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Gantry 5 Hydrogen WordPress Module Position Not Showing

We were working with Gantry 5 Hydrogen theme in WAMP and couldn’t get the module positions to show in the Widget area. We added the Module Position to the template; however, when we went into the Widgets area that position didn’t show. We have done this feat before, but for some reason not working this time.

It was solved when we moved the site to the new hosting. It was a PHP issue. Localhost we were running 5.5 and on the server is 7.1.

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Install Visio 2016 With Office 2016

We recently ran into the issue when trying to install Visio 2016 32-bit when we had Office 2016 64-bit.

We solved this issue by uninstalling the office 2016, installing Visio, and then re-installing Office. Outlook even keep the profile.

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Outlook – Invalid index. (Exception from HRESULT:0x8002000B(DISP_E_BADINDEX))

We had a customer who was having an issue with Outlook 2016. They were getting a dialog box with the error: Invalid index. (Exception from HRESULT:0x8002000B(DISP_E_BADINDEX)).

I did a quick repair on the Outlook program, but this didn’t fix the issue. Others on the web found the issue resides in the Add-ins.

How to find and disable Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010 Add-ins and plugins

In Outlook >> File >> Options >> Add-ins we discovered a “Sage” add-in. They use Sage for their banking but felt that shouldn’t be attached to their email. We turned off the “Sage” add-in and we were no longer getting the issue.

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Check Website To See If It Is Optimized

There are so many tools out there to evaluate your website, but somehow when it comes from Google it is the one I trust the most. Google has been writing the book on page ranking for years, so I am putting my faith in their tool to be a good one.

I ran an test on my new site as comparison to the old site and this tool made me feel really good about the work I was doing. I was so happy about it I decided to make this post. Here is a link to Google’s tool.

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

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Never Purchase Office From Dell

We recently purchased 7 machines from Dell and we ordered Office 2016. Our recommendation is to never do this. Dell sells the product without a product key or Activation code. They force you to deal with Microsoft to get it activated. This is an issue because the association is strictly based off of the email address of the purchase. This is an issue because in order to activate the product you have to create a new Microsoft email account and associate the Office with the new email.

You can easily see that Microsoft will have no idea of the association between the purchase and the new email account. We found countless posts over this same issue.

Here is the biggest joke. This is the statement officially from Dell.

Beginning December 16, 2016, if you purchased a Microsoft Office product with your Dell system, you will not receive an Office product key card to activate your product. Instead, you must activate your Office product through your Microsoft Account (MSA). If you do not have an MSA, you will be directed to create one the first time you open any Office application.

As you can see if you don’t have a Microsoft account they want you to create one. Again how does Microsoft know the association between the Dell purchase and the license.

In conclusion, when purchasing a new computer from Dell we would advise to never purchase Microsoft Office from Dell.

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Godaddy Cpanel Email – Can Send But Not Receive

We had a customer discontinue their email package from Godaddy and started to just use the CPanel email. A week later customer wasn’t receiving emails. I could login in to the webmail and send, but I couldn’t receive.

The issue was with the DNS and the mail record. The MX had 2 records and the 2 CName had two mail records that needed to be deleted and a MX & an A record needed to be added.

Here is the link I got from Godaddy that gave me the settings I needed.

https://www.secureserver.net/help/article/8852?pl_id=440848&v=1

You can quickly access your DNS in a Godaddy account by going to https://dcc.secureserver.net.

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Set Up Office 365 Email Account In Office 2007

We have a customer with Office 2007 and needed to set up an Office 365 account. Auto Discover was looking for the server, so I put in “outlook.office.com

The following web link gave great detailed instructions for manually configuring the mail server.

https://oit.colorado.edu/tutorial/office-365-outlook-windows-manual-exchange-configuration

The real ticket was manually configuring the email server.

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VIPRE – A problem has occurred in VIPRE Threat Scanner

We had a customer who was having VIPRE pop ups. Here is a screenshot of what they were getting.

I contacted VIPRE and they knew right a way how to fix it. They said it was a bad definition that came down in early February. The fix is to download a small file that will remove the old definitions and restart the agent.  Here is the link they sent us.

https://homesupport.vipre.com/support/solutions/articles/1000259870-vipre-alert-2-6-2018-problem-has-occurred-in-vipre-scanning-engine-or-vipre-threat-scanner

I ran the executable which only took few minutes and I got a popup saying VIPRE was my antivirus. I could see in the VIPRE Console on the server that the definitions were updating, so the Console and the agent were communicating again.

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Windows 10 – Mouse Keyboard Not Working Or Auto Repair Loop

We have had a number of calls regarding a number of issues with Windows 10 machines. It started the week of February 13, 2018. We had three calls for Windows 10 machines that were in an Automatic Repair Loop. We ended up having to do a Reset on a few machines and reinstall their software. Other machines we did a complete reinstall of the OS.

 

A week later we got calls for mouse and keyboard not working. We were able to find other users on the Net having the same issues after a Windows 10 update. At least these users were able to get into Windows. Some users had a completely black screen so they couldn’t interface with the computer. For these users we were able to do a system restore to a point before the update.

 

Our tech Corie discovered the update KB4074588 seems to be the main issue. We had Surface Pro 4 that the Keyboard and Mouse won’t work no matter what we did, but removing this update got the mouse and keyboard working again. In the Device Manager remove any devices that have yellow triangle. Restart Windows and Windows should put back some default drivers for the devices.

After we removed the update we used the following link from Microsoft to hide the update.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3183922/how-to-temporarily-prevent-a-windows-update-from-reinstalling-in-windo

 

We did find an extensive discussion about this topic on Bleeping Computers Forum. Here is the link to that thread.

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/671179/recent-windows-10-update-breaks-usb-mouse-and-keyboard-on-dell-3040/

 

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Godaddy Office 365 Email Setup With Office 2010

I had to install an older copy of Office 2010 Pro Plus on a Windows 10 machine that got reset because Windows Automatic Repair was stuck in loop.

I installed Office and started with adding their Godaddy Office 365 account into Outlook. During the install I ran into error 1719, but got past it. Here is how I did it. Fix error 1719.

Outlook couldn’t just set up the email. Godaddy has a program specific to setting up their Office 365.  I found the program here.

https://www.godaddy.com/help/outlook-setup-assistant-windows-set-up-email-automatically-19938

The program ran into  issues.

When I tried to run their link “Open Office Setup” I got the following error.

I needed to upgrade the Outlook 2010. This lead me to this page.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/office-updates-a118ec61-f007-492f-bfa5-5a6f764d5471?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

I downloaded and ran the update “KB 2687521“.  After I ran the update I ran the Godaddy assistant again and I got this error.

This time when I clicked to “Open Office Setup” the setup opened and ran. Outlook opened and I was able to get the two email accounts set up.

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