Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Workaround to activate Office 2007 without using a nasty KeyGen

So Microsoft has removed support for activating Office 2007, they don't care that you legally bought a license in 2006 and are not fussed on Office 360. But there is a workaround!!


1.Open a command prompt as Administrator

cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE12\Office Setup Controller\Proof.en

c:> notepad Proof.XML

Menu- EDIT>Replace

Find What:  AlwaysInstalled
Replace With: NeverInstalled

"AlwaysInstalled" with "NeverInstalled."


Start any Microsoft Office application You will get the activate by network or phone standard pop-up.

  • Then click the activation by network

It will then say activation succeeded

And your legally owned Office 2007 Works!

Credit to
I felt it was missing some instructions for the average user.- viewing comments from average users showed they didn't understand to edit the file as Administrator.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Why Linux Sucks on the Desktop

Over the last few months, after having been cheesed off with Windows 10, I tried to embrace a pig with lipstick. I tested most of the trendy Linux distributions on my Dell XPS 15 L521X, and found none of them could replace Windows as a decent desktop OS - for me, that's a responsive desktop that runs common software chrome, skype(and supports the built-in webcam), video and audio works.

I just came across an article that succinctly summarizes why Linux is not ready for the desktop in 2017,"Major Linux Problems on the Desktop, 2017 edition"

 I will try again in 2018 and see if things have improved, but given Linux has been this awful on the desktop for YEARS, I'm not confident.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Windows 10; Registry settings to Turn On or Off Driver Updates

Driver updates from Microsoft for my Dell XPS15 L521x have been driving me nuts just when I get it working by uninstalling the latest DEll Touchpad driver update another DEll Touchpad driver update from Windows update installs. WEll I finaly found out how to stop the cycle  - disable friver updates al together, I'm happy to do that for a while I have the Intel driver update agent which covers most things.

Found this trick on WinAero

You can do the same thing with group policy if you have a version of Windows that supports that. See the TenForums link for details
To Turn On or Off Including Driver Updates in Windows Update 
Note   Note
The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.


ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off