June 30, 2008
Wall-E Doesn't Remember

And let that be a lesson to you. Never, no matter what you think of your super-awesome sysadmin skillz, turn off a Vista computer before it shuts itself down. Otherwise you end up having to start all over from scratch. Just because you got away with it twice during your XP days...

Well, if nothing else, that nagging suspicion that I might've had some spyware snuck onto this thing is now well and truly laid to rest.

On a lighter note, kudos to Dell for putting a recovery partition on this thing big enough for me to "lifeboat" the vacation photos over just before the TitaniC: went down. The 40 GB of porn... well...

Let the updating begin!!!

Posted by scott at June 30, 2008 06:19 PM

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So VISTA can't handle a cold "drop back and punt" boot? What happens in a power failure?

Shit, I think I'll just stick with XP, thanks very much...

Posted by: Mark on June 30, 2008 08:51 PM

Nah, what I did to it was much nastier than that. I powered it down before it was completely shut down. 99 times out of 100, XP would take this brutality without a whimper. The 1% failure was fixed with an XP install disk.

Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, do not really seem to sell install disks anymore, and what comes with an OEM install wasn't up to the task when my shiny Vista computer's head fell off.

Posted by: scott on July 1, 2008 10:57 AM
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