Error 1603 when installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable and Autodesk Revit 2019

Today I got error 1603 while installing Autodesk Revit 2019 on a student’s laptop. The best solution is to uninstall all Microsoft Visual C++ runtimes, reboot the computer, and let the Revit installer get its way installing the supplied versions.

Connecting to guest-access allowed, readonly Samba shares

Sometimes security is on the border of being ridiculous. Modern Windows 10 is very anxious when connecting to guest-access allowed, readonly Samba shares, Here’s how to allow “insecure” guest logons for stand-alone computers. The same is true when configuring a GPO.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4046019/guest-access-smb2-disabled-by-default-in-windows-10-server-2016.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters]
"AllowInsecureGuestAuth"=dword:00000001


Client for OES 2 SP4 IR7a on Windows 10 1709

While trying to log in on our Novell servers using Client for OES 2 SP4 IR7a on Windows 10 1709, I was greeted with:

A required network service has not started.
Please check your error log for details.

The third reply of this post gave me a clue, simply run setup.exe one more time and reboot.

Uninstallation of IR7a still gives me error 0x80070005. The Registry settings in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Novell was accessible to me as a regular user. Maybe the client’s uninstaller is complaining about rights in the filesystem.

iobit‘s uninstaller free saved the day.

I really wish for more specific error messages.


Addendum 2018-02-23

Running setup.exe or yourscript.cmd from an elevated Command Prompt window eliminated all my problems. Search for “Command Prompt” on the start menu and hold down Ctrl+Shift when you click on the menu item. Simply right-clicking on yourscript.cmd and selecting “Run as administrator” proved to be insufficient. Creating HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Novell manually might also set things straight.

Error 0x800F081F while installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 10

Error 0x800F081F while installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 10 might be due to corporate WSUS servers not allowing such updates.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU in the Windows registry and set UseWUServer to 0 (zero). Restart the Windows Update service (net stop wuauserv & net start wuauserv) and retry installing .NET Framework 3.5. Set UseWUServer back to 1 (one) and restart the Windows Update service.

Star Trek Online and InstallLocation

I keep Star Trek Online installed in two separate directories. One of the copies is simply a backup which I update but never play, while the other is for playing.

Keeping these two copies updated got a bit messy after the STO launcher began recording the InstallLocation in the Windows registry.

Subsequently, I have to remove this value from the registry prior to launching the game from another location.

@echo off
reg delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cryptic\Star Trek Online" /v "InstallLocation" /f

MathType 6.9b, Word 2016, and McAfee products

If you can’t edit formulas with MathType and you receive a cryptic error message:

Word cannot open the document: user does not have access privileges

In Norwegian this becomes:

Word kan ikke åpne dokumentet. Brukeren har ikke tilgangsrettigheter.

Check to see if any McAfee products are installed. Remove them, reboot the computer, and see if the problem has gone away.

Windows 10 wedges itself

One or more of the recent updates for Windows 10 rendered my laptop incapable of communicating with the outside world. The Windows Firewall failed to run due to Base Filtering Engine not being able to run either. It’s the dreaded “Error 5: Access denied” error message all over again. Windows 10 also thought it was not activated, which is plain wrong. And no, I haven’t changed any hardware, save upgrading the wireless NIC in May last year. Running sfc /scannow with elevated privileges found nothing wrong. Restoring the system to the state prior to the latest updates made the network and firewall subsystems running again. All is well. What a mess.

Office 365 and error 30125-28 (404)

The Office 365 instance installed on a student’s laptop showed signs of not being activated and in need of an update. Clicking on any of the small buttons below the ribbon made no difference. Running Office updates manually from “File → Account → Update” gave us an error message: 30125-28 (404).

Running sfc /scannow with elevated rights managed to repair enough of the corruption to allow Office 365 to continue working.

Why are modern “cloud” software so fragile? Why are Dropbox and Google Drive far superior to the equivalent of Microsoft? Why is OneDrive for Business more on the order of OneDrive from Hell?

Revit 2018.1 and Licensing System Error 1

A student experienced Revit 2018.1 giving him this rather useless error message:

Licensing System Error 1

After Googling for a solution, we installed/repaired all the Visual C++ runtimes we could find in 3rdParty\x64\VCRedist and in 3rdParty\x86\VCRedist from the Revit 2018 distribution.

Success!

Shame on lazy developers not willing to code reasonable error messages explaning what the program attemped to do with what.

GNU style error messages is a lot better than nonsense words. E.g.:

sourcefile.c: lineno: open("/some/file") = -1, errno = 2 (No such file or directory)


Update 2017-09-05:

Today I had the opportunity to examine another case of “Licensing System Error 1”. This time I installed 3rdParty\x86\VCRedist\2005\vcredist_x86.exe only. As far as I can tell, Visual C++ 2005 Runtime x86 wasn’t installed at all prior to my actions.

Revit 2018.1 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Yesterday, a student installed Autodesk Revit 2018 on his Windows 10 x64 laptop. He then upgraded to Revit 2018.1. After entering the licensing details, Revit crashed. Installing the latest drivers from nVidia, currently at version 385.41, and rebooting the laptop saved us from any more grief.