Friday, June 10, 2016
I re-installed Windows 7 on my laptop after it failed to update to Windows 10, 3 times.Laptop has a quad core processor, and 8 gig of ram. I put in a Samsung 250 gig SSD, and installed win7 OEM and Linux Mint 17.3. It would never get any updates. So, I started searching for a solution. Found a lot of suggestions to try, but none of them worked. Spent about 3 whole days looking. I only use it for games, and it can't even do that reliably, but being connected to the internet I wanted it to be up to date. Then on June 9, 2016, I installed a fix that actually worked. It downloaded 2 updates, and I installed them successfully. Then came 13 more and they were installed successfully. Then came 178, downloaded, and installed. They started configuring on shut down, and then on reboot they started finishing configuring. That's when it stopped. Message came up, after about 30 minutes, and said windows could not configure the updates and was reverting, removing the updates. Total time spent was 4 hours and 15 minutes. one would think that after 30+ years Microsoft would have a workable OS. I have been using Linux since 2001, and have NEVER had a surprise, It just works, flawlessly. Windows is a high maintenance OS. You have to have anti-virus, registry cleaner, adware remover, malware remover, and a defragger, and the update system is a disaster. It starts out fairly fast, but with use it starts to slow down. Boot time for win 7 on this computer runs from 30 to 60 seconds. Linux is consistently under 10 seconds, and is ready for use immediately. The hard drive light will stay on for 4 to 5 minutes after windows boots, shut down is slow, applications start slow, and do not get any quicker. There is absolutely nothing fast about Windows, and in my opinion it is a terrible operating system. I have had a computer in the house since January of 1981, Started with Commodores, got my first windows computer in 1991, and switched to Linux in 2001.