Last night on my new laptop Microsoft decided to add an update. Fine, it was late, I was tired, I switched off and slept. This morning making use of the old laptop, the one on which I keep the details and links for the Great War research, and indeed much else, I began to clear up the links and consider what to put over to the new laptop.
This took all morning, searching out old links many of which had died since I kept them, removing duplicates and sorting the hundreds of much needed links into a sensible order. It was fun rediscovering links to trials at the Old Bailey in times past, archaeology sites from the past and little used but important links to battles and individuals that might be required any day now. It is to be regretted that so many sites no longer exist, just as it is regretted that I cannot mind what they were about! However I cleared out many and placed a lot in better files, including links to the villages round the town and one in particular that I need to do some research on.
Then it happened.
"Windows needs to restart your computer" said the message.
Simple enough and as it was lunch time I switched off and let it update.
Update it did and took its time about it too!
After my unhealthy lunch, after my siesta, after I had a smile on my face I switched the old laptop back on and awaited the update process.
It went through the blue screen update message "Please wait while...etc" and then after a short eon it offered the Microsoft Upgrade message, you know the one, slow writing that stays for ever and moves off while the "Don't switch off ..."type messages run through.
While waiting I read 'War & Peace,' the entire Bible, got married, had three children and when I returned it was till updating!
Eventually it ceased.
The screen flashed once or twice, on the left of the screen the 'Recycle Bin' and several other folders appeared, though smaller and not int he right order. One or two items appeared on the toolbar at the bottom but after another short eternity nothing else!
Nothing! Not a thing!
All was gone. All my research, all my links good and bad, four years of work (I use the word loosely) lost or at least unobtainable. I muttered strange words and despaired a bit more.
I waited, I was getting good at this, I waited again, and much later pressed buttons but nothing worked, 'Start' didn't, only 'File Explorer' worked.
I logged out.
I logged in.
So after more hopeless pushing and many rude words, some despair and a bang of the head on the wall I switched off completely hoping this would restart the brute.
I returned to the wall and bounced my head off it to the neighbours annoyance, it was his wall too!
I left a question on the Microsoft Community site, it might get answered one day.
Suddenly I found an opening.
I fiddled with the right click on the search button (Search didn't work) and chose 'Toolbars' and then 'Deasktop.' Suddenly as I clicked on the wee chevrons a long list of things appeared. All was still there, trapped inside the machine. But how to get to out? 'Control Panel' then select a 'restore point.' Easy!
er, about a short lifetime ago I did this and the laptop is restoring itself to
Everything is still on there, I can see that.
It is the OS that has gone, the very thing they are supposed to be updating!