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On how many computers can I legaly install and activate one MS Office 2010 suite?

Since the new Microsoft Office 2010 is on the market, we always get this questions from customers.

On how many computers can I legally  install and activate a license of my Microsoft Office 2010 version?

Well, to find that out, you need to read all the Microsoft Software License Terms and you need to understand them too.

Here a short and understandable version from a license specialist:

How many licenses /installations do Office Product Key Cards allow (this is what you buy, when you have a preinstalled MS Office on your new computer)?

Every Product Key Card will allow one user to activate one Office 2010 suite on one preloaded PC.

How many licenses /installations are allowed with the traditional Office discs version?

The number of installations is different, depending on the Office suite which was purchased. The disc version of Office Home and Student 2010 allows a user to install one copy of the software on up to three PCs in a single household for non-commercial use.

Office Home and Student 2010 cannot be used for any commercial, non-profit or revenue generating activity or by any governmental organization.

The disc version of Office Home and Business 2010 and Office Professional 2010 allows one user to install one copy on one PC and a second copy on his portable device like a laptop.

Here the link to the official reference from Microsoft:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/office-product-key-card-frequently-asked-questions-HA101847520.aspx

If you have any more questions regarding licensing, contact Phuket Hosting and we will help you to find the right product for you.

How to customize and organize the Windows 7 Libraries

One of the most helpful features of Windows 7 are the libraries, but it is not that easy to organize them proper from the beginning on.

A very helpful How To to organize and customize your Win 7 libraries you can find here on that Geeks web site.

If you like to handle your folders all by yourself and don’t want to use the library functionality, you can simply disable the Windows 7 library function.

If you need professional help with your system or web site, please do not hesitate to contact Phuket Hosting or Lemonsurf Co. Ltd. to make an appointment with one of our professionals to assist you in all your computer, network, web site and hosting needs.

How to convert PDF to Word

The format of Microsoft Word documents is universal, but the Adobe Acrobat PDF file format is even more popular. If you need to convert a PDF file to Word, here some ideas how to do it.

The problem with PDF files is that, unless you own Adobe Acrobat Pro, the tool used to make and edit PDF files, it can appear difficult to get a PDF file into Microsoft Word format so that you can edit it and share it with others in an easily editable format.

It is not that difficult, and you should be able to do it for free. There are free desktop applications that will get the job done for you, which is probably the way to go if you need to do a lot of conversions. Otherwise, if you just need one or even an occasional conversion from PDF to Word, you are probably better off with one of the Web sites that specializes in these conversions.

If you convert regularly, one of the things that you probably want to look for is a desktop tool that will do conversions in batches. One of this tools is Smartsoft’s Free PDF to Word converter. Please note that it is a Windows-only solution, and that the free download is a stripped-down version of their paid programs. Regardless, it does a good job of doing basic conversions of the type you want: PDF to MS Word. Downloading and installing this program is exactly like the download and installation process for any other Windows program.

The tool works on all recent Windows versions and will convert PDF files into either Word 2003 or Word 2007 format, either of which can be read by any Word version after the one that you export to. All in all, it is a very useful conversion program. Use is straightforward.

Just select the files you want to convert, select the desired output format, select a folder in which to put the converted documents, and click on the “Convert” command button. Use Your version of word or OpenOffice Writer to open the converted files and edit the content.

Talking about OpenOffice, check out the AddOns at the developers web site… there is a PDF Addon which makes you able just to drag and drop a PDF file on the OpenOffice symbol on the desktop and after a few minutes (depends on the complexity of the PDF document) it will open in OpenOffice Draw where you can edit the PDF file as you want. This PDF import tool is working nearly perfect. When you are finish with your work, just safe the document with a mouse click back in to a PDF document.

For an online service for just the occasional conversion, the place to go is PDFtoWord.com. The site only allows you to convert one file at a time, but you can convert multiple files serially. The site is easy to use. Click on “Choose File” and select a PDF file from your local file system. Then select which kind of file that you want to export, a .doc file or an .rtf file. Then type in your email address so that the converted file can be sent to you and click on the “Convert” button. The converted file will be emailed to you. Another great file conversion site is Zamzar.com, which converts a huge number of file types, including audio and video, to other file types, and of course does PDF to Word conversions.

As always, if you need any more information or solutions, do not hesitate to contact Phuket Hosting.

Windows 7, quick system analysis

Your computer will not work as intended and it is becoming unstable?

To get an overview on the current status of local hardware resources, processes and response times of the local system, just type the command “perfmon / report” into the search box in the Start Menu.

The tool analyzes the system and after about a minute you get a comprehensive overview of the system state.

How to run a Windows or Linux OS on a Mac OS X

If you want to switch from a PC to a Mac, consider this:

There are lot’s of ways you can virtualize Windows within OS X, and they all work very well.

But how to choose the right one?

There are three virtualization products for Mac, and at their core, they are all very similar. Each creates a virtual machine, which is to say a software implementation of a separate computer.

When you install Windows in a virtual machine, Windows thinks it’s installed on a PC with a generic set of hardware. In fact, the hardware it thinks it’s installed on is a software construct, and any time Windows utilizes what it thinks is a hardware component, its requests are actually being passed through to your Mac’s real hardware.

However! What is going on under the hood is basically similar among the most popular virtualization applications, but the ways they install, run and integrate Windows inside of OS X vary wildly.

Assuming you are ready to take the virtualization challenge, which application should you use?

  • Parallels?
  • VMWare Fusion?
  • Sun VirtualBox?

