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Advanced Tokens Manager to Manage Microsoft licenses

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Yesterday one of our remote PC’s after a rebuild was having problems with its windows activation after having a look round trying to find a solution we came across a handy bit of software to activate the system from another identical system.

Advanced Tokens Manager is an easy to use application that helps you with the activation backup and restore.

The application is able to make the full backup of all activation data stored on the computer for a trusted restore without damage or modify the activation system.

The software can be downloaded at the following location

Works with the following Microsoft products

  • Windows 8 Family
  • Windows 7 Family
  • Windows Vista Family
  • Windows Server 2008 / 2011 / 2012 Family
  • Microsoft Office Family from 2010 to 2013
* All editions, versions and Service Packs.
* Requires .NET Framework v4.0.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

February 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Last week in the office we ran a update on a old application on one of the PCs in the environment, but your command doesn’t execute. Instead, an error popped up telling us that the application could not be updated.

So to find the answer I had to refer the “helpful” FAQ section of the application website which did not turn up any results so a quick goolge search turned up the following.

“Software installed using the Microsoft® Windows® Installer (MSI) technology writes certain files and registry settings. If any of those files or settings are missing or corrupted, you may be unable to remove, update, or even reinstall the program. The solution in such cases is to remove all of the Windows Installer information so that the program can be cleanly reinstalled. To do that, Microsoft offers the free Windows Installer CleanUp utility”

Windows Installer CleanUp utility can be download from the follwing location.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

The Windows Installer CleanUp utility deletes all files and registry settings associated with a program’s Windows Installer configuration. It’s important to note that the tool does not remove the program’s actual installation files or registry settings. Nor does the tool replace or supersede the Add/Remove Programs command.


Microsoft Office Handy Plugins

February 3, 2013 Leave a comment

A couple of Microsoft Office handy plugins that should help any Frustrated IT Engineer make their IT day work that little bit easier and cut down on those Microsoft Office call’s.

NoReplyAll Outlook Add-In

The primary function of this add-in is to add a few buttons to the Outlook ribbon to prevent people from replying to all the recipients of your message or forwarding it, etc. The add-in uses a facility built into Outlook and Exchange that is more lightweight than information-rights management but is not exposed in the existing UI. The add-in also includes a check for common email errors, such as omitting attachments or subject lines.

The Add-in works with Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013.

NoReplyAll Outlook Add-In

Ribbon Hero

clippyThe next one could say you hours of Microsoft office questions by using the powers of “Clippy V2.0”

The ribbon was Microsoft’s new interface in Office and it caused much confusion and a increse of helpdesk tickets especially when moving from office 2003 to office 2007 and above.

” Cloppy v2.0″ / Ribbon Hero, once installed will help your user base navigate and use the ribbon more effectively and be download from the following link.

Clippy v2.0

Microsoft Access error – You do not have the necessary permissions

February 1, 2013 1 comment

DatabaseToday I had a call ticket from a customer who has an old access database (See Shadow IT) which after upgrading to Microsoft access 2010 would create the following error:

You do not have the necessary permissions to use the ‘.mdb’ object. Have your system administrator or the person who created this object establish the appropriate permissions for you.

Well once again Chris Stark has come to rescue with a great solution to the problem click the link below to go to his website and find out how to correct the problem.

How to open excel files in separate instances of excel 2010

July 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Open regedit.exe and go to the follwing node in the registry


Take a backup of the “open” node and export it to a safe location

Open the “Open” node and left click on the “command” node.

You should see two entries “default” and “command” in the command node.

Update the “Default” key to below value

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE” /e “%1”

Rename the “Command” key below the “Default” key to “CommandOld”

It should look like below

Next rename the “ddeexec”  Node to “ddeexecOld”

So you have the below in your registry

Now when you open .xlsx files they will open in separate instances of excel 2010

Turn off or disable protected view in office 2010

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

While looking for a way to turn off or disable protected view in office 2010. I found this blog article which explains how to do this in a very quick and easy way. Check it out on the below link

How to turn off or disable protected view in office 2010



Microsoft Office 2010 – Activation, Allow non-admin user to activate manually

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Take a look at this handy method that lets non-admin users to activate office 2010 manually.

Which is handy when your company has not got kms server or spead over a wide area

If you like the above post then please check out the rest of his website for other handy hints


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