Error 2502 and 2503 Fix

Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling: Well, if you are getting error 2502/2503 internal error when trying to install a new program or uninstalling an existing program then you are at the right place as today we are going to discuss how to resolve this error. The error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling a program seems to be caused because of permissions issue with the Temp folder of Windows which can be usually found in C:\Windows\Temp.

Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling a program

These are the error you may encounter while installing or uninstalling a program:

  • The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2503.
  • The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2502.
  • Called RunScript when not marked in progress
  • Called InstallFinalize when no install in progress.

Internal Error 2503

While the issue is not limited to this cause as sometimes virus or malware, incorrect registry, corrupt Windows Installer, incompatible 3rd party programs etc can also cause the error 2502/2503. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling a program in Windows 10 with the help of below-listed troubleshooting guide.

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Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Pro Tip: Try to run the application by right-clicking and then select Run as Administrator.

Method 1: Re-register Windows Installer

1.Press Windows Key + R then type the following and hit Enter: msiexec / unreg

Unregister Windows Installer

2.Now again open the run dialog box and type msiexec / regserver and hit Enter.

Reregister Windows Installer Service

3.This would re-register the Windows Installer. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 2: Run CCleaner and Malwarebytes

Perform a Full antivirus scan to make sure your computer is secure. In addition to this run CCleaner and Malwarebytes Anti-malware.

1.Download and install CCleaner & Malwarebytes.

2.Run Malwarebytes and let it scan your system for harmful files.

3.If malware is found it will automatically remove them.

4.Now run CCleaner and in the “Cleaner” section, under the Windows tab, we suggest checking the following selections to be cleaned:

ccleaner cleaner settings

5.Once you’ve made certain the proper points are checked, simply click Run Cleaner, and let CCleaner run its course.

6.To clean your system further select the Registry tab and ensure the following are checked:

registry cleaner

7.Select Scan for Issue and allow CCleaner to scan, then click Fix Selected Issues.

8.When CCleaner asks “Do you want backup changes to the registry?” select Yes.

9.Once your backup has completed, select Fix All Selected Issues.

10.Restart your PC to save changes and this should Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling a program.

Method 3: Run Installer with Admin rights using Command Prompt

1.Open File Explorer then click View > Options and make sure to check “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers.” Again in the same window uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

show hidden files and operating system files

2.Click Apply followed by OK.

3.Press Windows Key + R then type the following and press Enter:

C:\Windows\Installer

4.Right click in an empty area and select View > Details.

Right click then select View and click on Details

5.Now right click on the column bar where Name, Type, Size etc is written and select More.

Right-click on the column and select More

6.From the list check mark subject and click OK.

From the list select Subject and click OK

7.Now find the correct program which you want to install from the list.

find the correct program which you want to install from the list

8.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

9.Now type the following and hit Enter:

C:\Windows\Installer\Program.msi

This would run the installer with administrative rights and you would not face the Error 2502

Note: Instead of the program.msi type the name of the .msi file causing the problem and if the file is located in Temp folder then you would type it’s path and press Enter.

10.This would run the installer with administrative rights and you would not face the Error 2502/2503.

11.Reboot your PC to save changes and this should Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling a program.

Method 4: Run Explorer.exe with administrative privileges

1.Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together to open Task Manager.

2.Find Explorer.exe then right-click on it and select End Task.

right click on Windows Explorer and select End Task

3.Now click on File > Run new task and type Explorer.exe.

click File then Run new task in Task Manager

4.Check mark Create this task with administrative privileges and click OK.

Type exlorer.exe then Check mark Create this task with administrative privileges

5.Again try to install/uninstall the program which was earlier giving the error 2502 and 2503.

Method 5: Set correct permissions for Windows Installer Folder

1.Open File Explorer then click View > Options and make sure to check “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers.” Again in the same window uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

show hidden files and operating system files

2.Click Apply followed by OK.

3.Now navigate to the following path: C:\Windows

4.Look for Installer folder then right-click on it and select Properties.

5.Switch to Security tab and click Edit under Permissions.

Switch to Security tab and click Edit under Permissions

6.Next, make sure Full Control is checked for System and Administrators.

