Ode To My Laptop
If you are expecting a poem, I’m sorry to disappoint you. This is actually the story of how I’ve not been able to do much with the blog and visit those I follow. My laptop became sick and not wanting it to die, I used it off and on mostly in one-hour increments. Nothing about this experience has been poetic.
Before it became sick, Microsoft did some automated updates and the computer would not boot up thereafter. I had to restore the system to what it was before the updates. All that I lost was a document that I had been working on before the updates. That happened twice. Then it started running hot and without warning, would shut-down. If I was working on anything, it was lost.
About a week ago, I purchased a new laptop with Windows 10. After working to get it setup, I turned it off for the night. The next day, as soon as I turned it on, automated updates were done, and then the computer would not reboot. The repair screen appeared and gave me options, one being to restore the system to before the updates. I did that. The computer then rebooted. However, I lost everything that I had done in the setup. It even made me fill-out the form for a new computer again and re-register.
I thought “Fine!” now I can get back to business. I installed the anti-virus program, downloaded Firefox and several other programs, AGAIN. I tried out the email client that comes with Windows – hated it. I downloaded Windows Live, and it worked. I turned the computer off for the night.
The next day, it once again did automated updates and once again, would not re-boot. Repeating the process from the day before, I again lost everything.
Going back to my old computer, I searched the internet for the problem to see if there was a fix. There is no fix, and Windows 10 does not provide the option of turning off automated updates.
I returned the computer and purchased one with Windows 8.1. Thankfully, my son and some friends have Windows 8.1 so they were able to help me understand how to see what is on the computer. After uploading the virus protection program, I turned the computer off and when turning it back on, it did automated updates. The computer rebooted like a charm. I tested that out after each download.
In the last two days since having the new computer, I learned that every company wants you to have an account with them and you must do so before you can proceed. I’ve entered so many key codes and registration numbers that my eyes began to cross.
There is still lots for me to learn about how it’s organized and I’ve decided to learn as I go along.
Now with the new computer, I’m anxious to get back to writing posts and getting back to visiting with my blogging friends here and on other blogs.
Feel free to use this for open discussion.