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Archive for August 3rd, 2015

Windows security updates breaking old software: to upgrade or not (that is not really a question).

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/03

Windows Security updates sometimes break old software.

In this case it was an older InstallShield version (not even sure it was 2012), breaking with this message when security updates like KB2949927,  KB3004394 or KB3033929 are installed:

ISDEV : error -6003: An error occurred streaming ‘<path>\DiskImages\DISK1\<filename>.isc’ into setup.exe.

An earlier security update KB2962872 even crashed InstallShield 2012 and 2013 during startup.

It raises the issue if security updates are more important than upgrading your tool-chain. For less flexible organisations (not limited to large ones; small ones can be just as inflexible for instance when an upgrade also requires time or skills to be acquired) this can impose a serious problem.

Where Windows XP let you choose which updates to install and when, Windows 7 and 8 became more mandatory (installing security updates automatically even rebooting). Rumour was that Window 10 does not even let you uninstall security updates any more, but that has feature has been removed.




Posted in Development, Install Shield, Installer-Development, Software Development | 4 Comments »

Excel: replace function is named SUBSTITUTE – via: Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/03

Thanks DarkAjax for answering this:

what you’re looking for is


Will substitute Author for Authoring without messing with everything else.

I always forget that SUBSTITUTE is a synonym for replace.

There are REPLACE and REPLACEB, but these replace content of a cell, not of a string.


via Excel: replace part of cell’s string value – Stack Overflow.

Posted in Excel, Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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