Make sure Full Control is checked for both System and Administrators

7.If not then select them one by one under group or user names then under permissions check mark Full Control.

8.Click Apply followed by OK.

9.Reboot your PC to save changes.

This should Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling a program but if you’re still stuck then follow the steps listed under method 6 for Windows Installer folder also.

Method 6: Set Correct Permissions for Temp Folder

1.Navigate to the following folder in File Explorer: C:\Windows\Temp

2.Right-click on Temp folder and select Properties.

3.Switch to Security tab and then click Advanced.

click Advanced options in security tab

4.Click Add button and the Permission Entry window will appear.

5.Now click “Select a principal” and type in your user account.

click select a principal in advanced security settings of packages

6.If you don’t know your user account name then click Advanced.

select user or a group advanced

7.In the new window that opens click Find now.

Click Find Now on the right-hand side and select the username then click OK

8.Select your user account from the list and then click OK.

9.Optionally, to change the owner of all sub folders and files inside the folder, select the check box “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” in the Advanced Security Settings window. Click OK to change the ownership.

Replace owner on subcontainers and objects

10.Now you need to provide full access to the file or folder for your account. Right-click the file or folder again, click Properties, click the Security tab and then click Advanced.

11.Click the Add button. The “Permission Entry” window will appear on the screen.

Add to change user control

12.Click “Select a principal” and select your account.

select a principle

13.Set permissions to “Full control” and Click OK.

Allow full control in permission for the selected principal

14.Repeat the above steps for the built-in Administrators group.

15.Reboot your PC to save changes.

That’s it you have successfully Fix Error 2502 and 2503 while installing or uninstalling a program in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

Learn to code (or do anything): top down, bottom up and other approaches

Learning to code is hard. Software engineering, the field we most commonly refer to when talking about ‘learning to code’, is based upon a foundation of computer science and applied mathematics. And while it is true that you don’t need to be a mathematician or a computer scientist in order to be a software engineer, the another truth is that learning even basic programming concepts is hard for most people. In this article we will explore a little bit of learning theory, and how we can apply it to those just getting started with learning how to code. I’ll lay out some of the advantages and disadvantages of concepts like the bottom up versus top down approaches to learning, as well as some alternatives that are worth considering. This content is aimed at newer programmers, but these concepts are applicable to anyone who is interested in learning more effectively, even if the topic isn’t programming.

I’ve been a professional programmer for over 7 years, and I started messing around with code way earlier. If there’s one thing that I can say confidently about this profession, it’s that the learning never stops, and it never gets any easier. Every time you master a difficult concept, you can be sure that another one is right around the corner. I spent a lot of my time early on reading obsessively about programming topics, mostly in the form of what shiny new framework was better than the old solution to the problem. I read about topics like whether or not I should use jQuery or MooTools for my next website project. Frequently felt way out of my depth, like there was no way I could possibly understand any significant part of the web development ecosystem (and this was before the explosion of front-end solutions). Thankfully for you, people like me exist, with just enough perspective to help you steer clear of pitfalls and time sinks that won’t help you effectively level up as a programmer.

So let’s dive right into it.

The concepts of top down and bottom up processing have been applied to a number of disciplines, but the one we’re most interested in is how top down and bottom up can be applied to learning. The general definition of top down learning is a process that immerses the learner in the full context of the subject matter. Put another way: if you were someone who was interested in learning how to swim, and I was someone interested in employing the top down method, I’d throw you in to the pool. Conversely, the bottom up approach involves a process that is much more granular and theoretical. A bottom up approach to learning involves exposing the learner to the fundamental concepts of a subject matter in isolation. A bottom up approach to learning to swim would involve learning about fluid dynamics, anatomy and physics, but would not involve a pool.

The bottom up process of learning/teaching involves exposure to only the component parts of a particular subject matter, and slowly builds upon those components towards the whole. Learners using this approach only move on to the next component once the previous, prerequisite components have been mastered. For the most part, traditional public education (at least in the US) employs this approach.

