I haven’t posted anything here in a while. I was waiting for a goody. Here it is…
(Originally posted at Scot’s Newsletter Forums – All Things Windows)
28 minutes ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:
Well, that was 1/2 a day shot to HELL. Have I mentioned lately that
I ABSOLUTELY HATE
EVERYTHING is SOOOOOOOOOO SLOWWWWWWWWWW!
– Microsoft servers
– bootable USB creation
– formatting and preparation
– actual installation
OK, here’s what finally happened.
Firstly, I could not download and create a bootable USB in Slackware because the Win 10 ISO kept stopping at about 4.3Gig when trying to copy it to the USB. Numerous tries with numerous USB flash drives; it was the same issue each time. OK, fine… I deleted the downloads in Slack. I cleared the USB drive.
I then booted my crappy, slow, Win 7 installation and spent about an hour trying to get my Network back up and running so I could download using the MS Windows auto-installer. Once the Network was up, I went to MS and downloaded (very slowly) the auto-installer. I then let it format the USB and add the Win 10 files and other horse shit.
Once that was done — I actually cooked and ate a four-course breakfast while waiting for MS Windows to create this USB installer. OK, then… reboot and wait, wait, wait, for the installer to load. Once that was done, then I chose my Win 7 partition for format and installation. Format went OK, but installer could not install on my chosen partition.
Why not? SIMPLY BECAUSE MS WINDOWS MUST — MUST THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE — MUST be located on the first partition of the first drive on the system. I had forgotten that. Dammit. 😦 This means that because my system has four drives on it and the Windows drive is THIRD, not FIRST, I had to disconnect my other three drives in order for this install to work.
OK. After another hour or so of watching my beard grow and get grayer, MS Win 10 is FINALLY installed on my system. YAY!
Now, since I had the system all apart and it was all dusty and cat-haired up, I thought I’d take it outside to the shop to blow the detritus out of it. I should follow my own advice that I give people: Never clean stuff. It never works after you clean it. And that’s exactly what happened. I brought it back inside all nice and clean… no boot, no code beeps, just fans. *HEAVY SIGH*
After a couple smokes and nail-biting out on the porch, I came back in and wiggled, tightened all connections inside and out. YAY! Slackware booted and here I am. It’s sad. I just don’t have the patience for this stuff anymore these days. 😦
I have a Win 10 installed. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, though. I’m so sick of MS just from today’s experience, I don’t want to see that Windows start up screen for a while, I don’t think. 😦
And that’s how my MS Windows 10 installation went. I sure hope using the OS is not nearly as frustrating.
I’m off… It’s too early to drink. I’ll have to find solace elsewhere.
Next time I think about updating MS WINDOWS, please someone remind me to go download FreeBSD or something instead. 😉
The time is rapidly approaching when Microsoft will permanently suspend all support for the Windows XP operating system.
Are we sad to see it go? Yes, in many cases, I’m sure that there will be a ground swell of angst and sadness that XP is going the way of the dodo. Unfortunately, life is all about change. We need to learn to embrace it. AHEM! Yeah… I sound like an Anthony Robbins commercial here. The facts of the matter are that many individuals and businesses around the world are still using that insecure Swiss cheese OS called Windows XP. Don’t get me wrong. I used to like XP a lot. I have a lot to be thankful to XP for, actually. It’s the NUMBER 1 MAIN REASON I started using the GNU/Linux operating system as my primary OS on ALL of my production machines.
I often wonder why MS had such a difficult time keeping ahead of the hackers, spammers, and malware merchants for much of XP’s lifetime. Being the numero uno operating system in the world definitely painted a rather large target on XP’s back, I would think. Why would a pimple faced miscreant sitting in front of his Mac on the island of Zoobie-doobie target GNU/Linux’s 1% when it could hit ’em big by hacking MS Windows XP’s 95% or so worldwide users? Makes sense, right? So, poor MS had to fight a losing rear guard action as it retreated into its hardened (by 3rd party mercenaries) Norton and McAfee bunkers. It was what it was.
MS learned a few things from that experience, though. They implemented many innovations into their new Win 7 and Win 8 operating systems to lessen the need for the hired guns required by XP to guard the gates. Sorry about all the military analogies today. I seem to be stuck in that mode at the moment. But I digress… Er, where was I? Ah. Yes… I was saying that nothing lasts forever. I think that’s the point of this exercise, anyway.
Back in the day, when I was much enamored by the Win 98SE operating system, I dreaded the time when MS would stop supporting it. I swore to never go over to the dark side by submitting to the charms and siren songs of that new OS, Win XP. Myeh… I eventually broke my vow. Sure, XP was an improvement over 98SE, but it was also a seemingly unprepared plunge into the future by Microsoft. I’m not sure anyone could have predicted the explosion of naughty, nasty, downright malicious behavior that would soon raise it’s pimply faced, greasy haired head on the Internet.
The pizza and Jolt soda driven hordes descended on the cyber world like never before. Few operating systems or their overseers were prepared for the onslaught. There are exceptions to this… AHEM. Linux. 😉 Anyway, don’t let me gloat too long on that. Moving on… So what now, security wise? Are we any better off in the world now that Win 7 and 8 are in dominance and XP is falling by the wayside? Hmm… I’m not so sure. I understand that MS can’t continue to waste time and resources at their 100% for-profit capitalist corporation to continue to pour hot oil and push back the scaling ladders of the invaders forever. Yet, there are millions of XP users worldwide who are going to become a giant botnet once open season is declared by MS in just a few weeks. Can you even imagine what fun those acne suffering residents of Zoobie-doobie and elsewhere are going to have spreading their mayhem?
If you’re running an XP system that has access to the Internet, I would strongly recommend pulling the plug on it. I’m being serious now, folks. Once Microsoft stops patching newly discovered vulnerabilities in the XP operating system, your ass will be swinging in the breeze out there. The 3rd party anti-virus and anti-malware companies will not be focusing on XP nor will they be able to keep up with the hordes that will be descending upon that OS after April of 2014. Do yourselves a favor. Move on to Win 7 or even 8. I can’t honestly recommend 8 to you at this time because I’ve read too much bad press about it and because I’ve never experienced it myself personally. I can, however, say that Win 7 is a very solid OS. If you can still find yourself a copy of it, that would be a wonderful alternative.
And I know many of you out there expect me to make the GNU/Linux suggestion. Well, that’s really the optimal alternative, as far as I’m concerned. However, it wouldn’t necessarily be that optimal for many Win XP users. Folks are often reluctant to change and unwilling to invest time into learning something new. They would have to do both to use GNU/Linux. Yes, there are relatively gentle transition distributions out there… Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Vector Linux, Zorin, Ultimate Edition, Mepis, etc., but there is still a pretty good learning curve for folks coming from XP. It is what it is. I’m not one to bullshit, so take that for what it’s worth.
End your XP dependence. You’ll be better for it.
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