Meet Chris Donatelli, President

chris-donatelliEver since he can remember, Chris Donatelli has always wanted to build things. While other kids were shagging down fly balls, Chris could be found tagging along with his father learning basic carpentry skills. Shortly after high school in 1985, he started working full-time in the Old Town area of Chicago converting a landmark church into luxury residential rentals. Chris also spent several years with carpentry framing crews, where he learned critical skills while completing over 200 new construction projects. This diverse, first-hand experience taught Chris the value of surrounding himself with talented architects, designers and vendors to ensure the low-risk and high-quality delivery of every project. To schedule a complimentary home consultation with Chris, click here!

Donatelli Builders

To prepare himself for the various complexities of managing a home construction business, Chris took classes in general real estate and advanced investment analysis from his local community college. He struck out on his own in 1989 when his father was transitioning out of the industry. For the first several years, Donatelli Builders took on all types of remodeling work- large or small. At the age of 23, Chris purchased his first two-flat in the Lakeview neighborhood and converted it into a three-level single family residence as a development project.

In 1995, Chris expanded the reach of Donatelli Builders into new-home construction, developing several lots with custom homes for resale. Since that time, the company has completed numerous custom-built new home construction and upscale renovation projects.

National Recognition

Through it all, Chris has collected an abundance of home building and remodeling knowledge and expertise. As a testament, Chris has won a number of prestigious national awards over the years, including:

  • Three “2013 Chrysalis Awards,” including National Winner for Residential Exterior over $100,000, Regional Winner for Whole-House Remodel, and Regional Winner for Residential Specialty Item.
  • A “Dream Home Award” in the best whole-house remodel category from Qualified Remodeler Magazine
  • Two “Master Design Awards,” including a gold medal in the room remodel category and a silver medal in the sunroom/conservatory category from Qualified Remodeler Magazine
  • A gold medal award in the home automation category from Constructech Magazine’s “Vision Awards”

The consumer and trade press often rely on Chris’ expertise, frequently quoting him. The company has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, Homes & Land of Chicago’s Western Suburbs, West Suburban Living, The Glancer, Qualified Remodeler Magazine, Constructech Magazine, OldHouseWeb.com and LowesForPros.com, to name a few.

Recognized by architects, clients and vendors alike as a consummate professional, Chris Donatelli brings an innovative approach to custom home building, renovation and remodeling. As president of Donatelli Builders, Chris and his team of hand-picked tradespersons embrace each project with the meticulous attention to detail that the luxury and upper-middle home market demands.

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Changing the product key for Microsoft Office applications without reinstalling

The notebook PC that I use for work has Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 installed. Office Enterprise includes most of the applications that I need but not Visio, so I also have Microsoft Office Visio 2007.

The 2007 office products can be used a certain number of times before activation is required and, unfortunately, when I tried to activate my copy of Visio I found that the product key had been used too many times and activation failed (the Office Enterprise key was fine). After watching the number of trial uses of the product slowly decrement, I needed to change the product key, but didn’t want to have to re-install Visio.

Microsoft knowledge base article 895456 provides details for changing the product key for the 2007 Office system (as well as other releases).

It’s important to note that:

  • For a 64-bit version of Windows, the registry location to edit will be HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\version\Registration rather than HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\version\Registration.
  • If multiple Office products are installed, multiple GUIDs will appear in the registry – the important entry to look at will be the ProductName – in my case one GUID had a ProductName of Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 and the other had a ProductName of Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007.

Once the correct GUID had been tracked down and the associated DigitalProductID and ProductID entries removed, I fired up Visio, entered a different product key and successfully activated the software.

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