Today would best be described as frustrating.
The reason was all down to Windows 7 and a Toshiba laptop.
I have a Toshiba laptop that I used for my writing before I bought the MacBook, it had Windows 8 on it for no other reason that I fancied playing with the operating system when it came out.
Well I am on the verge of disposing of it so I thought I would put it back as it was when I got it and that’s with Windows 7 on.
When I first bought and used it I made a set of two recovery DVD’s, they recommended these were made, the reason of course was that it saved them a few pence by not supplying them.Gone are the days when computer suppliers give away a copy of the operating system on media, it’s all DIY these days.
Anyway, I booted up the machine from these DVD’s and started the install process. That took an age as it chugged along and whilst I went to make a coffee it of course asked for the second DVD, which I was not aware of until I got back into the office. I would put a bet that it asked for it just as I had walked out!
But in the end we got to the end of the install process, then it started with windows boot up. Then it chugs along installing drivers etc, what you don’t notice of course is that it’s also installing all the unwanted crap as well, like software that would have you believe it’s essential for the computers operation. Plus of course trials of various bits of software that you will never want and if the full version was given away free it would still be over priced and poor value for money. What always annoys me is that when you click to delete it asks if I am sure, of course I am bloody sure after all I had just clicked delete. I know that many computer users have problems knowing what they are doing but do Microsoft have to always assume that all users are morons.
Once the damn thing finished and was ready for use it took me over 90 minutes to clear all the unwanted junk included over fifteen useless utilities from Toshiba themselves. Plus the obligatory 30 day trial of Mcafee
slowdown, whoops make that anti virus software.
Then I got rid of the annoying sounds that Microsoft inflicts on you. set the desktop background to something (Anything) other than the Toshiba advert.
But then you have the pleasure of checking for Windows updates, I was greeted with the option of installing 159 updates, these did not install all in one go as there were several reboots, that took around 90 minutes from start to finish.
To top it off I was then given the option of which browser I wanted to install, due to some stupid European regulation Microsoft has to offer you the option of installing from a choice of browsers, most of which you have never heard of and will never hear of again. Having already lost the will to live I chose Internet Explorer 9 which installed and the machine promptly offered an update to version 10.
To finally top such a thrilling experience I got rid of the Nero DVD software for burning/ruining disks.
So at the end of the day I have the operating system installed, 167 updates installed and a pile of junk installed automatically and removed manually.
This gave me a clean machine, a 26% fragmented hard drive and a wasted day.
One thing this has taught me above all else is that the day I kick Windows into touch and migrate 100% to Apple can’t come quick enough.