Hi Ho, Oh No, Installing I Must Go

Reinstalling and BloggingI'm writing this blog post on my laptop as I reinstall Windows XP on my desktop computer.

Hello Windows XP installer, it's been a long time since we last talked. I haven't really missed you. Installer says: Press "F" if you really, really want to format your hard drive. Sigh. /me presses F.

My old OS instance was sick and had to be put down. I avoided the grim task for as long as I could. Well, too long really. Anytime one has to do this kind of thing at the point of unworkability and not at a time of their own choosing, it's too long.

Damn, I should have picked express format. It must be a cosmic constant. As fast as computers and hard drives get the size of the hard drive gets even bigger to make the amount of waiting constant. Phone rings, my friend asks if it's a good time for a chat. Hell yes.

The machine would not quite randomly freeze up. It wasn't quite dead, it would sort of recover, after a while, mostly, and I could shut it down. At first it seemed to related to having a bunch of applications open. I thought it might be a memory problem, but an overnight memory diagnostic didn't turn up a problem. And it got progressively worse. So I either have some nasty little piece of malware the scanner hasn't picked up or severe registry rot. Or both. So burning it all down and starting fresh was best.

Oh good, Mr. Installer is copying files.

It's really perverse how much lost productivity crappy software has cost the world. But switching has such a high pain in the ass factor it's takes a lot to vote with your feet. Then there's the huge number of people in the world who don't realize there's alternatives. Or that getting mad at hell at the lack of quality is allowed.

Well son-of-a-bitch. I can't find the network drivers for the motherboard's onboard Ethernet connections. Damned if I can even remember the model number of the motherboard. It looks like it will be easier just to install a standard network card. Yup, that did it. Life is just too bizarre sometimes. Oh goodie, just what I wanted, 90 security updates.

For myself, the computer currently being worked on is the last one I own that will run Microsoft Windows. My last computer purchase was this Mac notebook and though it was intended to complement my desktop it was also testing of the waters for the then new OS X. OS X has more than proven itself. Still, Macs aren't without their problems, not the least of which is cost. Although I'm positive my next notebook purchase will be a Mac, I'm not so sure my next desktop won't be some variety of Linux.

Wow, even more updates.

Time to start reinstalling applications. See you next week . . .

2 comments

Marina wrote 12 years 28 weeks ago

I feel your pain!

My little lap top is about ready for a clean up too but I *really* don't want to be dealing with the backup and re-installation.

I'm seriously considering a linux dual boot but the last time we did one of those, I rarely booted into Linux so that's probably just redundant. Like you, I'll wait until I don't have another choice.

Paul wrote 12 years 28 weeks ago

We only have one XP

We only have one XP partition out of the 5 working computers now. Laurie and I are open source lovers/addicts.

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