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.
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.