The bottom up approach enjoys a number of advantages. What I consider primary among them is that the learner is able to acquire a complete understanding of the subject, as long as they take the time to master each component part. Bottom up is also easy to structure: breaking a problem down into small, coherent fragments lends itself to organization. A teacher planning a bottom up approach to a curriculum already has to organize their material into small topics. In the world of programming, understanding a significant portion of any language, framework, or tooling is a long and difficult process. When learning a new language, a bottom up approach is useful for learners that need to understand a concept at a high level in order to feel confident about moving on to another concept. For example, learning the basics of JavaScript using a bottom up approach might involve learning about primitive values like Numbers, Strings, Booleans, Arrays, and null/undefined, then moving on to Objects and Functions, before finally moving on to scoping and control flow. Ideally each concept would build on top of the previous concepts to create a nice progression.

The most obvious disadvantage to the bottom up approach is that a learner employing this method will lack any sort of useful context about the concepts they are learning about. This isolation leads to an inability to apply the learned concepts in any kind of meaningful way. If we return to the swimming example for a moment, it seems like common sense that no matter how much you learn about fluid dynamics, anatomy, and physics, if you never actually try to swim, then it follows that you won’t ever really be a good swimmer. This is also why you’ll almost never see any type of (good) modern programming resource that doesn’t include at least some type of practical portion.

Top down

A top down approach to learning embraces a macro-oriented, practical process that has the learner immersed in the subject matter. The priority for a top down approach is to provide a wider perspective of a problem or subject area, without necessarily going into detail about how specific components work together. A great example of top down learning applied to programming would be a situation where a new developer was given a project they needed to complete using an unfamiliar language or toolset. Instead of relying on a progression of mastery of isolated components, a top down approach instead lets the learner understand the individual parts by exploring and experimenting.

Advantages of top down

A top down approach to learning is particularly advantageous for some programming students because getting a chance to see how everything is working together is exciting. Personally, my interest in programming was sparked and maintained by resources that let me implement my own complete, (mostly) working projects. Initially this was messing around with making command line quizzes and adding functionality to games via scripts, but the common denominator here is that I probably wouldn’t have even bothered if the only way to learn was one step at a time. Besides providing an incentive to learn, a top down approach is practical. For many learners, the goal is to learn only what’s necessary to understand or implement a very specific concept. In this situation, a bottom up process would be overkill, and possibly even a waste of time.

Disadvantages of top down

Top down learning also comes with disadvantages. Generally, top down learning leaves the details to the student, which many times can result in a patchy understanding of a concept. Learners may grasp enough to just “get it to work”, with no motivation or clear path to understanding how the foundational components are working together. When I was writing my first command line quizzes, I had no understanding of the differences between primitive values like Strings and Numbers, so I was quite perplexed when statements like 1 + "1" resulted in 11.

Although both the top down and bottom up approaches have their own merits, I believe that like many things, a simple dichotomy doesn’t represent all of the viable options. It’s a little cliché to say, but I really do think the best approach lies somewhere in the middle.

In my experience, there are two types of situations that almost never work out when trying to learn a new programming concept:

Some of you have probably already been here. You get excited to learn about the latest and greatest in Single Page Apps/Machine Learning/Augmented Reality/Blockchain Game Development, so you dive right in to a 32-part YouTube series on how to build your own. By video 4, you’ve entered territory you didn’t even know existed, and convinced yourself you must be the worst developer ever. This is not a productive way to learn, and it showcases some of the nasty downsides of a top down process. Put another way, sometimes total immersion and full context can be overwhelming.

In my experience, ‘the lengthy tutorial’ almost always leads to the other of the two bad learning situations: the comprehensive resource. After you’ve convinced yourself that you don’t know enough to make your great new idea, the only feasible solution is to find the most comprehensive resource available on the subject, and try and slog through it in order to better understand the subject and ultimately build your Single Page App/Machine Learning Algorithm/Augmented Reality Thing/Blockchain Game. However, the comprehensive resource isn’t exciting, and so after the first few chapters you put it down and then never again revisit the subject. This is a great example of how bottom up learning can let you down. Simply put, sometimes the regimented, step-by-step process can be a boring way to learn things.

