I swore off buying Microsoft Windows computers a few years ago. I’d owned many of them over the years… from Windows 3.11 up to Vista. Then I bought my first Mac, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve been so happy with my Macs that I even bought one for my sister, rather than continue to live the eternal hell known as being “the computer guy”. My mission to eradicate Windows from my family was thwarted by my Mother secretly replacing her new Chromebook with a Windows laptop with touch screen. Shit. Well.. there’s one in every family.
Then I heard a tale of woe… Jess’ cousin had a Windows 7 laptop that was sick. Very sick. Plagued with unwanted pop-ups and chronic pokiness. Several times she had taken it to a local computer shop, and within days the troubles re-appeared. It was an endless nightmare. Or as I like to think of it… just another day with Microsoft Windows!
I couldn’t stand by and allow this to continue. I had to do something. But I’m old. I haven’t had to troubleshoot Windows problems in seemingly forever. (except at work, but hey.. that’s another story) Could I even do this anymore? There was only one way to find out.
“If you want to drop it off to me sometime, I’ll take a look at it for you.”
It was official. I had come out of retirement. Me vs Windows in a bloody, take-no-prisoners, bout. A fight to the finish. A clash of the titans. Insert your own hyperbolic statement here.
I’d been out of the game for so long, I had to get myself back into shape. I trained. I Googled. I talked to people who continue to do this for a living. It was going to be ugly. I needed the best tools for the job. File scanners. Harddrive utilities. Anti-virus. Anti-malware. Anti-spam. Anti-biotics. Even a bottle of Captain Morgan. I had my work cut out for me. And then something happened… a new icon appeared at the bottom of the screen…
Get Windows 10.
Really? Well shit… that’s convenient! Yup! On the very same day that I sat down to try to clean the infected laptop, Microsoft released Windows 10. After checking with Julie, I backed up her important files and went through the clean installation process. Microsoft has greatly improved this from the days of old. It’s very straight forward. I had a brand new installation of Windows 10 installed in an hour. It’s pretty. It’s definitely faster than what she had been using. Is it perfect? I doubt that. I assume there will be a bit of a learning curve to try to figure out where things are, and what they do, but that’s normal with any new software release. I just need to be clear when I hand the laptop over to her… no support questions!