Expert Author Richard Peck
The "Launch Error: EasyAntiCheat Not Installed" error is caused by Fortnite not being able to load the "Easy Anti-Cheat" engine which is shipped with the game.
Whilst the error will prevent the game from loading correctly, it's not generally caused by any deep aspect of your system.
To this end, resolving the problem should be relatively simple. If not, it may take some extra steps to get it working properly.
The main cause of the error is that the Easy Anti-Cheat application is not present.
To fix this, you need to ensure that your system is able to a) access it b) run it.
The message which appears with this error includes:
Couldn't start the game
Please help us by reporting this issue: Error code 20006
The specific causes of the problem are:
  • Fortnite cannot run Easy Anti-Cheat
  • Windows has deeper issues with its files / settings
The way to solve the problem is to re-install the Anti-Cheat service, as well as then ensuring the game is working properly.
This is a simple process:
1. Reinstall Easy Anti-Cheat
The first step is to ensure the EAC is working properly.
To do this, you need to follow these steps:
  • Browse to "C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite\FortniteGame\Binaries\Win64\EasyAntiCheat" on your hard drive (wherever installed)
  • Click on "EasyAntiCheat_Setup"
  • Click on "Repair Service"
  • Try loading it again
If it works after this, it means the problem can be considered resolved.
If it doesn't work, you may need to perform a "verify" repair on the system.
2. Verify Game Files
The next step is to verify the Fortnite installation.
This is relatively simple -
  • Load the Epic Games Launcher
  • Click on "Fortnite"
  • Select the "cog" next to the green "Launch" button
  • From the drop-down menu, select "verify"
  • Let the process run
  • Restart your system
  • Try playing it again
After doing this, if the game works, the problem should be fixed.
3. Re-Install VC++
If the above two steps don't work (they should), Visual C++ might be to blame.
Visual C++ is a library which Microsoft created & distributes for software developers to use.
It basically provides extra functionality to applications.
Whilst the system is effective, it ha a propensity to become problematic - often showcasing errors and problems etc.
To ensure this is not a problem for your system, you need to remove any instances of the VC++ redistributable package on your system and then replace it with a fresh version:
  • In Windows 7, click on "Start", then "Control Panel" and finally "Programs and Features"
  • In Windows 10, right-click on the "Start" button, select "Apps and Features"
  • From the list that appears, scroll to the "Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable" listings
  • Note down which ones you have installed (pay particular attention to the year and architecture)
  • After doing this, browse to the Internet and look up "Visual C++ downloads"
  • Click on the Microsoft link entitled "Latest Supported Visual C++ downloads"
  • Download fresh copies of each of the packages you listed
  • Once this is complete, uninstall each package from your system
  • Restart your PC
  • Install each new VC++ package (order does not matter)
  • Restart your PC again
  • Try playing the game again
If any further issues are encountered, it means you have deeper problems with Windows.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
Children learn at different rates. Even children in the same family can have very different interests, personalities and aptitudes. When parents and some children in a family are academic and studious a more exuberant, artistic child may feel out of place and in some way not right.
Classes in schools often have to accommodate many different levels of ability and capability in the lessons. And different children will often have very different learning styles. Some children like to learn by rote and repetition. Some children like practical ways of working things out until they are understood. An increasingly high percentage of children are leaving school unable to read and write. Sometimes supporting a child's education with a tutor can help it through a difficult patch and then give it a real advantage.
Parents are usually the first teacher in a child's life. Spending time playing, reading stories together, teaching them to count, are all important stages in a child's education and development. As parents become increasingly pressurised for time, perhaps due to work commitments or the stresses of being a single parent, spending spare time teaching a child at home is becoming less of an option.
Also as the child becomes a little older its education becomes more complex. The teacher has to share its time with the whole class. If one or more children appear to be having difficulties the teacher may not be able to accommodate those needs. A child has to feel confident in its ability to learn, it has to be receptive to the information being presented. If it starts to feel stupid or unable to learn or retain the information it may well switch off. Also, very bright children may switch off if they are bored or unchallenged by their lessons.
Matching a child's learning style is one important responsibility for a tutor. The tutor has to generate a relationship with its pupil and understand its difficulties, needs and requirements. One to one attention helps the child to progress at its own speed and learn in its own way. Children with dyslexia often benefit from having personal tuition as they are intelligent but often struggle in a mainstream classroom situation.
