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!!

Instructions:


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."

Save!

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
https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-remove-office-2007-activation
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.