Build small things every day

I think the solution comes in two parts. First, learning a new programming concept should involve coming up with the smallest possible practical application of that concept. For a developer trying to learn a new language, this might be a command line ‘choose your own adventure’, or an implementation of a simple game in the browser. Once you have a small, achievable goal in mind, learn the bare minimum of what you need to in order to implement that application, but work to master those concepts. If I’m building a ‘choose your own adventure’, then I’ll probably really need to dig in to standard inputs, standard outputs, and simple control flow in the language I’m learning. Ideally, these types of small projects will be something you can complete in a day. That way, you never struggle for too long on a concept, and you continually will incentivize yourself to come up with new projects by the small successes you make on a shorter timeline.

Wrapping up

In this article, we explored the concepts of the top down and bottom up approaches to learning/teaching. We also touched on the idea of building small things frequently, in order to navigate around the pitfalls of high complexity and boredom to keep you excited about learning new things.

If you found this article helpful, please consider sharing it with others. If you didn’t, I’d love to know why, and maybe hear your thoughts on what other processes should be considered when learning on your own.

Austin Tindle

Build a simple chat app with node.js and socket.io

To develop a real chat application, we have to put in place a real-time system of sending/receiving data. It will be impossible to do it with a relational database and Ajax calls. Thank’s to WebSocket and the library socket.io, it becomes easy.

You can follow this tutorial with my repo Github: https://github.com/ngrt/simpleChatApp

Technical stack

Here is the technical stack that you are using for this app :

WebSockets and socket.io

WebSockets is a protocol that allows a bilateral synchronous exchange between a client and a server.

In the classic web, a client requests to a server and a server responds sending it back the data. This system is impossible for a chat app.

In WebSockets, the server can send data to the client, but the client can too ! A WebSocket is a kind of communication pipe opened in two directions.

Socket.io is a library based on this protocol to make the use of WebSockets easier.

The Javascript mafia

Node.js is a Javascript back-end technology executed by the server as PHP, Ruby or Python. JavaScript uses events. Node.js keeps this particularity so it is easy to make asynchronous code.

Node.js comes with its own package manager: npm. It becomes easy to install, update, delete packages.

In this tutorial, we are going to use express.js. It’s a micro web framework based on node.js.

Set up of the development environnement

First of all, we need to configure our development environment.

The first thing to do is to start npm, our packages manager. To do so, open a new terminal, create a new repository which will contain our project, go in it and initialize npm:

$ mkdir createSimpleApp
$ cd createSimpleApp
$ npm init

npm will ask you for several information. If you want to skip that, press enter until the end. Now if you look at your project, we will find a new file : package.json. This file is listing all your dependencies.

So now, we are ready to install the packages needed to develop our chat app! We are going to need these packages:

  • express: the micro web application framework for node.js
  • Nodemon: a package that will detect any changes and restart our server. We will use it instead of the classic node command.
  • ejs: a template engine to simplify the production of HTML
  • socket.io: the famous package than manage WebSockets

To install them on our environment, it is super easy:

$ npm install --save package_name

I let you do the work for our 4 packages.

In your package.json, you could add this line into your scripts key:

“start”: “nodemon app”

With this line, you will be able to launch your app only with one commande using nodemon:

$ npm run start

Our environment is set up, we are ready to develop our application.

The chat app

Architecture of the app

First of all, we have to separate to part in the development of an application: the client part and the server part. We will have to develop the two parts to make our application up and running.

The server will be handled by node.js to make all the engineering (launch the packages and the website). This code will not be seen by the client.

The client part will be loaded on the computer of the client. He will have direct access to the files (html/css and js).

Server side:

We have to create the file app.js that will launch our server and all the packages.

This bunch of code is actually initializing our express app. If you go to http://localhost:3000, you will see a gentle message.

Now we just need to configure socket.io to be ready to deep dive into the WebSocket world.

Here, the io object will give us access to the socket.io library. io object is now listening to each connection to our app. Each time a new user is connecting, it will print out “New user connected” in our console.

If you try to reload our browser on localhost, nothing happened… Why ? Because our client side is not yet ready.

For the moment socket.io is only installed on the server part. Next, we will do the same work on the client side.

Client side

We just have to change a line in our app.js. In fact, we don’t want to display a « Hello world » message, but a really window with a chat box, inputs to write username/message and a send button. To do that we have to render an html file (which will be in our case an ejs file) when accessing the “/” root.

So you need to apply the render method to the res object.

