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Help! Installing SideKick 99 on Windows XP Pro

by DanPatrick / July 9, 2004 4:20 AM PDT

I've used SideKick (now SideKick 99) as my calendar/phonebook for many years. I've always been able to install it on each new computer, including my present desktop Athlon/Windows XP Pro system. Just got a new IBM T42 laptop and when install, I get the error message:
Severe
This installation has detected that a previous installation or un-installation requires you to restart your computer.
Obviously, there's no prior installation or un-installation on this new computer. I've even tried to install under the safe mode. Same message. It's important to me that I can use this software, but I'm stumped. Why is the laptop different? Is there some function in Win XP that would allow the installed program to "migrate" from my desktop computer through my network? Is there anything else I can try? Help!
Thanks, Dan

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Re: Help! Installing SideKick 99 on Windows XP Pro
by Cetin Denislam / July 9, 2004 4:34 AM PDT

Try the procedure described in the following page. It's about renaming wininit.ini file.

Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Help! Installing SideKick 99 on Windows XP Pro
by DanPatrick / July 9, 2004 11:33 AM PDT

I looked at the page, which seems to be about installing some USB deal. I'm afraid this is above my level of understanding. But I did look at the SideKick 99 install file with Explorer. It's just one install application, but I did as the instructions page said and tried running as compatible with both Win 98 and Win 2000. Got the same error prompt as before.
I don't understand why it will run on my desktop Win XP Pro computer and not my new Win XP Pro laptop.
This is a disaster for me, but I do appreciate your effort to help. I'm hoping there might be other ideas for a solution. Thanks, Dan

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Re: Help! Installing SideKick 99 on Windows XP Pro
by Cetin Denislam / July 10, 2004 2:56 AM PDT

That page shows that you should rename the wininit.ini file to let's say wininit.old. Did you do that ?


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Help! Installing SideKick 99 on Windows XP Pro
by DanPatrick / July 10, 2004 3:17 PM PDT

In that I'm sort of over my head here, would you tell me the exact steps and order of things that I should do. There was so much on the page that I sort of got lost. Should I do the compatibility deal too? If I rename the wininit file, is a new one generated automatically? Should I later put the first one back? Thanks very much for your help, Dan

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Re: Help! Installing SideKick 99 on Windows XP Pro
by Cetin Denislam / July 11, 2004 2:22 AM PDT

1. Here's a set of instructions for removing the botched installation.


Q221863 -"Error Message: A Previous Program Installation Was Never Completed"

Ignore the fact that it deals with Internet Explorer (it's only an application example). Try the instructions from both windows 98/Me section (the part dealing with points 1-7) and windows NT/2000 section for looking on those registry keys and deleting Temp folder files.

Don't worry about wininit file. It's handled by windows, so no action from your side.

2. After you rename / remove, the above try the Program Compatibility wizard. For details, read:.


Q301911 -"How to use the Program Compatibility Wizard in Windows XP"


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Help! Installing SideKick 99 on Windows XP Pro
by DanPatrick / July 11, 2004 5:45 AM PDT

It worked! You, sir, are a gentleman and (relative to me, anyway) a genius. Renaming the wininit file and restarting was the key. Installed perfectly. I can't tell you how grateful I am that you took the trouble to help. Thanks very much, Dan

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(NT) You are welcome ...
by Cetin Denislam / July 11, 2004 9:14 PM PDT

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sidekick 99
by elynngo / January 29, 2005 6:29 AM PST

Are there any more current programs out there that offer the same ease of use that Sidekick 99 offers? So glad that Dan Patrick asked the question - I've not bought a new laptop as I've been afraid that my Sidekick 99 wouldn't work... Thx

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