So, today, my laptop stopped working. Well, not the laptop itself – it started up fine, but Windows wouldn’t load. Terrible timing, really – I hate switching laptops (or anything else), and we’re still in the middle of just a crazy number of things with the reno and travel planning and life in general. I went ahead and built a laptop on Lenovo.com* for $545, but we don’t exactly have a lot of spare cash right now.
I was able to start up in Safe Mode, so I started backing up my files** while discussing the situation with DW, who offered to share her laptop for a while. In a past life, I would have just bought the new laptop and figured it out later – I don’t like being a guest on someone else’s computer, and I need something on which to manage the household. However, things have certainly changed over the past couple years, and I was coming around to using DW’s laptop until we figured out what to do.
Of course, if I can run in Safe Mode, maybe I can still do a little work on my laptop.
But wait! If I can run in Safe Mode, I can do some troubleshooting. What might have happened to tank my laptop? Since I can run my OS, it doesn’t seem to be a hard drive problem, so what else could have happened? I installed updates this morning – could something have gone wrong there?
I did a System Restore to before the updates, and, presto change-o, I’m back, baby! I have my very own laptop, and I’ve saved $545 today! Not a bad day.
Of course, updates are important to install for security reasons, but now I have lots of time to figure out what to do. And I’ve taken one more small step toward being financially independent: by fixing a tool rather than getting a new one, I’ve delayed an expense and given myself a chance to approach it in a smarter fashion. Maybe I’ll be able to keep this laptop running for a long while yet.
06/21/16: It looks like the update re-applied but didn’t wreck my laptop. Just a glitch with the original attempt?
* Lenovo laptops have good battery life, and the Lenovo site still allows you to customize a build to include Windows 7 Professional. I refuse to move to a Windows system above 7.
** I back up my files irregularly, but I did have a fairly recent backup in case all went to hell.