I'm going to hijack this old thread to give all y'all an update on my computer problems this past week.
First off, Monday PM, my power went off for about 5 minutes (don't know why) and when it came back on, and my computer rebooted, I had no mouse. Regardless of which of several mice I tried, nothing worked, so I figured it was corrupted files somewhere. So, I took the PC to my service tech. He told me that it would probably be ready Tuesday PM.
Long story short, he called me late Tuesday and told me that the hard drive had several damaged sectors and that he was doing what he could to recover data and software. He would install new hard drive and recovered "stuff" and have the PC back to me sometime Friday. So, I picked up PC on Friday. Tech told me he had probably recovered 85% to 90% of my data, but had limited success on the software. So, anyway, I've been re-installing software and/or downloading and re-installing software since then. Most of the data seems to be there and OK.
Re-installed Norton first, then Quicken. Important software now running fine. Secondary software in process. . .WordPerfect, MS Word, Steam, Real Player, Adobe flash, Adobe reader. Steam games to come next as soon as I can get access to them Other games after that.
Why do software companies make it so difficult to re-install software after a hard drive crash. It should be as simple as confirming purchase date, or logging into software site and re-downloading. But, no. . .they've got to have that 16 to 24 digit security key re-entered into their software download process. I mean, who writes down and keeps track of the software keys once you've installed software originally. And, if the software is out-of-date, they're going to try and encourage you to update to latest bells and whistles, even though the software you've been using is good and you don't need the latest and greatest.
So, the process goes on
Thank goodness for lap tops so I could keep up with Scotty's broken bones, and Pastol's ogling of Scotty's bones and BJ's gorgeous landscapes
My mind is software; I will reprogram it.
My body is a shell; I will modify it.
Death is a disease; I will cure it.
Extinction is ever-looming; I will fight it.