In the other side, you will have to create a views folder, with an index.ejs file in it. The css will be in a public folder:

Our localhost:3000 will look like this :

So now that we have our basic template, we have to « install » socket.io on each client which will attempt to connect to our server. To do that, we have to import the socket.io library on the client side:

<script src=”https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/socket.io/2.0.4/socket.io.js"></script>

The only way to work with socket.io is in a .js file. So at the end of your body add these lines:

<script src=”http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js"></script>
<script src=”chat.js”></script>

And create a chat.js file in the public folder.

For the moment, just write this in it :

As you probably guessed, when the client will load this file, it will automatically connect and so create a new socket.

So when you refresh the page, we will see « New user connected » in your terminal.

Send and receive data

Username

When a user connects to our application, we will set him/her a default username, for example “anonymous”. To do that we have to go on the server side (app.js) and add a key to the socket. Actually, socket represent each client connected to our server.

We also will listen to any call made in « change_username ». If a message is sent to this event, the username will be changed.

On the client side, the goal is to do the opposite. Each time the button change username is clicked, the client will send an event with the new value.

Message

For the messages, it is the same principle!

chat.js:

app.js:

For the new_message event, you can see that we call the sockets property of io. It represents all the sockets connected. So this line will actually send a message to all the sockets. We want that to show a message sent by a user to all (and itself included).

Here is the final result of our chat app:

Little improvement

We can add a quick improvement to make our application more realistic. We will add the « XXX is typing… » message.

To do so, it is very easy.

After adding an HTML element in our index.ejs, we just add a jQuery event listener on typing and send a socket event named typing.

On the other side, we listen to typing and we broadcast a message. Broadcasting means sending a message to everyone else except for the socket that starts it.

Conclusion

See, this application is really easy to code. Before knowing the existence of WebSockets and socket.io, I thought this kind of application was really hard to code !

To improve this app, here is a list of functionalities to add:

  • A registration system with the possibility to chat in a one-to-one chatroom
  • History of all the conversations
  • Online/offline labels
  • Copy every features of WhatsApp !

Noufel Gouirhate

Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Upgrade Storage Warning

 

Microsoft program manager Jesse Rajwan confirmed in a blog post, that the company is taking measures to ensure Windows 10 computers will always be able to upgrade automatically. And you might not like it.

Microsoft is introducing ‘Reserved Storage’ with Windows 10 Build 1903. This will consume a lump of storage from your hard drive which “cannot be removed from the OS” and ensures your computer can receive the latest upgrade.

Rajwan says the typical amount taken from Windows 10 users’ hard drives will be 7GB: “This will enable most PCs to download and install an update without having to free up any of your disk space, even when you have minimal free disk space.”

All of which would be good news, except Windows 10 updates have been a dangerous mess for some time.

What’s more, it’s hard to see how Reserved Storage helps. Those with fast, modern PCs will always have more than enough storage space to never need it and those with older, slower PCs with very limited disk space will a) not want to give up 7GB, and b) be those most cautious about giving Windows 10 new ways to update itself whenever it wants.

How Windows 10 Reserved Storage will show up in user settingsMICROSOFT

That said, Microsoft states it will initially only apply Reserved Storage to new PCs which ship with Windows 10 1903 or later. But be warned, Microsoft is repeatedly replying to user questions with “At this time” which suggests a wider roll-out of Reserved Storage is coming.

For that to happen, however, Microsoft must surely improve the stability of Windows 10 updates. Even fan sites have written about Microsoft having a “Software Quality Problem” and, in 2018 alone, Windows 10 upgrades caused serious problems in JanuaryAprilOctober and November.

How to Restart a Remote Server Using Command Prompt

Launch command prompt (as administrator) and run the below command. User should have administrator permissions on the server.

   1: SHUTDOWN /r /f /t 0 /m \\<ServerName> /c "<Description>"

/r         Shutdown and restart the computer.

/f         Force running applications to close without forewarning users.

/t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.

The valid range is 0-600, with a default of 30.

/m \\computer Specify the target computer.

/c “comment” Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.

If there aren’t any issues the system will be restarted

   1: C:\Windows\system32>;SHUTDOWN /r /f /t 0 /m \\xyz /c "Hotfix Installation"

Modify the above script parameters appropriately to copy the files successfully!