Updating Round and Round and Round…

You know that old saying “I don’t know whether to shit or go blind”?

That’s been my mantra for the last couple of weeks here. You know about the old laptop problems I’ve had and how I solved that problem (sort of). So I got my new laptop, now lovingly known as “Esme,” and was cruising along with her just fine, until yesterday!

Or rather, until a few days ago.

It’s all about the updates. The updates will be the death of me, I fear. Not eating a cinnamon bun for breakfast, or eating the occasional bacon in my BLT, and not even having a pizza for supper every 3 or 4 weeks.. but these infernal Windows Updates will do me in – I am convinced of this.

So as succinctly as I can manage the story, this is what happened. I can’t remember which day this was, but the other day I had turned my Esme OFF and when I did that, it started to upload the updates. The screen said that I was not to turn off the power or unplug the machine as it was “updating.” It also said it was already up to “38 of 106” updates.. and the little circle thing showing it was doing this was spinning away.

OK. I sat there and waited. Well, I did other things, but time marched by, and more time marched by, and I’d come back and it was still sitting there, spinning, and saying “38 of 106” updates… no movement at all.

Hours went by… no movement.

I got very nervous. It was all happening all over again! I could not do anything with Esme (this was all before she had her new name, BTW…). So there I was again, stuck without the use of my computer.

Being an independent one who does not like to follow the crowd (or rules sometimes), I waited until it drove me to distraction and I finally pressed the on/off button and turned it off.

Bad decision.

It all went haywire. Very similar to what happened to my old (now defunct) laptop, but not quite as bad. I’d get a black screen with options… etc. I fiddled all around and finally clicked on “Safe Mode” (I was somewhat familiar with that from a long time ago), and in there I found that I could revert back to a previous date on the computer, and it gave me about 5 or 6 choices of dates, so I chose the day before… the least number of days ago… to go back to.

Finally, after about an hour of that, my Esme was working again. I cheered. I breathed a big sigh of relief. She wasn’t broken.

I spent the next couple of days sailing along, until yesterday when I thought I’d shut her down to kind of reset everything.

Bad decision. Well, it wasn’t really… but it led to what happened next…

It said it would be update and that I should not turn off the power or shut it off because it was UPDATING! It was on 70 of 106 updates…

Oh no!

I sat and watched that for a while… I freaked out a lot. I lost all hope of a good outcome. That “70” then miraculously turned to “71” and I said “OK, Esme… that’s all I needed – to know you are moving along…”

But that was all she moved… that was around 1 p.m. yesterday. I watched that screen stay right there for all afternoon and finally after 4:00 or so, I got Bob over here (my new computer guru) and asked him if this were “normal.”

He said yes, but I needed to know more specifics.

It turns out (and you all may know this already, I am just not too swift on these computer details), that since my new laptop is a Windows 7 model, it has been in existence since probably 2010 or 2011, just sitting somewhere waiting to be adopted by me. So for 4 or 5 years, Windows has been issuing Updates left, right, and center and none of those updates have ever been put into Esme… until yesterday.

Bob said it would take a long time for all the updates, one file at a time, to be completely uploaded (or downloaded – whatever!) so I should just let it do its job. Leave it alone.

That is what I did. By the time we went up to bed at around 9:30, the screen said it was up to 91 of 106 updates… all that time to go 20 more upticks.

This morning I came down and Esme was “off” (just as Bob said it should be), and I turned her on and she hummed back to life properly.


I guess now when there are updates, they shouldn’t take so long loading in… now that all the 4-5 years of original ones have been added.

So I learned a big lesson in all of this. When your computer screen says to NOT do something… DON’T do it! Follow directions!

That’s all I’ve got for now. This may have been the most boring entry I’ve ever done. But it’s my journal and I wanted to memorialize these events here for myself.

Oh, and by the way, Nora… if your internet was “down,” how were you able to put the comment into my previous entry? And yes, when your internet goes down, you are most definitely allowed to curse! Heaven knows I do it all the time here myself!

I also would like to send a big THANK YOU out to Bob K., my neighbor across the street, for coming over when I’ve needed help and for giving me his sage advice.





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10 Responses to Updating Round and Round and Round…

  1. Susan Honthumb says:

    I can use a windows operating system, but I prefer a Mac. I’ve had at least six or seven laptops over the years, and my main problems is that I just run them into the ground, especially keyboards. First the names of the letter get worn down. My last computer, which I use for backing up, had problems with the track pad; a mouse works, but it gave me a good excuse to buy a new one.
    I have never seen the phrase about shitting or going blind. My dad’s favorite phrase was about being so crazy that he didn’t know if he was coming or going.


  2. crochetlady says:

    Have to listen to the computer! You don’t know what they’ll do next.


  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    Eric, you might want to visit a friend – or a McDonalds – the next time you want to update.


  4. Sleeps_With_Rocks says:

    The Internet came back on after being off for some time.


  5. Eric Mayer says:

    Nightmare! I don’t like the attitude displayed by Windows/Microsoft, intrusively shoving stuff at you, but I’m not sure Macs are any better in that regard. We have a potentially massive problem looming here. We’re stuck with dial-up and I am afraid if/when we need to go to Windows 10 — which I understand forces updates on you whether you want them or not — we’ll no longer have Internet access to speak of. Because Windows updates are too big to ever finish downloading on dial-up and while big files are downloading there’s not enough bandwidth left to do anything. I loved computers when they were simpler!


  6. Sandy Freel says:

    To bad you have so much going on with new one…I changed over to windows 10 when it came up and love it now…I have it on all my computers now..enjoy 7 while you can before they make you go to 10


  7. Bonnie says:

    I learned awhile back when Windows says don’t do something, don’t. 🙂


  8. WendyNC says:

    And now that you have all your Win 7 updates, you’re ready for Win 10. Get ready for the ride!


  9. TopsyTurvy says:

    Well, that had me holding my breath wondering what would happen. What a mess, but at least it turned out okay!

    I’m not the best in adding in updates. I’ve had 70-100 show up when it happens, and yes they can take a long time. Only thing is I never shut my computer off and the computer must ask me if it can update, so I’ve never had to worry about that.

    Since you like to turn off your computer and have been caught twice now with it updating, maybe you should go into the Windows Update settings and have it ask you when it wants to update. If you set it to ask permission you won’t have that problem anymore.


  10. Wow, that is a lot of time spent updating! Best to do it overnight as you did. I think I probably have spent just as much time updating since 2011, but in little bits and pieces. I usually check for updates about once a week. Actually, I could just let the computer automatically install the updates, but I don’t like it “phoning home” without me to supervise, so I do it manually. My pet peeve is the updates for the browser add on that allows Netflix to work, it always decides to let me know I need to update when Attila and I are just sitting down to enjoy a little bit of viewing pleasure, very annoying, but necessary.


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