They are all different, but they have ended up falling out of direct competition… each one is right for a certain kind of user.

Let’s find out which one  is right for you?
Do you…

• …want to run Windows 7 within OS X, and basically nothing else?
• …want to run Windows applications as if they’re part of OS X, visually and behaviorally?
• …think a virtual machine should integrate into OS X almost completely, rather than live
…..inside its own window?
• …want to play 3D games in your virtual machine?

Then Parallels is the right solution!

This is a paid solution, and while it’s a full virtualization suite—you can run Linux and other OS from within OS X as well, it’s the one solution most purely dedicated to making running Windows 7 as seamless as possible. Installation is almost completely hands off, and once you have got it up and running, it can actually be changed to look more like OS X.

This has the dual effect of making the OS look more natural when it’s running in windowed mode (where the OS is isolated to its own window, like an application), and making the so called “Crystal” mode, which lets you run Windows applications as their own windows in OS X, and which integrates Windows menus into Apple’s operating system, such that it’s barely even clear that you’re not running native applications.

Parallels strength is in how thorough it is in trying to make Windows integration seamless. Windows 7’s system wide transparency effects, powered by Aero, work fine out of the box with Parallels.

You can enable OS X’s multi touch touch pad gestures for MacBooks in the OS with a simple options menu; pulling an installation over from a Boot Camp partition is just a matter of walking through a wizard; sharing files and clipboard items between the OS installations is trivially easy.

DirectX support is legitimately good enough to actually run a game without terrible performance degradation.

Parallels cost’s US $80.

Then, in features beyond Windows integration: There are not a whole lot of appliances preconfigured packages that let you install other operating systems, like variations of Linux, as compared to VMWare Fusion, and there are stability issues.

If you’ve got a handful of Windows applications you can’t live without, or if you want to play recent games without booting into a separate partition, Parallels is a option.
Do you…

• …want to experiment with more than Windows
• …need bulletproof performance with Windows
• …want to run Windows and Linux applications as if they are part of OS X?

Then VMWare Fusion is the right solution!

VMWare’s virtualization software is a reliable option no matter what you want to do. The way it integrates Windows into OS X is transparent, but not quite as aesthetically consistent as Parallels.

Gaming performance is not as strong as in Parallels, though 2D rendering like Windows 7’s Aero—runs a bit smoother in Fusion than in any other solution. As with Parallels, Fusion automates the Windows installation process to a degree, and makes importing a Boot Camp installation simple.

VMWare is a very solid virtualisation solution, and for most tasks like cross platform website testing, running Windows versions of Microsoft office, or syncing with a Windows only device like the Zune HD, it will not let you down.

Professionals will find a huge library of preconfigured appliances, so they can try out virtually any operating system they have ever heard of, as long as it’s freely available, with little more than a file download and double click.

VMWare Fusion costs $80.

Do you…

• …need Windows emulation
• …don’t want to pay anything for your virtualization software
• …don’t want to do any serious gaming
• …don’t mind rougher integration of Windows into OS X

Take a look at Sun VirtualBox!

While the other two options before are paid, and not really cheap, VirtualBox is totally free.

This means that, if you have got a spare Windows license, you can install Windows to run within OS X without spending extra money, and without suffering too much of an inconvenience as compared to VMWare or Parallels.

VirtualBox doesn’t have the same level of DirectX support as Parallels or Fusion, so while gaming is theoretically possible, it is probably not worth your time.

There is a “Seamless” mode for minimizing the Windows desktop and running Windows applications as if they are native OS X application’s, but it is neither as seamless nor visually integrated as in Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

But these are minor complaints. If all you want to do is run the normal Windows applications, try virtualization or configure or access some Windows specific peripherals, VirtualBox will get the job done.

It is not looking that nice as its paid competitors, but the point is, we are virtualizing an operating system.

All solutions are by definition going to be less than perfect. VirtualBox will do approximately 80% of what Parallels or VMWare Fusion can do, in terms of running Windows applications or booting into alternative operating systems, at 0% of the cost.
If you need more help and advise in using a virtual solution on a Mac or PC, please do not hesitate to contact us and make an appointment.

Ailurus an application which aims to make Linux easier to use

Ubuntu is a easy and powerful alternative open source operating system.

To make it even easier to use it, there is Ailurus a powerful tool to learn Linux skills, install some software, enable some good third-party repositories and change some desktop (GNOME) settings.

Ailurus is a system enhancement application. It helps to install software which is outside official repository. It helps to add/remove third party repositories, and to change system settings.

If you just installed Ubuntu, you can quickly install the language support, install and change the input method, multi-media codec and Adobe Flash. Just launch Ailurus, then click “Quick setup” menu -> “Quick setup”.

You can install Ailurus by these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ailurus

Or simply follow this instructions on


or http://code.google.com/p/ailurus/

If you need consulting regarding Microsoft alternative software like Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat etc.) feel free to contact us

Windows 7 / Problem Steps Recorder

This feature is interesting for our clients, running Windows 7, with computer problems.

Problem Steps Recorder can record, step by step, what a user is trying to do. It then generates an HTML slideshow of a user’s actions with descriptions of what took place.

This file can then be sent directly to our help desk for viewing.

To try out Problem Steps Recorder, click on the Windows 7 Start button and type in “PSR” in the search field.

How to start Outlook in safe mode

You can start Outlook in safe mode with

hold the CTRL key while clicking on the Outlook icon or

click on Start -> Run and type in outlook /safe