I stayed up ‘way too late last night getting things updated and set up on my ex-computer. I’ve installed everything and more that I can think of to keep it clean once I finish with it.

virusEven though we had agreed that I wasn’t to bring it back as soon as I thought she wanted it, she started thinking (it must be a family thing that makes it dangerous). She called me today and told me if I wanted to bring it back as previously planned, it would be okay. She didn’t want to upset my plans. I assured her the change was acceptable to me.

By way of an update, I told her I was having problems with Service Pack 1. It didn’t want to install correctly. I’d gotten put out with it and shut the computer down, which probably didn’t help. If worse came to worst, I could start over again and reinstall Windows. I’d left it on the flash drive.

This afternoon, she called again. By that time, I’d prayed my way through successfully (finally) installing SP1. Oh, well. She talked like I probably had it just about all done. Uh, no! SP1 is just a way-point in updating it. There’s lots more to come after that.

She gave me her passwords for gmail and Yahoo. I tried to set up gmail to import her Yahoo mail but it didn’t work. I was reading about other people doing the same thing and one fellow had attempted it off and on for three years before he gave it up as a bad job.

After we hung up, I checked the progress. There were 196 updates available. I elected not to install the one that would make it possible for her to write programs with C++ or some other language. I called her back and let her know the number of updates that were still to go today—and perhaps there will be more later.

When I signed into Chrome with her account, I found the root of some of her problems. Search had been hijacked by Trovi and there was something else I don’t remember that shouldn’t have been there. I’ve removed them and I hope they don’t come back.

Suffice it to say, I haven’t sat and watched it do its thing today. I’ve been busy otherwise. People wonder why it takes so long for computer work to be done. It isn’t that it takes that much actual “hands on” time but it’s a waiting game.

I guess I should be gratified that my sisters think I’m so smart. I’ve learned a lot of what I know through trial and error and a lot of it has been error. Thankfully, computers these days are pretty much self-healing and bounce back on their own. That’s if people watch what they’re doing and stay out of harm’s way.

2 Responses to Guru-ing

  1. Mary Jane February 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Unfortunately, I’m stuck in the error part!

    • Tommie February 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      You have a lot of company!

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