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Got my computer back now. Microsoft Windows 10 updates are the spawn of the devil.
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Or, if I need to shut off the machine, right now, but windows decides that’s a wonderful time to install an update… it’s like, damn, I don’t have to option to even defer it to the next boot. (My desktop is dual boot, linux vs windows, and a quirk of the motherboard lets me use a slider switch to choose between the two.)
If you get fed up with windows, one can try one of the Linux distributions (Mint is a typical “safe” choice). Mine, Gentoo, is very rough, however, it doesn’t mess around when I tell it to do something; ie, shutting down doesn’t bog me down with all those “do you want to save” or other dialogs, it shuts down as instructed.
No wonder I have a headache. Microsoft is enough to give anyone a headache.
For a short while, with win 7 and 8.1, they seemed to start getting it right, so much so that I had switched my desktop to windows due to a rather intractable technical difficulty that made Linux really tough to get working properly (new hardware and something I hadn’t dealt with before), and this was after more than a decade with Linux. However, they soon began pushing windows 10, very aggressively, effectively forcing the switch, and that told me enough to double my efforts to get Linux back. Once I can afford new hardware, I’m divorcing the two, and will go back to dedicated separate linux/windows machines. (I still need windows, from time to time, both for games and tax software.)