|Windows XP and PC Problem Solving|
The first item seems to be fairly common when some item of software or web page over-writes some registry settings and you end up with no system sounds or sound from streaming video clips on web pages. A lot of registry patches failed to work when this happened to me, but this option worked fine
Choose Start > Control Panel and double click Add hardware, then click
Choose Add a new hardware device at the bottom of the list and click Next.
Select "Sound, video and game controllers" from "Common
hardware types" list and click Next.
Click Browse in the "Install From Disk" dialog box and open
the folder C:\Windows\System32
5.Scroll down the list and select "Microsoft Audio Compression Manager" click next
Installer will not work under Safe Mode, this means that programs cannot
be installed or uninstalled in safe mode without giving a specific command
using msiexec in command prompt.
Safe Mode (Without Networking)
This will start the Windows Installer Service.
networking use the following
will start the Windows Installer Service.
If you have issues installing Office 2007 which results in the installer halting with the message "The windows installer service cannot update one or more protected windows" the cause is simply down to one missing DLL file. the fix is quite simple and seems to work for a lot of people (including me)
1. From Windows install disk, or c:\i386 that may have been set up in an OEM install, open (Double click) on the FP40EXT.CAB file. It should open.
2. find fp4ault.dll in the list
3. double click and select extract to c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\40\bin
4. Restart the 2007 office install