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QuickBooks has encountered a problem and needs to close.

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If they keep this up it will apply to the whole company .image

This happened to me after successfully using it in Vista for almost a whole week. It was nigh-on impossible to find a solution to this so I hope Google has been kind to you today and this helps. If not, abuse them. It won’t fix anything but they thoroughly deserve it.

This is (if you’re lucky) an easy fix. It is all about how QuickBooks uses Internet Exploder, sorry – Internet Explorer as its internal browser. QB, apparently, is so shoddily coded that it expects IE’s security to grant permissions for all its hacks. Here’s how to let it do that…

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Go to the Tools Menu
  3. Click Internet Options
  4. Click the Security tab
  5. In the Security level area, click on Custom Level
  6. I set the level to Medium-High (Default)
  7. Click on the Reset button on the bottom right
  8. Click ok on everything on your way out.

I have had QuickBooks working on windows XP, Vista, and even Windows Server 2008 with only the usual level of issues. It also seems to work ok with Internet Exploder 7 & 8 Beta 2. It uses Internet Exploder even if you have another browser set as the default. I use Firefox.

I have also heard reports that you need to turn the User Account Control off in Vista (in the Windows Security Center).

For the technically-minded – the shoddy code in QuickBooks generates an Access Violation Error which is the programming equivalent of a knockback. The implication there is that the program’s approach is also the equivalent of behavior that “had it coming”. When I searched the QuickBooks support (LOL) forum for "Access Violation" I get 9359 responses. I gave up in there before I looked elsewhere for this answer, ironically from a user in their forum. I think they might have big a problem there. If Google brought you here then QuickBooks is still living in denial. Personally I think they spend all of their money on marketing and bugger-all on development or User eXperience testing

I’m not a fan of QuickBooks but it seems like the lesser of many evils at the present time. Just remember – MYOB sucks worse and so does doing it all by hand.

Written by CADbloke

October 24, 2008 at 9:20 am

Windows Vista – Just do it

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I must admit that I was one of the skeptics. I’d heard the horror stories about Vista being balky and there being no drivers or software and all that muck. Well, maybe it had some truth in it then but time, and SP1 seem to have healed those wounds.

I’m happy to report that a recent repaving of my desktop and laptop has been faultless. Everything just worked as it should, right down to a Cardbus digital TV tuner that … just … worked in Media Center. The total number of drivers, including those for two Quadro video cards, that I had to go hunting for was a fat-and-happy zero. Yup, no extra effort effort required.

It could be just me but it seems quicker than XP, particularly on my laptop (a HP NW 9440 2.16 dual core 4GB 7200rpm blahblahblah). Firefox 3.03 sure starts a lot faster on both machines. The SuperDuperPrefetch seems to make quite a difference. It is certainly a nicer user experience.

I had previously run Windows Server 2008 on the laptop. It ran smoothly and most things installed and ran without fuss, notably AutoCAD 2009, QuickBooks (apart from my usual disdain for it), even most of Nokia PC Sync (no Bluetooth – too hard to butcher the installer to get it to run). Zone Alarm told me it wasn’t too happy about running on a server OS but installed and ran suspiciously smoothly, given its past history.

Windows Live Writer Beta wouldn’t install (someone on the WS2008 site has hacked the installer but I’m not keen on putting that sort of thing on a development machine). That was my tipping point. It’s a great tool & I’m using it now (as you can tell by all the fancy multimedia I chucked in). In then end I decided that the Maverick thing (WS2008) would just have to wait another day.

Update! – This post managed to cripple Live Writer Beta (instant crash every time) so I hosed it and installed the release version. I guess it serves me right for installing all those fancy plugins. The bonus was that it didn’t hose this post. Well, a bonus for me, perhaps not for you.

So, there you have it – Vista has a resounding thumbs up from me, which could be about as credible as a Top Gear road test by Tarzan. Nevermind – It’s not scary and it’s not hard – Just Do It.


Written by CADbloke

October 17, 2008 at 8:53 am

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