Have you ever been anxious and then did something stupid that fed your anxieties even more? Have you ever done EXACTLY the wrong thing? Boy, I did.

When my family went camping in Yellowstone National Park, we were anxious about bears. Grizzlies had harmed other campers that summer, and we did not want to experience bears that way.

Almost all of the other campers in the Park were in hard-sided RVs. And there we were with our tent. Hmm.

So I gave strict instructions to my family about how we should handle food in our campsite: No food in the tent, no food left outside, no food smells on us or our stuff: we’d live by the book in bear country.

They got it. We were oh-so-careful during supper.

Then, while cleaning up afterwards, I tripped and — wait for it — sloshed a whole mess of chicken soup on the ground right next to our tent. OohhhNooo! I had soaked the ground with chicken broth, inches from where we’d be sleeping. “Dad, the bears!!!” I was so annoyed at myself, and my children were so terrified.

Sigh.

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We decided after supper to walk around the campground a bit, so we headed up the road. Every campsite had a trailer, truck, lawn chairs, folks enjoying the nice evening. After going just a little ways up our road, I started to smell something….chicken…fried chicken. Fried chicken?!?

A guy had a propane deep fryer out by his RV and he was cooking up a big batch of chicken. Everybody within 100 yards of his campsite, and every bear within probably three miles, was smelling that chicken. It was a strong smell, a very good smell.

Whew! We were saved! There wouldn’t be any bears interested in my chicken soup that night!

Sure enough, in the wee hours that night, I heard a car alarm go off, and keep going off, for a long time. Did the fried chicken guy hit the panic button on his key fob when a bear showed up? Did a bear try to break into his truck? Or had some other random camper gotten up for something and accidentally tripped his alarm?

Personally, I think a bear was making a late night chicken run.

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QuickBooks 2015 has now been released. What’s new? What’s to like? Here are a few new things that caught my eye.

1. Better Dashboard. It’s called “Insights”, and it is a tab next to the Home Page. I like how it now shows a Net Income trend, and not merely total income and expenses. I asked for this feature in a 2012 blog post. The old “Company Snapshot”, which has graphs in it that “Insights” does not, is still available at Company / Company Snapshot.

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2. Pinned Note for Customers. If you have a bunch of notes for a customer, this new feature allows you to specify which one shows up on the Customer screen. A small improvement, but if your customer notes are important, this helps you see what you want to see on the Customer screen. It keeps you from having to open up the Notes tab and scrolling around.

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3. Comments on Reports. On any report, you can click “Comment on Report”.

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The report will then show a little comment bubble next to each dollar amount. You can click on any of those comment bubbles and add text in a text entry window that will appear at the bottom of the screen. When you save your comment, it will number your comments and show them as footnotes at the bottom of the report. Nice!

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4. Sorting Columns on Forms (Enterprise only). Another small change, but important if you need it. On your input forms, you can click on the column by which you want the line items sorted (in the screenshot below, “DESCRIPTION” has been selected for sort order).

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5. Showing Cost on Sales Transactions (Enterprise only). If you want to show line item costs on your sales entry screens, you can now do so. You click the “Customize Data Layout” button, then the “Columns” tab, and check “Cost”. That will enable a Cost column on your screen, which will automatically be populated.

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Have you tried QuickBooks 2015 yet? What do you think?

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For one reason or another, you may find yourself in a position where QuickBooks needs to be reinstalled:

* QuickBooks won’t start anymore on your computer
* QuickBooks crashes because it can’t load pieces of its own program anymore
* Viruses or malware corrupted the QuickBooks installation on your computer.
* Your hard drive crashed and was replaced with a new hard drive
* You replaced your old QuickBooks computer with a new one

So you need to reinstall. Before you reinstall, however, there are two things you should do first:

Backup.

Theoretically, reinstalling QuickBooks as per below shouldn’t do anything to your existing data. BUT, you can never be too careful, especially before performing system functions. So make a backup or your company data first. If you can’t run QuickBooks to make a backup, then make a copy of your company data with Windows, and copy it somewhere off your hard drive (a cloud drive, a USB drive, etc.) That way, if something goes really wrong with the reinstall steps, at least your data will not be lost.

Uninstall.

If QuickBooks is already installed on your hard drive, you should first uninstall the existing QuickBooks installation before you install the software again.

Where do you do that? There is no uninstall option under your QuickBooks group in your Start List. So you uninstall it through Windows.

(The following shows how to do this with Windows 7. Other versions of Windows may be slightly different.)

Get to your Windows Control Panel. Click on Programs and Features. You will see a list of every program installed on your computer.  Scroll down until you see your QuickBooks program in the list. Double-click it.

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It will bring up the QuickBooks Maintenance Wizard. Click Next. You will see this:

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Select Remove and finish.

QuickBooks will be uninstalled/removed from your computer.

[If your QuickBooks program was too badly damaged for the uninstall to work, then omit that step.]

Install.

Find your original install CD, or if you downloaded your QuickBooks program, the downloaded install file.

If your software is on a CD, insert it in your CD drive and follow the instructions to install it.

If you downloaded your QuickBooks program, then locate and double-click your downloaded QuickBooks install program and follow the prompts.

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[If you don’t know where you downloaded your QuickBooks program to, search your computer for setup_quickbooks to find the download file(s). One way to search (with Windows 7) is to press the Windows key on your keyboard, and then enter setup_quickbooks in the prompt that appears.]

If you don’t have the CD anymore, and/or you can’t find your download install file anymore, click here for links to download install files from Intuit.

At some point in the install process, you’ll be prompted for your product code and license number in order for the install to complete. You should have received those codes with your CD packaging, or if you downloaded QuickBooks, with your download order. If you don’t have the codes, you’ll have to call Intuit to get them.

After your product is installed, you’ll need to register it. Most of the time, you can do that without having to talk to Intuit.

After you’ve uninstalled, reinstalled, and registered QuickBooks, how does it work? Great, hopefully.

If not, here’s one more tool that might help.

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