SOLVED: Adobe Error 1328: Error applying patch to file

Adobe Acrobat updates may fail with: Error 1328: Error applying patch to file C:\Config.MSI\PT3E87.TMP.  It has probably been updated by other means and can no longer be modified by this patch. While I still have no verified explanation for this error, I have seen it enough times to figure out a work around which can be summarized by saying install the patches manual: Go to the Adobe Updates page . Scroll through the page until…

SOLVED: Install Adobe Reader X or XI on Server 2012 Remote Desktop Server

If you have tried to install Adobe Reader on Server 2012 you see an INTERNAL ERROR OCCURED message and when you click OK, Reader will terminate. There are two ways around this that I know of: Right Click on C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe and set the COMPATIBILITY LEVEL to something old like Windows XP Give up and run FoxItReader from foxitsoftware.com Officially Adobe says Server 2012 is NOT supported for Adobe Reader.  See THIS Adobe article.

How to Deploy The Current Version of Adobe Flash using Group Policy in Active Directory

This one is easy: Download the correct version of  flash from Adobes offline flash installer site http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/fp_distribution3.html Copy the .MSI to a location on the network which all PC’s can see Start GROUP POLICY MANAGMENT CONSOLE and right click on the appropriate OU (or the domain root) and select CREATE A GPO IN THIS DOMAIN AND LINK IT HERE Drill into COMPUTER CONFIGURATION, POLICIES, SOFTWARE SETTINGS right click on SOFTWARE INSTALLATION and select NEW PACKAGE point…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Easily Remove Third Party Menu Items From Word Excel PowerPoint

Do you have garbage addins, like PDF tools, Printer tools, Camera tools or other junk cluttering the menus in your Office products like Word Excel and Outlook? Get rid of them. We demonstrate how to disable and how to permanently remove junk menu items in Word Excel and PowerPoint. These add menu items from Adobe, Samsung, Cannon, HP, … and others are: not helping your machines performance add visual clutter which slows YOU down most…

How to Recover a PDF Document?

Three Ways to Recover a Damaged Acrobat Reader File No files on your computer are insured against damage, and this also applies to PDF files. Active Acrobat Reader users can regularly encounter the slightest crash during copying or saving a document. When you click on it, a message like this will appear: Errors appear due to damage to the hard drive, incorrect operation of the antivirus, browser, or mail client. There are dozens of possible…

SOLVED: How To See & Edit What Is Automatically Starting Up On Windows 10

Over the years more and more products have set themselves to automatically startup.  In the mid-2000’s Microsoft decided that these performance sucking startups were getting annoying enough to start exposing them to end users and there have been several built in tools to view and manage start up apps.  We are going to explain all of the ways software starts up automatically on a current version of Windows 10: How To See All Programs Starting…

The Fundamentals for Succeeding at Producing YouTube Content

Throughout the last few years, YouTube has flourished in creating a golden age for independent creators. Recently, the platform and its stars have influenced the next generation of creative minds to put themselves out there and produce online content. However, to succeed in the industry, several fundamentals can assist with long-term success. As a result, we’re going to look at the essentials that give aspiring content creators the best chance of success on YouTube. Hardware…

SOLVED: A Simple Explanation of How DeepFake Videos Are Made

Deep Fakes are computer generated videos, typically of politicians or celebrities, saying things they did not say. Most people first heard of DeepFakes in the spring of 2018 when comedian and film maker Jordan Peel produced this short video of former President Obama trashing US President Trump. In that video Peel made it clear it was him narrating the words and head movements while a high powered computer produced a very real looking video of…

SOLVED: Control What Programs Are Starting Up Automatically Using New Free Program From Microsoft

Over time you will have a bunch of garbage apps automatically starting up.  Things like Adobe Acrobat icons in your system tray, Google updates, printer software for a printer you don’t own anymore and more can really slow down your PC and make things a visual mess.  There used to be two easy ways to manage these programs: Use TASK MANAGER > STARTUP press CNTL+ALT+DEL and select TASK MANAGER click the STARTUP tab right click…

SOLVED: How To Control What is Starting Up Automatically In Windows

There are four places that programs startup automatically from: 1: STARTUP FOLDERS AUTOMATIC STARTUP Both of these are in hidden folders so you need to change your view to show Hidden Folders as shown in the screen shot to the right Per User Startup Folder: C:\Users\<USER NAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Startup Folder for All Users C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp 2: REGISTRY RUN & RUNONCE KEYS HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE Typically we see very little…

The 12 Most Important Things You Need To Do To Get The Most Out of a Large Scale Conference

After attending a number of large scale tech conferences like Microsoft TechEd and CES, we have seen and made many needless mistakes.  These are always giant visual impact productions and if you don’t get it right, you can spend alot of time running around in circles and not getting much out of them. This article is intended to be a brief on how to get the most out of any large scale conference: Book Early:…

How to Best get Browser Games Running on Your Device

Back in the day, you used to only be able to play digital games in special environment or setups. Arcade games in the arcade, home games on consoles, handhelds or dedicated PC setups. In today’s environment of enormously powerful technology and sophisticated computer systems, we are no longer bound by these limitations. In this age, we can access an enormous amount of games from the very browsers we use to access the internet. These come with…

SOLVED: IE11 Does Not Display Pictures, Just Placeholders and Flash Does Not Work

This is a train wreck of problem in IE11 that takes 3 seconds to fix.  If you go to sites like MSN.COM and find that many of the graphics have not loaded and/or you find that Adobe Flash content will not play the solution may be to disable PROTECTED MODE: Click the TOOLS cog icon in the top right corner Click INTERNET OPTIONS Click the SECURITY tab Uncheck ENABLE PROTECTED MODE… I have seen this so commonly…

Handy Near Free PDF Tools I Need To Get My Job Done!

The following are six tools I use regularly to manipulate Adobe Acrobat .PDF’s: Quick PDF Tools – Free – Used to edit PDF document properties one by one.  They say it works on multiple files, but not for me. Batch PDF Pro – $40 and Batch PDF Watermark – Free – The free Watermark/stamp tool is included in the $40 Pro Version.  This sofware will split PDF’s into smaller .PDF’s based on number of pages,…

SOLVED: How to Install Windows 10 On An Asus T100 Transformer

There are four quick points to get through if you are trying to run Windows 10 on an Asus T100: You have to run 32 bit at least for now as the UEFI (new BIOS) that Asus built does not support 64 bit (as of October 26, 2014) Windows 10 WILL upgrade from your old Windows 8.1 BUT I found the machine slow and well, not quite right, so wiped it out If you wipe out the…