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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Annoying Windows 10 update delays everything today


One of the annoyances of Windows 10 is that you get
no progress bars, which are comforting even if they give
you no real control.
 

Apologies for the delays in Plainfield Today and CLIPS today -- owing to a snafu with a Windows 10 update.

When I shut the computer down last night, it notified me that updates were being installed. I went to bed, sure things would be fine.

When I rebooted this morning, the welcome screen said that the updates were being worked on and "this may take a while". Hrumph!

Three hours later, I was still looking at the annoying little circular pattern of dots indicating that Windows was "working on it".

After four hours, I killed the power -- which is always scary, since you have no idea what state your updates are in and whether the machine will even be able to recover.

After TWO more reboots, I finally got a message that Windows would restore me to my previous version -- which then took another 45 minutes or so.

My big panic was that all my usernames and passwords are on a text file on my machine. Naturally, I have never printed it out or stored it on a thumb drive. Dumb! That's fixed now.

Am taking the rest of the afternoon to shop for a new laptop. This one is about six years old, so old the letters have been worn off the keys. Do you think it's time for n upgrade?

If you're into tennis, don't forget to check out the family tennis event sponsored by the Rec Division and the Plainfield schools. This afternoon, 3 PM - 8 PM at the Donald Van Blake Tennis Courts, Randolph Road.

See you tomorrow!


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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