How to find portable 64-bit VLC builds

You could just use the 32-bit build from the download link, but if you’re reading this that was never an option.

Need 64-bit VLC goodness on a machine you can’t install anything on? Portable VLC to the rescue. Find it by doing the following:

  1. Go to http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest (highest) VLC version number and click the corresponding link.
  3. Click the /win64 folder link. This will expose 64-bit VLC builds in .zip and .7z archives.

How to fix the “Failed to get all licenses needed for this job” error in CD-adapco STAR-CCM+

This troubleshooting post assumes the following:

  • You’re on Windows (8.1+ Pro 64-bit).
  • You’re using STAR-CCM+ 8.06+.
  • STAR-CCM+ is using a locally stored license.dat file.
  • STAR-CCM+ and FlexLM were installed using default settings for file paths, ports, etc.
  • The CDLMD_LICENSE_FILE Environment Variable points to 1999@YourPCHostname.
  • The CD-adapco_License_server service is running.

but you’re still getting the error:

“Failed to get all licenses needed for this job. Asked for 1 licenses of ccmpsuite”

when trying to start a new simulation.

The “ccmpsuite” part of the error message is important, because it tells you the type of license you requested but failed to get. Ergo, you’ll need to take a look at your license file to see what kind of license you have in the first place.

  1. Open C:\Users\YourUsername\license.dat in any text editor.
  2. CTRL + F the file for “ccmp.” More than likely you’ll find the only result is a reference to “ccmppower” and not “ccmpsuite.” This means you have a Power Session license.
  3. Return to STAR-CCM+ and open the new simulation menu again.
  4. Under License, check Power Session as shown below:
  5. Click OK. You should be greeted with a successful new simulation creation output:

    New simulation success!
    New simulation success!

How to change 32-bit Office Professional Plus 2013 to 64-bit

Yes, Microsoft recommends against 64-bit Office. No, they don't know what they're talking about ;)
Yes, Microsoft recommends against 64-bit Office. But true enthusiasts will always choose it.

There are variety of ways to end up needing the above, but the primary one is being a victim of Microsoft’s Home Use Program (HUP), which may not provide links to 64-bit Office Professional Plus 2013 (hereafter referred to as Office) in order confirmation emails. And if for some reason you don’t have access to your program code or the email you used for HUP, there’s no way to log in to your HUP account to download a different build anyway. Fortunately there’s a workaround for that:

  1. If you’ve already installed 32-bit Office, uninstall it
  2. Reboot the PC
  3. Download 64-bit Office from the TechNet Evaluation Center (you may need to change the downloaded file’s extension from .img to .zip if Windows fails to mount it)
  4. Install Office from the downloaded file
  5. Launch any Office 2013 app
  6. Activate 64-bit Office using the same product key you were given for 32-bit Office (e.g. the one in your HUP order confirmation email) when prompted

The above method also works for Microsoft Project Professional 2013. All your settings, user accounts, etc. should carry over from 32-bit to 64-bit.

Yes, you can run VLC 32-bit & 64-bit builds side by side

32 + 64
32 + 64 = 96. Just kidding, that’s not how this works. At all.

Discovered the above just now after installing VLC 2.10 x64 while having already installed the 32-bit 2.0.8 build. This means you can switch between the 2 without worry.