The Day My Computer Gave Up

The Day My Computer Gave Up.

The Day My Computer Gave Up

Last week, the sky fell.

Well, no. But my stomach felt queasy. I booted up my computer, and all my data was gone. I mean, the programs were there, but they were empty. EMPTY!

I didn’t mourn the books I had written and recorded on my computer, some ready to be polished for publication, others needing more work. Not yet. I ran the recovery program, only to discover that my automatic backup had never backed up. That’s when my stomach started to hurt when I thought years of work might be lost forever.

But yes. I still had clickfree, an external backup device, which I had used just the day before the catastrophe. Would it work? Or would it hang? Gradually over the months, my computer would hang–increasingly.

The retrieval did work, but interestingly my security system discovered a trojan horse and removed it. When had that intruded? After my computer shut down the day before? Can a virus infect your machine overnight?

I breathed easier after the retrieval, but the problems were not all solved. For one thing, Microsoft informed us that it no longer supported Windows XP. I hadn’t realized that it included windows 7, which I had. What to do? My computer was a dinosaur, dying a slow and agonizing death. Instead of a joy to use, it provided an exercise in frustration.

Answer: visit eBay. It’s what you do if you’re not a millionaire.

I got a good deal on a computer with Windows 8.1. The problem came from trying to transfer info from the old computer to the new. And…some of my other programs are outdated, according to Microsoft standards. They’re in the grave, so to speak, and dead to the new world of 8.1. So I’m turning to programs like Open Office and will see how that works out.

Another thing that did not transfer to my new computer was all my email contacts. Looks like Facebook will gain greater value.

The leap from Windows 7 to 8.1 is a world-class broad jump for me. But I’m working on it.

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