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Chicago Area Home Remodeling

Qualified Remodeler Magazine Features our Chicago Area Home Remodeling Project

Our top-to-bottom award-winning Chicago area home remodeling project was profiled in Qualified Remodeler magazine, one of the leading national trade publications for the remodeling industry. Take a peek inside this striking transformation.

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Kitchen Remodel: Achieving Longevity through a Phenomenal Transformation

Five tips to ensure your kitchen remodel is done with top quality that stands the test of time.

I recently read that the lifespan of the average house is 100 years or longer. Within this 100-year-average, there are many designs, materials and products that vary in terms of a lifespan. For example, a typical asphalt shingle roof may last 25 years but the structural steel to hold up the house NEEDS to last for the entire lifespan.  Continue reading

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What’s the Difference between Architects and Interior Designers?

I field several questions from clients about the difference between architects and interior designers. When I’m in a discussion about plans to build their new custom home or renovate their existing home, this topic tends to surface to the top – and for good reason. Homeowners want to make sure their project is built or remodeled as efficiently as possible, and that means assembling the right design/build team from the very beginning.

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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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