Success !

After yesterday’s debacle it was back to the internetweb for further consultation using the new error code offered by the last failure. The general consensus seemed to be as follows :

1. Delete the entire ontents of the Software Downloads Folder. Some said delete the whole folder, some said don’t delete the folder. Very helpful !

2. Do the above deleting with the computer running in safe mode.

3. Switch off or disable your security programme.  Nice !

So, first of all it was how on earth do you get into safe mode now that tapping F8 on start up no longer works ? Found that out OK. Next how do I switch off the security suite ? Lots of information about what you should be doing to be safe, but very little about how to disable the thing.

Eventually, running in safe mode the the Software Downloads folder was emptied an the laptop restarted. Then with the security suite disabled the download process was attempted once again. At this point I left the room as watching a Windows laptop downloading a large bunch of files is like watching paint dry. At 10.00 pm I checked in and it said the download was ready to install, so once again, with small hope of success the install was commenced at 10.05 pm. Once again it stuck at 8%, but by 10.32 pm it had crept up to 19% and I left it to its own devices. Checking again at 12.02 am it had reached 97% – Wow ! – but showing no sign of further improvement I left the thing and went to bed.

By this morning, about 8.30 am it was showing that it was awaiting a restart. This done I found myself very crossly being made to tick all sort of things I disagreed with which broadly speaking mean that I think I have sold my soul to Messrs Microsoft.

But the wretched thing now works and we await the next major update for the joy of doing this all over again.

But, looking on the bright side at least this one did not trash the computer, and it only took 4 days !

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Why do we do these things to ourselves ?

The Microsoft “Fall Update” – 1709 – trashed my laptop completely and I had to do a complete Windows reinstall and lose all my programmes. It is only recently that I have finally got it back to something like its old set up.

Last Sunday my laptop announced that Windows 10 “Feature Update version 1803” was ready for download.

I really should know better by now, but in a triumph of hope over experience I told it to go ahead. To my surprise, somewhat hesitantly and slowly, it did so in typical Microsoft fashion, though in fairness I have to say that once the actual 0’s and 1’s began coming down the wires, it got itself along quite speedily.

But as usual it all ended in tears when the download got to 99% complete. There it was, and there it stuck.

So, I set about asking the web what to do next. Finding a Microsoft solution I tried it, but it simply didn’t work on my laptop. The next best idea was to go into the Windows folder, find Software Downloads and to delete the contents of the folder, but not the folder itself. This I was able to do except for one file which could not be deleted because it was “in use by another programme” – but which one ?

A day later I fired up and went straight to the Software Folder and the recalcitrant file deleted easily. In triumph I went into Settings and Update and began the 1803 download all over again. It started OK but then all went pear shaped with the legend ” Feature update to Windows 10, version 1803 – Error 0x80070002″. So, back I went to ask the web what that all meant. Lots and lots of explanations (just as there were for stuck downloads) but all very complex and techy. So, with the wisdom of age (a bit late in the day) I decided to wait and see.

And Lo ! Today the error message had disappeared and I was informed that the 1803 download was complete (when did that take place I ask ?) and I could go ahead and install. So that is where we are at now. Sitting for a long time on 8%, it has now crept up to 11% so it might be finished by the time the next Microsoft disaster is released.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my other laptop running on Linux Mint Cinnamon updates it self quickly and easily most days, and I am using it now to make this post while Windows 10 is scratching itself in the corner.

Update to the update . . .

The End

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Castramon Wood . . .

A fine Sunday tempted us out for lunch and a drive around . . .

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New Fence Time . . .

The old fences were decaying with time and were held up by stays added over the years, and then some gales in the new year finished things off. so we had to break open the piggy bank.

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Trying out the NextGen Photo Gallery . . .

This is an attempt to make use of the word press gallery plugins. Several were tried including Envira and Foo but this NextGen Gallery tool seems to be the easiest (though not simple by any means !) for the likes of this author.

The photos were all taken in February 2018 and looking back over the year so far, I am amazed that we were out in sunshine that early.

Since then sunshine has been in short supply.

 

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Faffing About . . .

No, not the UK Government !

After a week or two of wondering whether we had a slow puncture or a leaking valve or what ever, the garage had the wheel off today and there was a whopping great worn down nail in the tread.

£18.00 later we hope all is well.

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Hallo ! We’re back . . .

Back in May of 2017 I tried continuing this blog on Blogger as I thought it might be easier to maintain.  In some ways it was, but the old Word Press blog needed updating on a regular basis so as not to become a security liability so here we are back again, large as life, and twice as handsome, as my Mother used to say . . .

Stay tooned . . .

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Cold, Sunny, Windy, Liveable . . .

Another cold day made to feel colder by a strong, gusty easterly wind. Bits of strato cumulus speed along but there is more blue sky than cloud. Snow flakes bounce about in the air but fortunately don’t seem to either settle, or multiply.

The photo, alas, was taken when the cloud exceeded the blue sky !
Sorry about that.

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Snow and Council Tax . . .

In The Cobbler of Preston 1716, Christopher Bullock wrote : “Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes”, so says Wikipedia and other on line references . . .

Well, here, it is, the modern version : ” ‘Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Snow and Council Tax . . . ”

A bright sunny day between the showers. The snow is not settling, but still succeeds in looking wintry.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Council Tax Bill has arrived and has been paid. So, hopefully, we are not going to be turned out just yet.

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A Monument to the Past . . .

Viaduct in the middle of nowhere . . .

The old line to Stranraer from the West Coast main line where it passed over the Big Water of Fleet.

Standing and looking at it I could not but help reflect on the tremendous waste of capital investment we have been guilty of over the years. Now everything has to go along the A75 and we don’t seem to have the money to keep it in proper repair any more. It has many potholes and people are complaining about damage to their cars. Some repairs have taken place but the ongoing bad weather has already loosened up the filling and we are fast going back to square one.

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