Structured lessons in the child's own home often remove any embarrassment that may be felt in a classroom situation, answering questions, speaking out loud, making mistakes. But as the child improves with quality personal attention so will its confidence in its abilities. Also having lessons at home means that life continues as normal for the rest of the household. The child is being provided with their extra support it needs and the rest of the family is undisturbed by it.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
Here I am again, once more in the terrible situation of having to decide whether or not to euthanize one of my beloved animals. This time it's one of my cats. He was born in my porch, his little feral mother having decided that I looked like I'd provide them with a suitable home. She gave birth to two sons and they moved in and allowed me to look after them. Sylvester is the last one of the three. He's eleven.
He suddenly appeared with a sore on his face. I thought perhaps he'd been in a fight, he's not called Sylvester for nothing. He's always been a bit of lad, bringing home gifts, chasing other cats. But when I took him to the vet's four weeks ago she said that she felt it was either an abscess or a bad cancerous growth. These past few weeks he's had injections, antibiotics and latterly steroid treatment. He even stayed for a week at the vet's while they gave him treatment there.
Even so, when things don't seem to be working the guilt that many animal lovers feel is intense. There are so many concerns about doing the right thing, not prolonging their pain, but at the same time not giving up on them either. Here are some of my thoughts and feelings today.
- Is it as bad as it looks? I know that there have been times when I was sure that an animal was close to death and then, one injection later it's been completely fine. Sometimes animals recover amazingly quickly from situations that look very serious.
- Have I done enough? Agonising over the options of what to do to help a sick animal is a nightmare. They trust us so much. My beautiful cat just looks at me and purrs while I decide what to do about his future.
- Did I miss some of the signs? Was I negligent in not noticing him being unwell sooner. There is dreadful guilt at feeling that I in some way should have intercepted his illness earlier and perhaps been able to have more time to treat him. I know that sometimes I'm not fully alert to my animals. I love them, stroke them, buy them the very best food and drink but sometimes I am busy and don't check them over.
- Am I being selfish in keeping him alive? There is no way that I want to keep a sick, suffering animal alive just to suit my own selfish wants. They can't tell us how they're feeling. Sometimes I've had animals that don't seem to be in distress but are very ill and need to be let go as a kindness. Further treatment sometimes just prolongs their suffering.
- Are there other options? Should I go to another vet, animal hospital, practitioner and get a second or third opinion. Sometimes that can be a cruel option, prolonging suffering and distress. The animal has no idea what is going on and is poked, prodded and medicated. I trust my vet, otherwise I wouldn't be going to her in the first place.
Well, as a final word, since I started this article I have been to the vet's. I was advised to put my little cat to sleep, so I did and then brought him home and buried him in my garden. I'll get a headstone for his grave. He's buried next to his mother and his brother. A source of comfort is that he has had a good life, especially for a stray. He's enjoyed gourmet dinners, central heating and a cosy place to sleep. And, at the end, no prolonged suffering.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
January and February oftentimes feel rather flat, especially when the weather's cold and miserable. There may be little to look forward to, so it's up to us to become proactive, herald a few changes and inject a little sunshine into our lives.
- Get something in the diary. Finances may be strained after Christmas, but there are still ways to socialise with friends. Arrange a meal and ask everyone to contribute a dish and/or bottle. That way you can enjoy a fun time for relatively little expense. Suggest everyone dresses up to make the evening extra-special.
- Have you heard of a safari supper, where one course is eaten at each person's house and then everyone moves on? Again a fun, inexpensive and unusual way to brighten up the darker evenings.
- Add your name to several mailing lists. There are often free or two-for-the-price-of-one deals going around, especially after Christmas. Or look out for free or inexpensive concerts, exhibitions and events that appeal enough to prompt you and your pals to go.
- Invest in your home. Add some colour, bright prints, warming fabrics, lovely fragrances, so that your home is a pleasurable place to be, whether you're on your own or with friends. Often local markets and craft fairs offer unusual, inexpensive items that can add a special touch to your home. Lighting is especially important during the winter months so introduce lamps, side lights and even candlelight at this time of year.
- Board games and cards can bring a lot of fun to colder, darker evenings and can become an enjoyable part of your winter activities. Find your competitive side and plan a get-together at virtually no cost.
- Don't forget to include opportunities for exercise and fresh air. Weekdays might be difficult to arrange but make the most of the weekends, with outdoor strolls in the park, treasure hunts and nature walks. Follow with a relaxing pub lunch or a warm soak in the bath with a mug of hot chocolate. Or arrange a game of rounders or football with friends and neighbours.
