Monday, March 3, 2014

Gratitude Monday --New and Improved Edition

Last week my computer was acting up and for it I am grateful.
It came up with a message about Windows not starting, offered a few possible reasons and suggested a few possible ways to get it started.
This scared me.
The last known settings option worked, and that's wonderful, but what did it mean?
Would it always be so, or was there a slow, lingering death awaiting it?
Because I had Windows XP, and because said OS is going to be not supported after next month, and because the computer is seven years old I had some obvious questions for the techies.
The upshot was finding and curing the problem, stripping the old OS, cloning the hard drive and putting in the new OS was about two-thirds the cost of buying a new computer.
So I bought. It's a  lenovo (lowercase L is right in front of me) all -in-one. It's just a monitor with guts and that takes adjustment.
Meanwhile, the old one turned out to likely just have some corrupted files. If I'd had the courage to do a system restore I likely would have saved myself money and fretting.
I don't care.
I have the old one which will be set up downstairs once we make a place for it.
So I spent money I didn't have to for something I don't need and yet I am grateful.
Why?
I'd need to get a new computer at some point anyway, and certainly I'd need a new OS soon, we did it without losing anything, and we have two computers.
The new OS takes some learning. I do not care for the pictures program, but I am confident it can be learned without too much swearing.
The thing that had to be done someday is now done and largely behind me, and for that I am grateful.




9 comments:

Virginia Lee said...

I do adore you, I do.

Tabor said...

Yes, you need to pay to not be fretful. Fretting is bad I think.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, VL.

Aye, Tabor. Fretting is for guitars.

Crabby McSlacker said...

You are SO SMART to replace before you lose everything you have in a crash, which was my former way of dealing with pc problems.

Breaking in a new system while still having the old one as a back up is so much easier than trying to recover lost stuff!

Good luck with the transition!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Crabby. It's not so much smart as bitter experience, but I accept the compliment.

messymimi said...

You are making the best of the difficult situation that faces us all sooner or later -- having to get another tech gadget before the old one bites the dust completely.

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, it's the healthiest way.

Hilary said...

I'm sure you'll be getting used to and loving the new system in no time.

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