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Bah

I hate my computer.

This is a recent development, as until now it has been a wonderful instrument, allowing me to do as I pleased and letting me enjoy the freedom of surfing the net.

However, it had been a little sluggish over doing certain things, even with DSL, so I decided to save everything to CD and then reinstall Windows. Unfortunately, I didn't really know how to do this. I know that it was supposed to overwrite the copy that was already installed, but I thought it was supposed to clear everything else out instead. Well, I turned my computer on with the disc in the drive, and it loaded Windows and ran the CD.

Apparently, this was wrong. Only I didn't realize until after I had already run the installation screwing my computer up. My sister's girlfriend (who is the computer expert in the family), puzzled over why it hadn't cleaned everything out, told me it was supposed to boot from CD.

Well, I know how to do that, and happily turned my computer off, turned it back on and pressed the key (on my computer it's F10) to get into the BIOS where I could change it to boot from CD instead of floppy. Nothing happened. It loaded up Windows like it normally would.

So, I tried again, this time pressing the key a million times. Still it loaded Windows.

So, now I'm missing a whole GB of space, and have to not run a lot of programs, which is completely annoying. I'm constantly having to run my disk cleanup utility because of low memory. It's annoying. And I'm repeating myself, so I'd better end this rant.

Anyway, I'm not running any of my messenger programs any more, starting today, because they're contributing to the slow-down. I should probably uninstall some of them but, well, I keep thinking I'll figure out another way.

Maybe if I copy my Windows XP to floppies...I think I'll e-mail my sister about it.

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missyvortexdv
Dec. 18th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Is it a restore disk or an install disk...?
murdocsangel
Dec. 18th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
Install
missyvortexdv
Dec. 19th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Very odd then. So it just doesn't come up with any install screen etc?
murdocsangel
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, it comes up with an install screen. But only after Windows has loaded. It runs like an ordinary CD.

I think maybe my computer's just screwed up. See, I've been taking off unnecessary programs, but it doesn't give me any more disk space. Not even the ones that have like 30 mb or more. And today, after I took off some Yahoo programs, I had even less space.

And, the program doesn't seem to have been removed, because it keeps trying to tell me it needs to update.
missyvortexdv
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
Advice from my tech housemate is to see if your pc will boot from any other bootable discs, just to check if booting is working. I presume you can see it saying it's trying to boot from cd at boot up. Another problem my housemate said it could be is that bios is only giving it a small time to spin up the disc and boot fails, so if you set up more than one boot option to be from cd that might work.

As for the disk space creeping, you've emptied recycle bin obviously? Other suggestions would be to run scandisk incase it's a fault in space calculation. Defragmentation might reclaim some space as well.

Is the best advice I've got from my housemate who fixes pc's all the time. If you still can't get it working I can try and help more, I'm sure it's fixable but faults are unpredictable. Hope it goes well with sorting it out. Happy holidays! :)
murdocsangel
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you Hans!

And Happy Holidays to you too! ♥
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