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McAfee Security Center Won't Stay the **** Out of My Computer

McAfee's suite of antivirus services have come pre-installed on Windows computers for a long time. I can't speak to how efficient or not efficient their antivirus is, because I have not used it in any real capacity for any length of time. What I have done is struggle to completely remove all of the components of their software package when I want to keep the version of Windows that came with the computers I purchased. I recently picked up a new laptop with Windows 8.1 - my first time using this version of Windows for a laptop. I was dismayed to find McAffee pre-installed, as I knew it meant having to waste time getting rid of it. I will say this for them - they have gotten better since the last time I went through this many years ago. Better, as in uninstalling using the utility provided by McAfee did not break vital parts of the Windows operating system. Great would be if the uninstaller actually removed all of McAffee's software from the computer. Good would be if the

Error 0x84B30002 When Uninstalling MSSQL 2008 R2

Have you encountered error 0x84B30002 when uninstalling MSSQL 2008 R2, preventing the uninstall from proceeding? I have. So far I have only encountered the issue with Express Edition, although rumor has it that the error can occur with other editions as well. The error message will be displayed in a pop-up as well as the summary.txt log file in the installation directory. Here is how to fix it: Launch the registry editor by typing regedit in the Run bar in the start menu. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ After expanding uninstall, you will need to locate each key related to the SQL instance you are attempting to remove - if there is only one instance on the server, locate each key with the word SQL in the DisplayName field.  Within each key, locate the GUID. It will look something like this:  234A1B2C-12AB-1AB2-B1C2-A12B345678C1   and be typically contained in either the ModifyPath or Uninstall