‘Twas a couple days of consternation and confusion. The venerable computer got confused. It would boot up just fine, but the start thingy wouldn’t work. I tried a bunch of stuff to recover, like reverting to previous set points without any joy whatsoever. Also, it wouldn’t complete a security scan with either of the security programs I have.. It said a file was missing. That is all Microsoft stuff. My question to myself was, if they knew this kind of thing could happen which is why they had recovery routines, and their program was set to require certain files to run, and if the file needed was missing a notice was provided to explain that a file was missing, well then, why the hell couldn’t or wouldn’t they just go ahead and reveal the name of the missing file?
But no! Resetting Windows was the solution, after copying all non-application files for later copying back onto the disk. A reset “loses” files, including application files. And now my Windows 10 does not resemble the Windows 10 I used to have as a result of a series of updates from the original Vista system on the machine. A venerable machine, right? And all applications have been erased including my old Office Professional. I am to use a newer Office from Microsoft, which requires me to give my name, birthday, address and a bunch of other info they need for reasons unclear but I am pretty sure are not beneficial to me. I did not answer their questions; I feared where it was trending — are you vaccinated, ever voted for a Republican, speak any languages, engage in kinky sex activities, and I don’t know what all.
Anyhow, we are back in business. I even got my screen image loaded back on, so now there’s a familiar spot picture of my bride of many years with her back to the Pacific Ocean from high above Depoe Bay in Oregon.