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To: Utilizer; kevao

Uh oh! Here’s something big coming in from Microsoft! It wants to reboot me. It’s been loading something in the background for some minutes now, maybe for a half hour or so.

Utilizer I’d like to pursue your suggestions but will have to do so tomorrow. I’ve got to close up a bunch of things here before allowing the reboot of Win 7, and I’ve got to go to sleep as well (I’m on East Coast time).

I’ll get back to you. Thanks, both, for your comments and suggestions.


19 posted on 02/13/2013 12:18:12 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

Let me know what disaster Microsoft has created this time. I will decide whether and which updates to install in a few days. Cannot wait to get my Mac mini!! windows 8 is horrid too.


21 posted on 02/13/2013 12:48:07 AM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: Steely Tom
OK, you are quite welcome. In a nutshell, just download some live distros and play with them first. Do NOT load any OS until you have had a chance to try it from a live disk to see if it will work for you, that way your current familiar desktop will still be there for you to fall back on until something comes along you can use.

The three I mentioned are the ones I know are most newbie-friendly, although even that varies somewhat. I stayed away from other distros as I do not have all that much experience with them, however as they have been around for some time they must be doing SOMETHING right. For instance, I first started out in Linux using the Ret Hat OS, then some BSD -which landed Me a job in a Solaris shop, then switched over to Slackware and then Red Hat Linux on Sparc. All that within a three-year period.

Just play with a few. I am sure you will find something suitable within a short period of time. Just remember: NO INSTALLS! Play with the live CD first. Or live DVD...

22 posted on 02/13/2013 12:50:40 AM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Steely Tom

Most Win7 updates seem to require a reboot.

I just assume that when I start the update, and save & close programs in advance.

Occasionally, a reboot will stall and I have to restart the computer manually. So far, I have not had any additional problems. I read some tech sites who occasionally warn that a particular update can cause computer problems.

I still cringe every time I get any software/firmware notice of updates/upgrades. Just Monday I installed a new browser add-on update (Keyscrambler), and it literally wrecked my Win7 start up. Win7 had to run a Repair. I reverted to the older version of Keyscrambler.


31 posted on 02/13/2013 4:10:46 AM PST by TomGuy
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