LIVE messenger on windows xp x64 or windows server 2003

Strangely enough microsoft decided that windows xp x64 and windows server 2003 shouldn't support LIVE messenger, even though the program runs just fine.

When you try to install LIVE messenger 8.5 you get the message that your operating system is not supported.

Do not despair.

Just download an old version of LIVE messenger from e.g., and install that version.

When you sign on the first time, messenger says that there is a new version availablem, and ask if you want to upgrade to that version.

Just click yes, and it will download the new version, install it without complaning a bit.

Thats how you get LIVE messenger 8.5 on xp x64 and server 2003.

Enable MSDTC network access

I was developing a database layer using TransactionScope in .Net 2.0, and when opening the second connection I got the following error:

The partner transaction manager has disabled its support for remote/network transactions

This means that you need to enable network access on both the server/client that is running the application, but also on the database server(s) that you are connecting to. To do this you need to do:

First verify the "Distributed Transaction Coordinator" Service is
running on both database server computer and client computers
1.      Go to "Administrative Tools > Services"
2.      Turn on the "Distributed Transaction Coordinator" Service if it is not running

If it is running and client application is not on the same computer as
the database server, on the computer running database server
1.      Go to "Administrative Tools > Component Services"
2.      On the left navigation tree, go to "Component Services > Computers > My Computer"
3.      Right click on "My Computer", select "Properties"
4.      Select "MSDTC" tab
5.      Click "Security Configuration"
6.      Make sure you check "Network DTC Access", "Allow Remote Client", "Allow Inbound/Outbound", "Enable TIP"
7.      The service will restart
8.      You might have to restart the computer(s)

Disable the shutdown event tracker of windows 2003

Some of use are using windows 2003 as a desktop OS because its more near to the real use when developing applications, websites etc.

So when faced with the inevitable box that asks for a reason as to how we want to shut down or restart our computer, a man just have to act.

Luckily there is help to be had. There is a Group policy that controls wether or not the pesky question should be asked or not.

Simply start the Group Policy editor, by Clicking on the Start button, selecting Run, entering gpedit.msc and press enter.

This will yield the UI for the Group poilicy editor.

Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System and in the right hand pane, select the “Display Shutdown Event Tracker” setting.

Right click on the setting and select properties, and set the radio button as shown below to Disabled.

When you have done this and waited a few moments, your Shut down windows dialog box should look much nicer :)