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♫One ::pantpantpant:: bottle of beer on the wall, ::pantpantpant:: ONE bottle of beer...♫
Been a busy-bee couple of days- much of it involving bleeping electronics.

The remote I sank into the briny deep has now stopped working again, and a factory-original replacement for it appears to cost close to half what the flippin' DVR cost in the first place.  There are much cheaper multimodel versions and I will try ordering one of those first.

Most of the past days' efforts have gone into resuscitating Eleanor's laptop from a backlog of uninstalled Windows updates.  Among them was/were the one/ones which should have automatically upgraded it to 8.1- the only version of that generation which Microsoft still supports.  When we started this over the weekend, there were over 170 of them awaiting download and installation.  Doing all of them at once simply caused the thing to hang.  So I tried doing it by category; more hanging. Finally, come Sunday morning I decided the only sure way to do this was one at a time.  Repeat the following, up to 170 times:

- Open Windows Update. (This itself is not an easy feat in 8-land, where you Start in "Metro" format and get no link to the update section without about 10 different clicks.  A desktop shortcut got that down to two each time.)
- Click the "select updates" choice.
- Unclick the entire list (one keystroke, fortunately), then drop to the bottom and check the oldest.
- Hit "install."
- Pray.

The first one took. Yay! It also required a restart, as more than half of them ultimately did.  By Sunday night, we were closing in on 100 remaining.  Then I started getting cute and experimenting with how many I could do at a time: usually more than five, sometimes just over 10.  By last night, the count was down for the count into the 50s, and we'd crossed over into.... The Upgrade Zone.

OK, her background colour is orange, but that's the text

That 10 thing wasn't happening; Eleanor's laptop already got it and it had to be rolled back because, HP, but there's that 8.1 link on the left.  Earlier tries to get this downgraded upgrade through the Store had failed, because it insisted we install all the updates first. This time, though, it let me try-

-and fail:P  "Something happened"- sounds real technical, like what Marcia Brady used to say when trying to get out of a date.

Nothing on any official Microsoft site about it, but the Windows Club (which I would've liked to use to pummel more than one Microsoft-running computer over the years) revealed a simple five-minute fix involving four DOS commands and a folder deletion.  And when I left home at lunchtime today, all the updates were on and 8.1 was installing.

Take your Turing test and shove it, Windows. We're still smarter than you:P
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yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: October 19th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
yay for getting the update to install!
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: October 19th, 2016 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I've given up on updating... :P

(btw, can you poke Em about the cover? We're trying to finish this book ASAP).
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