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Windows 7 program installation woes

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#1 Julia-the-PCGP


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 04:44 PM


I am helping a friend who has a Dell Inspiron N5105 laptop running Vista Home Premium.

It was supplied only recently as part of an insurance claim settlement - she was told it had just been built for her specifically so she expected it to be problem free.

The internet works fine and she can check her email and facebook, etc - but although Skype 4.2 is pre-installed she cannot logon to the service using her ID and password, and neither can I, it just says for ages "Signing in" and eventually "Skype cannot connect to your account - for help click here" but that link doesn't work either.

She has asked for a password reset and logged onto the Skype website to complete this successfully, but the client still does the above - and the same with my own account.

Also, the screen to activate her copy of MS Office XP is corrupted (just showing as blank box!).

To try to resolve both problems, I backed up her files (only a few) and did a factory reset from the recovery partition. The Skype problem remains.

The Office activation wizard now offers to activate over the internet ... but says it can't make a connection to the server, and when I try to use the telephone method it refuses to give us a phone number to call.

I have connected the laptop to a different internet connection and the problems remain.

She tells me that her boss was also unable to activate the latest version of Office that they have too, so this isn't just a Office XP issue (which I realise is 10 years old).

Everything worked perfectly on her old computer, but of course it was stolen in the burglary.

I am at a loss to explain why this is happening with a brand new computer, especially after a factory reset. Can you help me ?

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#2 zigzag3143


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:06 PM

I would doubt it is a "brand new computer" Vista for an OS (vista's mainstream support is already over) XP office (even older), Skype 4.2 (current version is 5.1.110.)

If there is a warranty I would use it. If not can we get the event viewer logs from it to see whats going on?

Please provide us with your Event Viewer administrative logs by following these steps:

Click Start Menu
Type eventvwr into Search programs and files (do not hit enter)
Right click eventvwr.exe and click Run as administrator
Expand Custom Views
Click Administrative Events
Right click Administrative Events
Save all Events in Custom View As...
Save them in a folder where you will remember which folder and save as Errors.evtx
Go to where you saved Errors.evtx
Right click Errors.evtx -> send to -> compressed (zipped) folder
Upload the .zip file here, to skydrive or a file sharing service

Edited by zigzag3143, 04 July 2012 - 05:54 PM.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:08 PM

Here is the Microsoft Activation phone numbers http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929

and try this link http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_xp-office_install/cant-activate-officexp-on-win7-laptop/b7229a40-726b-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5

Did you try re installing the skype client the latest Skype installer is 5.8 http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/ if you want a offline installer I can get you one if that online installer doesn't work

Edited by coxchris, 04 July 2012 - 05:10 PM.

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#4 zigzag3143


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:58 PM


5.8? Just downloaded newest from your link
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