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Misc Application/Installation Errors

TAGS: isscript, secedit.exe, esent.dll, jetsetindexrange@12

Try the following:

"secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf
/db secsetup.sdb /verbose"

If you receive the error 'Entry Point Not Found', rename and replace 'c:\windows\system32\secedit.exe' with a copy from an identical OS installation.

SQLExpress Service Won't Start

TAGS: SQLExpress, Error Code 3417, Event ID 7024

Try the following:

Note: Replace PASSWORD with your SQLExpress password.

"setup.exe /qn INSTANCENAME=SQLExpress REINSTALL=SQL_Engine

Your hard drive will churn for awhile. Once it is done, check to see if you can log into SQLExpress.

Unable to Access Shared Files on Windows XP

TAGS: "is not accessible", "Logon failure"

Receiving the following when trying to access a share?
Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.

Try the following:

XP PRO: Click: Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools

Click: Local Policies > User Rights Assignments
Include "Everyone" group in "Access this computer from the network"
Exclude "Everyone" group in "Deny access to this computer from the network"

XP Home: Download Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

Click: Start > All Programs > Windows Resource Kit Tools > Command Shell
Run the following 3 lines in the command windows.

"net user guest /active:yes"
"ntrights +r SeNetworkLogonRight -u Guest"
"ntrights -r SeDenyNetworkLogonRight -u Guest"

USB Broadband Driver Issues


Installing a broadband wireless adapter on my machine ad got some errors.
No luck on the web, but worked it out with help from the store.

Device: HUAWEI E220
Used by: 3, Vodaphone, T-Mobile

Desc: In theory, this is a USB plug and play device that installs the software from the device (USB Memory stick/broadband connection combo device). Device was not installing. It would appear, start the auto run and then the drive would disappear and install would crash.

Solution: Originally it was thought that Norton AV was the culprit.
As a quick solution, since closing Norton did no good, I used MSCONFIG to disable all startup options.
Rebooted, kept the MSCONFIG screen open. Plugged the device in and it installed and worked.

Reset the MSCONFIG settings and rebooted, no joy, could not recognized the device. Used MSCONFIG to work through the startup items. It was not Norton, but PCMservice.exe, a DELL media experience driver. Pulled that and all worked.