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aaargh - Windows

Posted 05-19-2012 at 09:32 AM by error_401
Updated 01-15-2014 at 01:27 AM by error_401

Have to get this off my head.

Today I've spent 4 1/2 hours on installing Windows and 35 minutes on Linux. Plus 4 hours in vain on a couple Zyxel USG 50 Routers setting up a VPN connection. Result = no worky!

As I had this nice ACER AspireONE netbook I wanted it to run my usual flavor of Linux the Debian 6 Squeeze. So today I had some time to spend over lunch. It was a bit of fumbling until I had a bootable USB stick. Three attempts and 2 hours the other day until I tried to first format the stick using Windows and then put the unpacked content of the 1 CD-ROM .iso into the root of the stick.
Also added the .iso file which turned out to be the smart move.
Then it booted properly from the stick. Therefore today Linux installation.

Worked like a charm on the ACER. No external drivers needed. Easy as it comes. 30 minutes and I was done. Then reboot and re-install Windows with the ACER recovery and setup tool into the shrunk original partition. (Wanted to have it dual-boot).
10 minutes and 3 reboots later I found that I had forgotten to update the grub-bootloader to reflect the newly present OS.

That was the reason for the first 30 minutes on Windows setup. Then it started with the usual Win localization etc. Another 15 minutes later Win is up and running for the first time. Took 55 minutes to uninstall all the useless crap which comes with the ACER distro such as McAfee security and such. Another 25 minutes to remove all the software I do not want in my Windows and subsequent reboots. Another 20 minutes to have .NET 4.0 installed (I need that to run software from my employer.)

And now since 30 minutes running Win-update with about 480 updates still to go.

Please console me a bit and post a bit about your wastes of time with computers.
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  1. Old Comment
    Yeah, I know how you feel. I recently wasted time and money installing Windows 7 on my desktop. I didn't really need it, was just curious how it would run. Got rid of it after two days, and been kicking myself since.
    Posted 05-19-2012 at 11:53 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    +1 here! I blogged about my experience back in February. Horrible!
    Posted 05-19-2012 at 12:22 PM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    what I also absolutely love about linuxes: you can just copycat your rootfs and you get a working system in just time you spent waiting the copy. and of course, once configured, forever working. i'm very lucky not to touch anything in windows for already three years, except rare cases when I boot it to play some games, which happens about once per 3-4 months. however it is fast enough to get me all annoyed.
    Posted 05-19-2012 at 02:41 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
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    @ brianL
    Don't - just be happy to have a "free" and running OS.
    Always nice to know about Windows - there is a lot of people out there being thankful for your knowledge. Makes for a nice dinner all once in a while with friends having some shortfalls on Windows.
    And since I have Linux I have time to spend on others Windows computers
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 03:38 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
    Updated 05-30-2012 at 03:39 AM by error_401
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    @ rich_c
    Can you add the link to your blog? Would be nice to read it.
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 03:39 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
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    @ Web31337
    So do I. I just run Windows in Virtualbox and now I have my Aspire in dual boot.
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 03:40 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
  7. Old Comment
    I hold windows separate hdd and when i need to run it, i unplug all other hdds and plug it instead. kind of afraid what it may do to data if, well, you never know
    Posted 05-30-2012 at 01:15 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline


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