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Totally Off Topic: Dell and Vista

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Over the years I have purchased maybe twenty computers from Dell. They were
very solid many years ago.
In February both my daughter and my wife got new Dells, E521s.
They wouldn't run without warning messages about the Roxio software on them
and the Rosio software wouldn't uninstall with a simple uninstall
(apparently if one clicks change instead of uninstall and follows
directions there, one may be able to effect a complete uninstall); the
monitor on one was toast. The Vista installation on them was not activated
and the installation key included was not valid and MS would not activate
Vista with the key included on the sticker on the tower box; they had to
call the installation hotline and read in fifty-four digits that popped up
when an internet activation was attempted; that didn't work either but then
a rep came on and read off her own string of fifty-four digits and when
they were entered those, Vista could be activated. BUT, this activation key
is not valid for an upgrade to Vista64; apparently one has to call Dell and
ask about that and then they send you by snail mail an activation key that
is valid for the upgrade.

As I say, this is totally off topic, but I wish someone had posted it in
December. If a friend of mine asked me, "Should I order a new Dell with
Vista?" I would say, "No, just flush the money down the toilet; save
yourself a lot of time and grief."

As for Access, (a little on-topic), remember those annoying security
messages you got with Access 2003 and Windows XP and Macros (actually VBA
code)? Cheer up! You ain't seen nothin' YET!

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Mar 14 '07 #1
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As for Access, (a little on-topic), remember those annoying security
messages you got with Access 2003 and Windows XP and Macros (actually VBA
code)? Cheer up! You ain't seen nothin' YET!

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Harbinger of doom and gloom you are.

Mar 14 '07 #2

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Not sure which messages you mean, Lyle.

If you installed multiple versions of Access, you may be referrring to this:
Errors using multiple versions of Access under Vista
at:
http://allenbrowne.com/bug-17.html

If you are talking about the warnings/disabling of Access code/macros in
Access 2007, hopefully you have discovered trusted locations by now.
Personally, I consider that a much better solution for Access than digitial
signing.

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Allen Browne - Microsoft MVP. Perth, Western Australia
Tips for Access users - http://allenbrowne.com/tips.html
Reply to group, rather than allenbrowne at mvps dot org.

"lyle fairfield" <ly******@yahoo.cawrote in message
news:qs***************@read1.cgocable.net...
[snip]
>
As for Access, (a little on-topic), remember those annoying security
messages you got with Access 2003 and Windows XP and Macros (actually VBA
code)? Cheer up! You ain't seen nothin' YET!
Mar 14 '07 #3

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lyle fairfield <ly******@yahoo.cawrote in
news:qs***************@read1.cgocable.net:
As I say, this is totally off topic, but I wish someone had posted
it in December. If a friend of mine asked me, "Should I order a
new Dell with Vista?" I would say, "No, just flush the money down
the toilet; save yourself a lot of time and grief."
Anyone who buys a new Windows version before the first service pack
is asking for these kinds of problems, or should expect them.
Especially someone of your level of experience, Lyle.

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David W. Fenton http://www.dfenton.com/
usenet at dfenton dot com http://www.dfenton.com/DFA/
Mar 14 '07 #4

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