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Although i’m some kind of specialist in the MS area i’m no fan boy – check out how many times i’ve mentioned replacing my lappy with a Mac. However, I found the following statistics pretty interesting considering the slating Windows gets about it’s stability (i’m not talking security here, just stability). Just for the record, i’m of the opinion that the stability and reliability of a server (be it Windows, *nix or whatever) is a reflection of the admin responsible for it :p

Causes of BSODs:

Microsoft Code 5%
Hardware (memory, disk etc) 10%
Unknown (crash too corrupt for analysis) 15%
3rd party device drivers 70%

Data taken from MS’s analysis of the crash dumps for XP submitted to Microsoft OCA in April 2004.

Removing the search box from IE7

I like my browser bars to be tidy, infact I think I have a touch of desktop OCD. For example Outlook has to be the first item on my task bar and I hate it when you have 3 or 4 instances of the same application (i.e MSN or IE) that won’t ‘group’!   So, having the Google toolbar installed means I have the search box from that app AS WELL as the default search box that IE7 has in the top right. Yuk.

I’ve been meaning to find out how to remove the search box from IE7 for a month or so now and have just gotten around to it.

HKCU\Software\Polices\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\

Create new key InfoDelivery
Create new key under InfoDelivery called Restrictions
Create new DWORD under Restrictions called NoSearchBox with value = 1

Restart IE7 and voila, no built in search box.

Will getting a Macbook help my cluttered desktop woes I wonder? (Yes, i’m still fishing for ways to convince myself I NEED one :p)

Rolling back from Outlook 12 (2007 beta release 2)

I had installed the Office 2007 beta 2 release to a server today, testing out functionality with the product I work on which requires Outlook for MAPI connectivity to MS Exchange. When the time came to rollback, I used the correct uninstall method (Add/Remove Programs) and rebooted before reapplying Outlook 2003.

Now, when opening an existing Outlook profile the app terminates when trying to access the profile settings (you get the lovely ‘do you want to restart in safe mode’ and ‘would you like to detect/repair’ loop going.
Trying to create a new Mail profile (either from the Outlook dialogue or from the Mail applet) resulted in this error:

There was an error locating one of the items needed to complete this operation. It might have been deleted.

Kind of makes sense I guess, the profiles were created in OL12 which was removed but the question is, how the hell do I get out of that loop?

Looking through the registry, the uninstall hadn’t removed the 12.0 keys from



..so I got shot of them, still no dice.

The last thing I checked was Mapisvc.inf – both versions in system32 and %program files%\Common Files\MSMAPI\1033 were identical and hadn’t been modified since i’d installed OL12. Bingo. Once I deleted both of them, the next start of Outlook recreated the files and everything is swimming now.

Lets hope MS remember to clean up a little better in the RC and Gold versions 😀