My laptop crashed big time

Thursday evening, my laptop had a major crash. I blame the recent Window Upgrades on my issues. Ever since their new upgrading started, my laptop hasn’t been the same. I tried every fix I could, but it was beyond quick fixes. I was afraid I was going to have to buy a new laptop.  I determined to try everything I could to fix this one before buying a new one. I had to fix this one during 12-2016 so I knew there was hope.

I had to do a factory reset on my laptop and it took it back to Windows 8.1. I lost every program I had installed: browsers, photo editors, mail client and so on. Thankfully the reset didn’t delete any of my personal files. I think that’s amazing.
I’m very grateful to whoever made the option to keep the personal files and still do a reset. It’s a blessing and spared me from having to do a lot of uploading my personal files. I back up my personal and photo files about once a month to an external drive. I had just backed them up earlier Thursday. Thankfully, I didn’t need them though.

After the success of the reset, I decided to live with Windows 8.1 for a while, but that wasn’t to be.
I began to try to install my anti-virus and it wasn’t happening.  I went searching for a fix and on the list of things to trouble-shoot was make sure your Windows program is up-to-date, well flitter! I was going to have to install Windows 10 anyway. I surfed out the download file and began the many many hours of install. After it finished, I was able to install my anti-virus with no trouble.

I surfed around in the Windows 10 and discovered that the it’s install came with the recent upgrades (that made my laptop sick) and I don’t have to worry about them trying to install and crashing my laptop again (I hope)

It took constant work, but after 24 hours from the time my laptop crashed it’s fixed. I hope this resolves the issues for another year or longer. I’ve had my laptop for around 3 years. I’m hoping I can keep it running and functioning for another year or two. Time will tell.

Wishing you all an issue free weekend.

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14 thoughts on “My laptop crashed big time

    • Thanks Pip
      It’s a wise choice to stick with the previous versions. It’s always handy to have files backed up even without a crash. 😀

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  1. It’s a relief that your laptop is okay now. It’s nice that you didn’t have to do much to get your personal files back! Hope you now have your old programs reinstalled as well.

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  2. I applaud your persistence! You are amazing! I leave all the computer problems to my computer wiz hubby. If not for him, I probably would not even own a computer. Glad you were able to fix it and I’m crossing my fingers for you, that you will get another year or more with it. Great job!

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    • Thanks so much Ginny
      You’re a lucky lady to have a tech-savvy husband. My husband knows the basics of the computer, but I have a bit more extra time to stick with working on it until it’s fixed (or broken beyond repair) 😉

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  3. I’m so glad you got your laptop working again! Windows is awful, I’m glad I don’t use it anymore on my own laptop. No system is without faults and problems of course but Windows has got to be the worst. I’m not very good with stuff like that. Any time I need something done I have J do it for me. He’s not a tech guy by any means but he knows more than I do, and he knows enough to usually be able to get me going again whenever I need help or a problem fixed.

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    • Thanks CW
      I agree Windows is a contrary critter, but it also has a few good points as well. J is a peach of a guy. It’s great he works well with computers. 😀
      What system are you running on your laptop?

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          • It hasn’t been for me personally but I don’t tend to need a ton of programs. For photo editing I use Gimp. For documents and spreadsheets etc there is LibreOffice, there are of course video and music players etc. You do have to do some research before buying new hardware like printers because some are not compatible and since Linux isn’t a top platform it’s highly uncommon for the packaging to say whether it is compatible or not (I have seen a couple things mention being Linux compatible on the packaging though). Most hardware is still simply “plug & play” as with Windows. Some web-based things aren’t compatible. A multi-player game I used to play won’t work on Linux, and there is no alternative for that of course. Sometimes you need to download additional plugins for certain things – for example the media player I use (VLC) would not play DVD’s till I downloaded a plugin for that. Sometimes it takes a littlw googling (or asking someone else who is familiar with the system) to figure those things out. Generally speaking though I haven’t had problems finding what I need for it.

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            • Thanks CW
              I wondered about that. It’s great that you’ve found compatable programs to with linux. I’ve not tried Gimp, but I might some time since I like Photoscape so well. I too use LibreOffice, especially for making pdf files.
              Plug-ins are very helpful. You’re learning a lot of handy information that will be handy for the rest of your life. Way-to-go! 😀

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