Monday, November 30, 2009

What I did for vacation

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, many people are focused back on work and getting the best deals for the upcoming holiday season. Just before the start of the Thanksgiving holidays’ I had the pleasure of receiving a rather nice gift from Sage, the company that makes the Peachtree Accounting product. I would like to take time out to thank Gia Robinson over at Peachtree for sending me a copy of their Quantum Accountants’ software so that I could make the transition to their product from Microsoft’s Office Accounting. The Peachtree Quantum Accountants Edition is one of the most robust accounting software packages on the market so I was excited about loading it and learning my way around it.

My excitement was quickly changed into frustration since it took me all last week to get the software loaded (finally completed early this am). There were quite a few things that I had to do before I got the software to load and here are some of the problems (with error codes) and solutions that were provided by the Peachtree Users Group on LinkedIn, Peachtree Community, and Microsoft Support.

Error 1628 – This error is caused when the install is interrupted and does not complete. This was the easiest error to fix since the only solution was patience. The installation of Quantum took almost four hours for me so when it appears that the installation is hung, be patient and let it continue to run.

Error 1639 – This error was caused by an invalid command line argument that dealt with a Microsoft Installer problem. The fix for this error was to go to the Microsoft site and download the most recent version of Microsoft Windows Installer. Be sure to download the right version for your operating system.

Operating system issues seemed to have been causing the most problems. My computer was initially updated with Windows Vista SP2 and that proved to be a problem so I downgraded back to Vista SP1. I also had problems with deleting the prior partial installs so I also used Windows Installer Cleanup utility and Revo Uninstaller to clean up the leftover files and registry. There was also a particular file that Revo and Cleanup did not delete and that was an INI file located in C:/Windows that had to be deleted before another install could be completed. After all this was done and I was patient with the clean install, Quantum was finally loaded.

Now I guess I can spend the rest of the day going thru the training CD.

Thanks to all the help I received from Microsoft (Thinesh and Pressanna) and everyone on the LinkedIn Peachtree users group, and Peachtree Community for all your assistance even during the holidays.

B. N. S.

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