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** Reply to message from Tom Davies <> on Wed, 16 Feb
2011 09:56:28 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Tom,

Thanks for all the useful suggestions. I'll look into them.


Hi :)

Windows just seems to do things like this occasionally.  It might have been 
triggered by OOo (or LO) but usually this sort of thing 'just happens' or is 
done by antivirus software.  People don't seem to realise how flaky Windows is 
until they use linux or have had to maintain a lot of machines.  Often they 
think Windows is the most robust and easiest!!  

One of the advantages of having a dual-boot system (usually with a linux distro 
such as Ubuntu) is that you can continue using the machine and even use the 
distro to fix Windows using the 'cheat method' you used.

Instead of going to all the trouble of install an operating system alongside 
Windows (takes a couple of hours) it might be better to start with a small 
collection of distros on Cds or Usb-sticks that allow a "LiveCd session" with 
tools that can help fix typical Windows problems.   "LiveCd" simply means a 
bootable Cd that gets you into a working desktop session.
Even if it is really LiveUsb we often still say LiveCd as a more generic term 
because habits are tough to break.  My favourite 3 are 

1. Ubuntu = to get a fully functional desktop similar to Xp/Win7 complete with 
office apps and internet already.  This is the one i have as a LiveUsb-stick and 
i even have it fully installed on a usb-stick for work.  The problem with "Live" 
sessions is that when you reboot no trace of the session is left on the machine 
unless you deliberately saved stuff to the hard-drive.  Anything saved to the 
desktop or "Documents" and bookmarks and history is all forgotten.  LiveCds are 
great for online banking.  Download links and other useful stuff can be found 
from DistroWatch

2. SliTaz = just as a LiveCd.  It doesn't have so much functionality "out of the 
box" but it is only 30Mb so it downloads fast and often makes a nice Cd even if 
the cd/dvd-drive appears to have problems.  It does have GPartEd, a text-editor, 
a linux command-line, a very efficient cd/dvd burning tool called something like 
"Gnome Baker", Gnome Office (if you are desperate!) and can install grub2 if 
Windows boot-loader is broken (or even if it isn't broken yet).  The LiveCd 
session runs entirely from Ram so you can take the Cd out once you see the 

3. Trinity Rescue Kit = the only one of my 3 favourites that is really 
exclusively for fixing Windows problems
This one doesn't give a desktop anything like Windows but it does have a nice 
menu system and is stuffed full of useful apps for fixing things, data-recovery, 
password reset, partition editor and stacks more.  It does have tools that are 
good for fixing linux systems but Windows breaks more often so that is where 
it's real value is.

There are a LOT of other distros and many have specific advantages (but also 
disadvantages).  Many people prefer Mint, openSUSE, Pardus, Fedora or Mandriva 
instead of Ubuntu but of these "entry level" distros Ubuntu is the most famous 
and appears in the mainstream press.  Mint does have more multimedia already 
set-up.  Mandriva looks pretty.  Fedora explores new features and programs 
before other distros so it doesn't always behave but can be interesting.  

There are a lot of distros aimed at older hardware or smaller systems but SliTaz 
seems to cover the widest range of newer hardware while it's focus is on older 
systems.  Knoppix covers a good range but mostly newer hardware and it's a LOT 
larger.  Wolvix Hunter 1.1.0 has a nice tutorial in its installer so it can be a 
good one to try first to learn how to dual-boot and has very addictive retro 
space-invaders game.  Again it is a lot larger.  Generally tiny distros like 
Puppy and TinyCore have a very different way of working but skills or programs 
learned with sliTaz or AntiX are useful elsewhere or if you already know 
Ubuntu's (or another's) command-line then sliTaz is about the same.  Also it's 
desktop is quite pretty.

Instead of Trinity many people prefer distros such as SystemRescue, Parted 
Magic, Gparted (an entire distro built around the program) or Knoppix but i tend 
to find all their tools and more are on the Trinity Cd.  So, i find Trinity is 
better when i need to go out to fix someone's machine.  It's not as famous and 
doesn't even appear in the top 100 at DistroWatch's front page
but despite that it has reasonable forums.

So if i go out then 2 Cds and 1 usb-stick covers most of my options for using or 
fixing Windows machines but if i can only take 1 then i would take my Ubuntu 
usb-stick (not the LiveUsb one unless i wanted to install Ubuntu).  Having these 
things ready in advance is nice but they can always be made from another 
machine, which is where sliTaz is really useful.

Regards from
Tom :)

From: Cliff Scott <>
Sent: Wed, 16 February, 2011 3:23:28
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Missing MSVCR90.dll

I just ran into a scary situation. 

I already had LO 3.3 installed on a Win2K system and working great. That
system also had OOo 3.2.1 installed and working. I upgraded the OOo to 3.3 to
compare OOo & LO and after that neither one would start. It was complaining
about the file MSVCR90.DLL missing. I searched the entire system drive and it
was indeed not there. Apparently it had been there previously since LO
worked. All that I can assume is that the OOo3.3 install deleted it. Seems
REALLY strange to delete a file that you need. During both installs there was
an error message about not finding some entry point into the kernel to set
the Heap Size, but neither time did it stop the install. Could these problems
be related?

BTW, I checked on my wife's computer which only has OOo and it had the dll so
I was able to copy it to my computer and get LO and OOo running again.
Without that I would have been is dire straits.

Has anyone else seen this?



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