A Windows Installation Runs Rough

Here’s a great error message from Microsoft. It happened during an upgrade to ActiveSync 4.2 from version 3.8. Version 4.2 is required to update an Audiovox VX6600 SmartPhone. The phone’s ringer is so quiet, you can’t even use it as a phone (I only used it for Internet). Anyway … here is the error:

Error. Could not write value CLSID to key\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\{2EAF5BB1-070F-11D3-9307-00C04FAE2D4F}. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.
Abort, Retry, or Ignore

Did you understand that? And why was this happening? Because Webroot SpySweeper was blocking the installation for security reasons, but the alert window was not making it to the front of the screen. Clicking on the SpySweeper tab in the Windows Task Bar brought up the alert, and when permission was granted, everything installed smoothly … Oops, except for one other goofy message …

The application failed to initialize because Windows is shutting down.

Who designs this nonsense? If you’re going to bother to post an alert, why don’t you write what application is failing to initialize. Turns out the message didn’t describe anything that had any impact.

Bottomline on the upgrade? Yes the ringer is louder on the phone. But the built-in Microsoft Explorer that is included is still not satisfactory. It crashes on some complicated HTML pages and doesn’t show some stuff, like weatherundergound’s gizmo thermometer graphics. Windoows Media 10 now plays mp3’s and WMV files …  and seems to do a pretty good job.

More information on the Verizon Wireless update is here: