Open and Shut

29wo83oYes, I missed Monday and Tuesday, but it’s not my fault.  All I did was decide to restore my computer back to Windows 7 from Windows 10.  And thus began my two-day odyssey.

My Windows 10 experience wasn’t terrible.  But I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that it silently resented me for not having a tablet.  So much of its functionality felt like it was meant to be on a mobile device where I was swiping the screen as opposed to archaically dragging a cursor around.  And my PC isn’t exactly new, so there was a little bit of a slow-down running the newer ops system.  But I was within the thirty-day window I was allowed to switch back to Windows 7, so no harm no foul.

Except when I tried to roll back, it told me I couldn’t.  I don’t know if I forgot to do something when I upgraded, or whether my computer decided I deserved the experience of a full re-install, but it wasn’t letting me revert.  Fortunately, I still have my Windows 7 disc, so I just threw it in and did things the old fashioned way.

Which was all fine and good, except I forgot the worst thing about a fresh install of a six-year old operating system:  six years’ worth of updates.  Almost two gigs of them, to be exact.  The downloading of which slowed my computer to a crawl.  And when those finally finished, hey, look, more updates were available!  Wash, rinse, repeat.  Add in the fact that various updates kept failing to install, and most of my computer usage the last two days involved me waiting for the thing to restart.

I’m not really all that worked up over this though.  This PC is at least seven years old.  The video card is at least five.  It’s pretty much as upgraded as it can be.  I don’t expect it to be a top-of-the-line monster.  I don’t even really game on it anymore, although it can handle games fairly well.  Bottom line is that it’s near the end of its life, and it still does what I want it to.  I consider myself in bonus time right now.  Next year’s tax refund is likely going to a new system, so I’m going to be gentle with the old boy until then.

I just he didn’t read that.


One thought on “Open and Shut

  1. I know a lot of people who had the same issue when Windows 8 first came out- there are definitely come positives to the newer Windows versions, but I agree that it feels like they are trying to make a computer feel like a tablet and it feels off sometimes.

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