This blogging thingie

I don’t see how people do it. Where do they get the urge and ability to sit at the end of the day and examine with a cold eye the extraordinary or sad doings of the close ones. Blogs being always about others and the influence they have on the one who writes, the scarce spark of originality quickly drowned in references and superfluous explanations. Lack of confidence also triggers an avalanche of back ups – comments, ratings, pingbacks, tagging. Even using categories such as the present “Rants” is a sign of literary weakness “oh yes this is completely silly but look I tagged it as personal blurb so it’s valid in that context”. I can’t fathom the need to spew out any and every state of mind. My sad moments are drowned as quickly as possible in the appropriate amount of alcohol, while the happy ones – sorry world – are not for share. Guess I’ll mostly use this here web-based journal application to write about registry keys.

Cannot uninstall application!?

Windows Installer is an unnecessarily complex tool, that checks weird things like domain policies or vendor digital signatures, when all you’d ask from it is to place a bloody shortcut on the desktop. It also tends to leave a lot of crap around when anything goes wrong. A few hints on how to fix it:
1. First, try going to add/remove programs, if you’re lucky the installer package has a “repair” option that actually works. After it finishes fixing whatever it was – proceed with the uninstall 🙂
2. Try reinstalling the application completely from the original package and then uninstall.
3. Try doing the steps above with as little else as possible running on the machine (yes, you must close Yahoo Messenger too). Disable antivirus software, try to kill whatever else looks redundant using task manager, all these if you can get to a functional desktop fully loaded because
4. It won’t work in safe mode. The bloody thing requires a system service that refuses to start because it is considered.. “unsafe”. Hah. The trick is to register msiserver as a “safe” service:
REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\
Minimal\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /D "Service"

then net start msiserver and proceed with the uninstall
5. Try the “msizap” tool from Microsoft, then go back to step 2
5.bis Don’t, ever, rely on some radical-sounding third-party tool like “REGISTRY EXTERMINATOR PRO”. 99% of them are pure crap.
6. Check if you have the latest MSI version, upgrade or reinstall with the latest redistributable package from Microsoft, then – you guessed, go back to step 1

Switching from Virtual PC to VMWare

Doesn’t work. Don’t try it. Just back up the guest somehow and restore it in the new emulator.
Now that we’ve established that, a few hints:
1. VMWare has a free “Converter” tool. Which requires MSXML4, although you might have a newer one installed (v.6 at the time of this writing). You can get v.4 SP2 from Microsoft, and hope that installing it won’t break anything.
2. If the bloody tool starts, it won’t detect your guest OS. Opening the .vmc in VMWare Server won’t work either. You might get lucky, if the guest is 2k or XP. Definitely doesn’t like Linux.
3. Microsoft’s Virtual Server is now free

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