Reinstalling the .NET Framework

Having trouble with your .NET framework? I had a difficult time getting Windows Update to install Hotfix KB928366 on my computer. No matter what I did, I couldn’t uninstall or fix the .NET Framework. After a lot of Googling and trying different suggestions, here is what worked for me.

How to re-install the .NET Framework 1.1

  1. Remove the .NET Framework 1.1
    1. Download the Microsoft Windows Installer Cleanup Utility and install it.
    2. Run it from Start > All Programs > Windows Installer Clean Up
    3. Select .NET Framework 1.1 from the list and click Remove
  2. Download and install the .NET Framework 1.1 Redistributable
  3. Download and install .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1. Ignore the message saying it is already installed, go ahead and reinstall it.
  4. Download and install .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 Security Update (KB928366). Reboot when asked to.

If this doesn’t work for you, here are additional instructions for repairing .NET version 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0.

Start Synergy before the Login on Ubuntu

If you have a Linux Synergy client connecting to a Synergy server on another machine, you’ll want the client to start up with GDM so that you can access the mouse and keyboard to log in. Here’s how to get it working Ubuntu, although it should work on other distributions too.

Edit the Default file

sudo gedit /etc/gdm/Init/Default

and add these lines to it

#Synergy - place this line somewhere before the "sysmodmap=/etc/X11/Xmodmap" line
/usr/bin/synergyc serverComputerHostname

Where serverComputerHostname is the host name or IP of your Synergy server.
Also edit the PreSession/Default file:

sudo gedit /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default

And add these lines to it:
[code=php]#Synergy – place this line somewhere before the “XSETROOT=`gdmwhich xsetroot`” line
/usr/bin/synergyc serverComputerHostname[/code] Logout and now you should be able to login to Ubuntu with your server’s keyboard and mouse.

Yodm – Yet Another Desktop Manager for Windows XP

Yodm 3D is a virtual desktop manager with the fashionable effect : the rotating cube. If you’re using Windows and are feeling left out because all the other cool operating systems like MacOS and Linux have cool special effects (check out all the Beryl and Compiz videos on YouTube) for even the basic functions like changing desktops, then look no further.

Now you too can impress your friends by getting your desktop to spin like a cube. Download YODM free from

Or better yet, switch to Linux!

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Unattended MS-Office Installation

The Definitive How-to guide for preparing an unattended installer for Office 2003

Note that previous Office versions recommended installing from an administrative install point, however from Office 2003 Microsoft now recommends using the Office Local Cache for deployment. Although this takes up an additional 290MB of local disk space and you cannot slipstream patches to the source, it will save a lot of time and headaches later if you manage a lot of desktop and laptop computers. See here

Since slipstreaming is no longer recommended, you can use a batch file to add hotfixes

Alternatively, you can build a slipstreamed All-In-One (5 Office CDs compressed into one 600MB CD) which uses local cache by following the instructions at Note that you should read the whole thread before starting this project as there are a few corrections in later posts.

There are links to a utility that helps make an AIO CD here

If you want to install Office 2003 at T-12, you need an AutoIt script to click Ignore to skip the error message from Dr Watson. Get the script here

There is a detailed guide on slipstreaming service packs and hotfixes into Office 2003 at

Download the latest service packs and hotfixes from Office 2003 Administrative Updates

Keep your Office installation up to date by visiting the Microsoft Office Update site at

You can also install the Office Update Installation Engine using the method at

If you need to install Multilanguage User Interfaces to your Office installations, theres a great guide here but note that Office 2003 MUI packs are available only for volume license customers.

To reinstall a PC or migrate to a new PC you can copy users Office settings using the Office Save My Settings Wizard described here

Reduce the size of your Office 2003 installation source with Office Shrinker. The installation source with just Word and Excel can be reduced to under 40MB

Keep up to date with Microsofts Office Admin Update Center

If you ever get an unattended Office 2003 CD completed, make it look professional by printing CD labels for it from