Thursday 31 March 2016

Back at Last - The Computer Saga...

Apologies for the lack of new posts, but the computer began slowing down at the weekend and then Wednesday morning it finally stopped working.

I've had numerous crashes, and the blue screen of death has appeared half a dozen times since last month (when I first mentioned it), but by Sunday it kept looping whenever I logged off, so the only way to shut down was turn it off at the tower. :(

Knowing it was going I had been looking around, but with so much choice online it's difficult to comprehend how it will look actually on my desk. I had specific requirements for capacity, but the position of the USB ports and the DVD drive was essential- I hated the vertical DVD drives!

I've done the basic set-up, and am now creating the recovery memory stick- it takes some time...

Of course before I could remove the old tower I had to clear everything off my desk (actually it's an old scarred dining table) and the area of the floor beside it.

So out with the hoover and the extendable attachment to the hose, so the dust-webs could be sucked up, and the floor cleaned. Once that was done I was able to move the table back and access the office book shelves.

There's still a lot to do before I'll be totally satisfied.

I don't have Office at the moment, which I really do miss. as much as Windows 7.. :(

Anyway, I'm back and aiming for my first post-Windows 10 blog post on Sunday.

So keep your fingers crossed I survive it all... :D


Anonymous said...

Argh! The dreaded Windows 10. I'll be interested to see how you get on with it!

Helen Laycock

Wendy's Writing said...

You sound so knowledgeable! I'm afraid anything to do with computers gets passed over to my husband - I'm so rubbish.

Teresa Ashby said...

Hope you get on okay with Windows 10, Carol. My computer tells me every day - sometimes more than once - that I should update to 10, but I'm happy with 7 and I'm digging my heels in about it. Everyone else in the house has updated and are happy with it xx

Carolb said...

It was a little daunting at first, Helen, especially having to go through each category in the settings, turning off various options so I limited how much information Microsoft can gain.

Edge- the renamed IE is okay, but I avoid using it at the moment.

But like any operating system you learn by use.

Carolb said...

I can do most of the basics, Wendy, and if needed add software, or trouble-shoot. If I can't resolve the issue then I ask techy friends and sons.

Carolb said...

So far so good, Teresa. It's just a case of learning how to find the things I need that aren't obvious.

My desktop was borderline for the W10 update, and as it was already showing signs of reliability issues, I decided to stay with Windows 7 until I had to replace the computer.

Fortunately I still had my Office 2007 disc, so haven't had any additional expense as there would be with Office 365- monthly or annual subscription.