- Make the most of this season's fruits and vegetables and enjoy some healthy, colourful meals. Rediscover the joys of your slow-cooker and leave delicious stews, casseroles and nourishing soups cooking all day.
- Spend an afternoon going through your old photographs, vinyl records and clearing out your clutter. You may even earn yourself a little money by doing so. Physical, mental or emotional clutter can bog us down and interrupt our flow. Be decisive and use the time well.
- Review your aspirations for the coming year. Have they already started to flag? Write them at the front of your diary or notebook and keep your intentions regularly in mind.
- Intermittent rewards and treats are a good way to encourage you out of hibernation mode. Monitor your ongoing goals and give yourself credit for each month's achievements. Celebrate each stepping-stone rather than focus solely on the ultimate goal.
- Be gentle with yourself if your resolutions slip or you don't achieve the same as others. Start again and get back in the zone. Book another driving lesson or training session. Be motivated by others but don't compare yourself and your achievements to theirs. Everyone has very different stories and situations.
Expert Author John Dugan
What is Peyronie's disease?
Peyronie's disease refers to the occurrence of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis. This inflexible tissue can often be felt underneath the penile skin, on the shaft, and it can cause unnatural bending or curving during erections. Men with this inflammatory condition may also experience painful erections or problems with erectile function; patients with Peyronie's often develop symptoms of stress and anxiety related to the physiological problems related to the disease.
While treatments for Peyronie's disease have varying outcomes, most men can experience some improvement, or even full recovery. The majority of specialists lean toward non-invasive treatments, except in the most extreme cases, as invasive surgery can have unwanted side effects such as loss of function and/or shortening of the shaft. The most popular and effective noninvasive treatments are described here, as well as some preventive suggestions for daily penis care.
Treating Peyronie's - non-surgical alternatives for correcting a bent penis
  • Transdermal Verapamil 15% Gel - This medication is often used in treating high blood pressure; however, evidence has shown that it is also effective in breaking up collagen - a property that allows it to help eliminate the scar tissue that results in Peyronie's disease. Applying a transdermal gel to the affected area has had some success in treating Peyronie's, although treatment can often take up to a year for full restoration of normal appearance and function.
  • Shock wave therapy - the use of intense sound waves to break up scar tissue in the penis has met with varying degrees of success; while some doctors recommend this approach for their patients, many prefer to try more conventional methods of treatment.
  • Vitamin E and Acetyl L-carnitine - These nutrients have multiple benefits when it comes to overall physiological health, and both have been used effectively in dealing with Peyronie's disease. Taken orally or applied topically, supplements containing these ingredients may help to reduce the pain and curvature of Peyronie's disease over time.
Before attempting any at-home treatment, it is important that men talk to their doctors about the best approach to addressing the problem. For those who have intimacy issues related to Peyronie's disease, a qualified psychological counselor or sex therapist may be of assistance.
Preventing Peyronie's disease
There is no magical solution that can guarantee that a man will not develop a severe curvature of the penis, but with a little care and creativity, men of all ages can take precautions to prevent scarring and injury that can lead to Peyronie's disease. Some important steps to prevention, as well as overall penis health, include the following:
  • Avoiding excessive friction. Rough handling of the penis during play - either solo or with a partner - can cause cumulative damage to the connective tissue surrounding the erectile chambers. Over time, this scarring can develop into the plaque that characterizes Peyronie's disease. By using a personal lubricant during sessions, and keeping the skin well-moisturized in between, men can reduce the amount of friction that affects the area.
  • Avoiding injury. Sudden moves during the throes of passion, or accidental impact with a partner's pelvic bone, can result in ruptured erectile tissue and the subsequent formation of scarring. A little care during coupling can reduce the chances that such an injury will occur and affect long-term penile health and function.
Expert Author John Dugan
Everyone has days when they feel sluggish, like it is even hard to roll out of bed and put one foot in front of the other. On those days, an extra cup of coffee may be the trick to get up and running for the day. What happens, though, when the body and mind are ready and willing, save for one little part? A tired penis and lack-luster sex drive is something no man wants to deal with - and certainly not on a regular basis. Luckily, there are ways to pep up the penis so it is standing by and ready when it is needed most. Something as simple as adding vitamin B5 to the daily penis care routine can be the boost a man needs to keeping the penis healthy and highly functioning, and that is enough to put a little pep in anyone's step!
Why B5?
