How to fix VMware Fusion displaying white boxes instead of menu and cursors on Mac OSX with a Windows XP guest

We have a VMWare Fusion user running MAC OSX 10.6 host with a Windows XP guest who would end up with white boxes displayed instead of the correct menus. A reboot would fix it for a few hours, then it would happen again, requiring yet another reboot.

The way we fixed it is as follows.

On the guest Windows XP do the following.

  • Click Start > Control Panel > Display.
  • Click Settings > Advanced > Troubleshoot.
  • Move the Hardware acceleration slider one notch to the left toward None.
  • Click OK until you close the Display Properties dialog.
  • Reboot the guest Windows XP operating system.
  • How to fix "HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden The Web server is configured to not list the contents of this directory"

    We had a fresh install of Windows 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 on a developers machine that was getting this error when trying to access a MVC 2.0 .Net 4.0 website hosted locally on IIS7. Various fixes talk about making sure there is a default document, and also about turning on directory browsing, but neither of those work. (MVC 2.0 does not need a default document specified).

    The issue was that .Net framework 4.0 had not installed correctly, so here is what you need to do to fix it.

    1.) Run a command prompt as Administrator.

    2.) Copy and paste the following text “C:WindowsMicrosoft.NETFramework64v4.0.30319aspnet_regiis.exe -i”

    This is assuming that you have already installed MVC 2.0 And .Net Framework 4.0 , but not in the correct order.

    How to fix the "Key management services (KMS) host could not be located in domain name system (DNS) – 0×8007232B – MAK – KMS" issue

    When you try to activate a volume licence version of Windows 2008 Server (Windows 7 as well), you may get the following message.

    Key management services (KMS) host could not be located in domain name system (DNS) – 0×8007232B – MAK – KMS

    This is due to some changes made with the way Volume licence activations are done at Microsoft.

    The way to fix this is as follows:

    1.) Go into Control panel.

    2.) Click on system(or System and maintenance depending on your control panel view).

    3.) Click on change product key and enter your Volume licence key.

    You should now be able to activate Windows!

    How to fix the "The Office Communications Server Front-End service terminated with service-specific error 3286842403 (0xC3E93C23) " error

    I ran some Windows updates on a Microsoft OCS 2007(Office Communications server) server running on 64bit Windows 2003, and when I rebooted, the front-end service would not start.
    I realised that having just run some updates, that one of them would be the culprit.

    So I had a look around and found that I need to remove the KB974571update, reboot and then the service started prefectly!

    How to enable the security tab for files and folders on a Windows XP computer in a workgroup

    I had a Windows XP machine that I needed to change some folder permissions, but as this computer was a member of a Workgroup, the tab is hidden.

    All you need to enable this is to follow these steps.

    1. Open up regedit

    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLsa

     
    3.  Change the  ForceGuest key from 1 to 0
    Now you will be able to see the security tab.

    How to fix Error TF84037 with Microsoft Excel Team Foundation AddIn

    We had a user who was trying to create a New List using the Team Excell AddIn, but she would get the following error each time “TF84037: There was a problem initialisinng the Microsoft Excel Team Foundation AddIn . Re-installing the Team Foundation Client may be required.

    A re-install of the client was not a good idea, so I did some research and found that “.NET Programmability Support”  need to be installed for Excel.

    To fix this in Windows XP/Windows Server 2003 do the following:

    1. Close Excel and other Office programs.

    2. Open Control panel

    3.  In Add/Remove programs, locate your Office application and select it.

    4.  Click on the ‘Change’ button

    5.  Select ‘Add or Remove features’ and click ‘next’

    6.  Select ‘Choose advanced customization of applications’ and click ‘next’

    7.  In the tree view, expand ‘Microsoft Office Excel’ and make sure the .NET Programmability Support option is set to ‘run from my computer’.

    8.  Click ‘update’.

    For Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server, do the following:

    1. Close Excel and other Office programs.

    2. Open Control panel

    3.  In Programs and Features , locate your Office application and right click it.

    4.  Click on the ‘Change’ button

    5.  Select ‘Add or Remove features’ and click “continue”

    6.  In the tree view, expand ‘Microsoft Office Excel’ and make sure the .NET Programmability Support option is set to ‘run from my computer’.

    7.  Click ‘continue’.

    You should now be able to run the Excel Addin!

    What to do when InDesign CS3 crashes with a text.rpln error

    I had a user with a 37 page Indesign document that had become corrupted when Indesign had crashed. We could open the document, but if we scrolled down beyond  We tried the Indesign auto recovery, but it would just cause Indesign to crash again.

    The way I fixed the document was By exporting it to an “InDesign Interchange” document by going into the file menu and then choosing export.

    I then shut down Indesign, re-opened it and then opened up the Indesign interchange document that I had just exported. When I loaded the document it then imported lots of the images and was usable again!.

    How to fix the Event ID 521 "Volume Shadow copy operation failed for backup volumes with following error code '2155348129' " error when you try to backup a Windows 2008 server with Windows Backup

    I was trying to do a single backup of Windows 2008 server using the built in Windows Backup program, but no matter what settings I chose, or where I backed it up to, it would always fail with the following error in the event log – Event ID 521 ” Volume Shadow copy operation failed for backup volumes with following error code ‘2155348129’

    I decided to check the disk and found that there was an OEM partition installed and that it was set to active. I then right clicked on the C: drive partition and set that to active.

    To do this, go to Control Panel , then Administrative Tools, then into Computer Management. In Computer management, go to Storage, then click on disk management to display your list of hard disks. You can then set your C: drive to be active by right clicking on it and sellecting Mark Partition as active.

     

    After this the backup worked fine. The problem with it is that in order for Volume Shadow copy to work, the partition with the operating system  has to be set as active.