I sometimes hate Microsoft … beware the Anniversary Update my friends …

I must explain. I’ve never been a fan of Apple software and whenever I have considered new IT equipment, I have always looked for alternatives to Apple. I have never had an iPod, I had a unknown music player.My smartphones have always been Android phones. I would never consider an iPhone. All my PC’s and laptops have all been Microsoft. The only exception was my first computer which was a Texas computer. So you could say, I’m a fan of Microsoft. A big fan.

However … this week has been a trial, even for me. I have two laptops. One, I have had for about four years and the second one for about eight/nine months. It is a long story, why I got the second one, and I’ll not go into it today but suffice to say, it was a wise choice at the time.

So why the post title?

On Monday, I decided that my ‘old’ laptop should be fired up and have all the updates that it needed. Oh sh*t! Windows tells me that there are ‘updates ready to download’. I checked what they were, and right at the bottom of the list was update that had the number ‘1607’ mentioned. The time had come for the so called ‘Windows 10 Anniversary  Update’. This was the one that I have been dreading. I was so thankful, though that it was first coming through to the old lappy. That way I could make sure that I would not have any major issues. You see, my banking software is an old Microsoft programme called Microsoft Money.

I’ve used it since I had Windows XP. I never use the internet functions, simply use it as a computerised bank account/cheque book. When I upgraded to Windows 7, there was the fear that this software may not work. Fortunately, it did and it saved me a lot of worries. Then along came Windows 10, and with it more rumours that Microsoft Money would not work. After a lot of stress and fruitless web searching, I bit the bullet and bought a new machine with Windows 10 installed. My idea was that I would use the old machine, as a internet free machine, just for the banking app.

So back to updating the old machine. What the hell, I thought. There is no choice, it has to be done, and I could always ‘roll back’ if the banking app did not work. Three hours later and Windows tells me that my laptop is “Preparing to install the update” or words to that effect. It does not actually call itself the Anniversary Update. That’s probably a media thing. After another three hours or so, the ‘installation’ is at around 63% and I really need to sleep. So I leave it to do it’s thing and hope that it will be all done in the morning.

Morning arrives (06:30 to be exact) and I’m looking at the laptop with an air of disgust. All I have is that blue/grey  screen that shows between turning on and the desktop appearing. Something amiss I fear! No time to do anything now, so I press the power button to shut down. Speedily move on to me getting home from work. I fire up the machined and after a few minutes the damn thing tells be that it is rolling back to my original set-up. The update failed! Down hearted, but not deterred, I click on the Windows update again and the whole process repeats.

Now with the echo of that film ‘Groundhog Day’ in my head, the same thing happens again. Exactly the same as before. Fail! I am now thinking that a Mac has serious possibilities. I scour the internet for possible causes of the failure, and one seems to strike a chord. Someone with an unpronounceable name that looks about 11 years old, suggests that any peripherals such as a printer or an external hard drive be unplugged. I unplug the printer and start again for the third (and as I said to the wife) final f**king time. Of course, the process needs to be left overnight to finish. Another sleepless night ensues.

It’s now 06:10 Wednesday morning and I’m tiptoeing around trying to see if the update worked. ‘B**lcks’ I say quietly. It looks like the same has happened. Same old blue/grey screen. I press the power and go off to work in not the best of moods. Fast forward again to home time. I power up the cursed machine, expecting the worst. Not at all! The thing powers up and it all looks good. A few checks, and it seems like third time lucky. The update has taken! First thing I do, is check the banking app. It works! Everything I try seems to work. Of course that stupid ‘Edge’ browser thing is still stupid, but I have updated! I survived! I can now concentrate on the real issues of the day. That being ‘Great British Bake Off’ going to Channel 4 and Angeline and Brad splitting up.

Now all I have to do, is wait for my main laptop to tell me the update is ready and it all starts again!

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4 thoughts on “I sometimes hate Microsoft … beware the Anniversary Update my friends …

  1. Hurray! I’m glad your persistence was rewarded. I now use a Mac after using PCs for years. I think it’s six and two threes. I prefer spreadsheets on a PC but design stuff on a Mac.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Susan. I have two other machine that will have to go through it. However, I am now more prepared for the stress ie have copious amounts of Famous Grouse whiskey on hand.

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  2. I’m glad you had no problems once you got it updated, but I cannot say the same thing. I have a lot of “old” games, including ones that actually came out this year just not through the Windows App Store thing. Steam has completely stopped working, when I try to open it I get a blank screen with the “loading” spinning icon in the upper right corner literally going only a single step and then starting over, over and over again. Even after leaving it on overnight it never loaded. The games I already had installed, the ones that still work, which is not nearly as many as I was hoping, take FOREVER to load. One of them somehow got the resolution reset, and when I try to change it, the time it takes to load the screen is longer than the “Are you sure you want to keep these settings” screen, so it is now physically impossible for me to change resolution so something higher than the absolute lowest setting possible. If I Alt-Tab out of ANY game, it crashes when I try to go back to it, no matter what I do. This also applies to several other (not games) programs that worked just fine in Windows 10 before the update, like my favorite recipe saving program. Everything worked beautifully before the update. Load screens were nearly nonexistent, everything would function the moment I clicked the button, etc. Not anymore.

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    1. I feel your pain, my friend, I really do. I manage four PC’s/laptops in this household, and it has been a nightmare with the older ones. Had to go back to Win 7 on one and Win 8.1 on the other because of the issues with the initial Win10. I now have had a big problem with an iPad (spit, curse) when it updated. It has taken 6 days to get that working again.

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