B5 is a vitamin that works in the body to turn incoming food into outgoing energy. It is essential to the body's functioning, yet most people are unfamiliar with all of its healthful properties. Vitamin B5 serves to help the body form new, healthy red blood cells while boosting immune function. In addition to creating that much-needed energy and vitality the body needs, it also metabolizes protein, synthesizes fats and cholesterol, and works to regulate blood sugars in the body. B5 is a hard-working vitamin; because it is water-soluble - which basically means it is not stored in the body, but rather, unused B5 is excreted in one's urine - it needs to be taken every day to reap the full benefits.
Another happy benefit of vitamin B5 is the stress-busting and mood-boosting properties it brings with it. In fact, reaching for some B5 during the mid-day slump may provide the energy rush and feel good mood enhancement that many people rely on caffeine for - without the jittery crash that comes with it. Vitamin B5 also carries with it some heart-healthy properties, as it may help to raise HDL - known as good cholesterol-while lowering levels of LDL, the dreaded bad cholesterol.
Of course, vitamin B5 also brings with it an important penis perk in that some studies have shown the vitamin to naturally boost a man's testosterone level. Testosterone - the male hormone that is the driving force behind a man's sex drive - naturally depletes as a factor of aging, which contributes to a less than stellar performance behind closed doors. Thus, any vitamin that helps keeps a man's testosterone level high is a must have on the daily intake meter.
How to take Vitamin B5
Vitamin B5 is found in many food sources that most men are probably eating on a regular basis anyhow, so it is not terribly hard to up the intake in one's diet. Beef, pork, liver, mushrooms, salmon, tuna, sunflower seeds, pistachios, eggs and legumes are all excellent sources of B5. Not a fan of nuts, or prefer to maintain a meat-free diet? That is okay too; vitamin supplements are available to help boost up one's intake of essential vitamins and nutrients, helping to achieve the daily recommended doses of everything the body needs to look and feel good.
Expert Author John Dugan
Condoms are perhaps the most popular form of protection from STDs and unplanned pregnancy. Even still, many men have questions about the necessity and proper usage of condoms. Learn more about condoms and why they are an integral part of a man's penis health.
Is a condom needed in a monogamous relationship?
There are a few factors to consider when deciding on protection when one is in a monogamous relationship. First and foremost, have both partners been tested for all STDs, including HIV/AIDS? If both partners were tested before the sexual relationship began, or within the past 6 months, and the test results came back negative, a condom may not be necessary for protection against transmittable diseases. A second factor to consider is whether both partners are truly monogamous. If a man has been in a steady long-term relationship and there is no history or fear of infidelity, forgoing a condom may be within the realm of consideration. Lastly, is a condom the only form of birth control being used, or is pregnancy a concern in the relationship? If both partners are okay with oral contraception, or if the couple is okay with the possibility of a pregnancy - feel free to ditch the condoms. Alternatively, if the man has had a vasectomy, the woman has had a tubal ligation or is menopausal, wherein pregnancy is no longer physically possible, there is no need for condoms to prevent pregnancy.
Ultimately, the decision to lose the condoms is a joint one that should be made by both partners involved. Taking into consideration the strength and trust of the relationship, as well as the sexual health and the reproductive status of both partners, is necessary before going au naturel.
Are condoms foolproof?
Unfortunately, they are not. Though condoms are the first line of defense against STDs and pregnancy, they still need to be used properly. Studies have found that condoms are about 99% effective against the transmission of STD's when used correctly. Expired condoms should never be used, as the material may have started to deteriorate, so if the use-by date is passed, toss them. Condoms also need to be stored properly. They should never be allowed to get too hot or too cold as that may damage the integrity of the material, nor should the package be bent or crumpled. Avoid storing them in a steamy bathroom, a glove compartment or a wallet, as an improperly stored condom is more likely to fail.
Additionally, condoms should fit the penis properly. Too loose, and they risk slipping off and spilling ejaculate; too tight, and they may tear or rip. Condoms should be put on before any penetration or genital touching occurs, as disease transmission and pregnancy can occur from pre-ejaculate -that tiny bit of semen that appears on the penis during arousal. The only foolproof method of birth control or STD protection is complete abstinence.
Can two condoms provide double protection?
Absolutely not! While it is often the case that two is better than one, this is not one of those times. Two condoms - either doubling up on male condoms, or using a male and female condom at the same time - actually results in double trouble. The friction from the two rubbers is likely to cause tears, increasing the chance of an accident. If one wants to "double up" on protection, a better pairing would be a condom and oral contraceptive, or a condom with spermicide.

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