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Office 2003 Accept Licence Nag

Office 2003 Asking to Accept Licence on Start-up on Win 7

Microsoft Office 2003 keeps asking you to accept the licence conditions when installed on a Windows 7 or 8 operating system. Even though you’ve clicked the acceptance button this nag message keeps appearing. It’s annoying, but not the end of the world.

It can be fixed, usually quite easily. This is the way I found to stop the Office 2003 accept licence nag message on Win 7/8. This should always be the preferred  method to stop the licence nag message in Windows 7 and 8 and the alternative. The other way requires editing the registry and/or some application files.

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Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7 64 Bit

Successfully Install Dreamweaver 8 on 64 Bit Windows 7

Dreamweaver 8 can run perfectly with 64 bit Windows 7. Just a few small changes to the basic installation, and a patch from Adobe, and 32 bit DW8 is stable. Dreamweaver 8 is one of the software applications considered not compatible, or only marginally compatible, with Windows 7 or 8 64 bit operating systems. When installing older apps on 64 bit Windows, it’s always a good idea to Google the installation of the app… Some users found Dreamweaver 8 runs on 64 bit Windows 7 without problems – more experienced intermittent crashes and other issues.

Consensus is Dreamweaver 8 needs the DW802_unwrapped.zip patch available from Adobe: Download from this link http://www.adobe.com/support/dreamweaver/ts/documents/kb400150/DW802_unwrapped.zip to work properly with Windows 7 64 bit.

Installing Dreamweaver

First off, install Dreamweaver. Taking a tip from the process required for Adobe CS2, I installed this to a different folder than the default one used by Windows 7 64 for 32 bit software. (CS2 needs installation in a compatible DOS named folder – i.e. with folder name length of 8 characters or less.) It’s probably not necessary to follow this step, but you  may as well do it this way now, and not find problems later on.

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Win 7 Unstable – Gigabyte Q1000C Netbook

Windows 7 and Netbooks

Gigabyte Q1000C NetbookI have had a Gigabyte Q1000C Netbook on the workbench this week. The mini laptop came with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed. First off let me comment on ‘7 Starter’: I do not like these starter operating systems, for that matter all the ‘Home’ versions of every Windows operating system, XP, Vista and 7. They always seem to have problems. It would have been preferable for Microsoft to provide the basic Pro version at reduced price to OEM’s and the public market.

However the problems with Netbooks (at least this example) seems more about the lack of ability of the Intel Atom CPU, and insufficient RAM (2GB), to adequately run Windows 7.

Win 7 Instability Problems

Microsoft is aware of problems running Windows 7 on Netbooks. Their response is “There are too few problems to warrant a fix by a service pack or regular update, instead each issue will be addressed by a Hot-Fix”. Not really an adequate response to the numerous issues raised in online tech forums by owners of Netbooks.

Windows 7 LogoThe problems with this example:

  • Windows Freezes: An ongoing problem that has persisted with the machine since the owner purchased it. Since arriving on the bench on Monday, this has occurred every day, initially so often it was almost impossible to do a Windows update (The owner had struggled with this, and ended up disabling updates – even Service Pack 1 had not been installed).
  • Blue Screen of Death: No fewer than 5 instances of the ubiquitous Windows ‘friend’, the blue screen. After all these years, one would have expected Microsoft to move away from the basics that cause this error – a flawed basic system. After Windows XP, Microsoft should have taken the route Apple took with OSX – Unix.

Fixes Applied:

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