I did it again.
I don’t know why I do it. Maybe it’s some innate need for masochism? I always know in advance that my actions will cause grief, but nevertheless in I plunge like some reckless bungee jumper who hasn’t checked whether his tethers are properly tethered.
This time, I thought to myself, things will be different. This time there will be no snags or hitches. This time it will be different. I held my breath and clicked the button …
… to install Windows 11.
I clicked that button at around three yesterday. It actually went quite smoothly. There are three phases – Download, Verification and Installation. The download was all right, taking about half an hour [I’m on a 75Mb connection]. It then went into Installation Mode and soon after it switched itself off. This was weird? It had warned about reboots but made no mention of suicide. I fired up the installation program again.
This time it skipped the download. This surprised me as Microsoft rarely do things logically and this was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments. Anyhows it pottered through the verification again and started the install. This time things went well and the percentage working its way up at around a minute per point.
Then it hit 75% and stopped.
I have a life so I pottered around the house, doing things, as one does. I would occasionally check my laptop for progress. It showed 78%. Half an hour later it said 83%. I got bored with it then and went in to watch television with Herself.
Around midnight I checked it again. It was asking for a reboot. I switched it off.
This morning I did my usual stuff and then fired up Windows. It warned me it was updating. Of course it was! Half an hour later it rebooted itself and started showing me cheery messages. I left it to it.
A while later I came back. It had finished!
I logged in with breathless anticipation. I couldn’t wait to see all those cheerful people from the advertisements looking so happy and waiting to greet me. I was dying with anticipation waiting to play those wonderful games.
It has moved the buttons to the middle of the taskbar and changed my background image. That’s all. No cheery people. No impressive games.
I poked around for a while, and sure enough some of the layouts have changed which just means people will have to re-learn where everything is. After a short while I got bored. I did the only sensible thing –
I went back to Linux.