they download and infect your computer with other viruses.  They also use your computer to send out spam and Facebook posts to infect other people’s computers.

Real Anti-virus companies are detecting and releasing protection as fast as possible but nothing is one hundred percent because they are always playing catchup just like police trying to stop crime.

While I hope that you never get a virus infection the fact is that most people will.

[FIX] The Windows Installer service could not be accessed

You probably found this post because a program you are trying to install is giving you the error “The Windows Installer service could not be accessed”.

The issue here is that the registry has been damaged and or the msiexec service is not started properly, most likely a combination of both.

How this happened is hard to say but below is how you can fix it.

  1. Click on the Start button
  2. Windows XP click the run button, Vista and Windows 7 click in the search box and type in “regedit” and hit enter.
  3. On the left side Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE – SYSTEM – CurrentControlSet – Services – MSIServer
  4. To the right you’ll see WOW64.  Right click on it and click on modify.
  5. Change the setting from 1 to 0.
  6. Close regedit
  7. Next, click on start and control panel
  8. Double click Administrator Tools
  9. Double Click Services
  10. Look for and find the Windows Installer service.
  11. Double click on it and click stop then click start again.
  12. Ensure Startup type is Manual
  13. Click OK and then close the Services window
  14. You should now be able to install your programs.

Let me know in the comments if this worked for you.