if ain’t broke…

December 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm 5 comments

if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

how many times have i heard that saying before? still, i never learn to listen. the lure of new technology always does me in.

many of you might be wondering what happened to me. I haven’t been visiting your blogs lately. i know some of you would say, who cares? after all, i’m not prince harry. but it does mean a lot to me. i’ve missed your posts like a fish out of water. ok, that’s quite a stretch. i should stop now while i’m still ahead.

for the past couple of weeks, i’ve spent most of my free time upgrading my aging desktop. after being bombarded by windows 8 ads on tv and being brainwashed in the process, i just couldn’t hold it any longer.

when i bought the pc in 2007, it came with windows vista home premium. which i later upgraded to windows vista ultimate and then to windows 7 ultimate. since i didn’t encounter any major hiccups during those upgrades, i thought upgrading to windows 8 would be a no-brainer. i was wrong. it turned out to be more problematic than i thought.

there are three upgrade options available:

  1. keep all applications and personal settings
  2. keep your personal settings only
  3. don’t keep anything (clean install)

to start, i chose option 1 (keep all applications and personal settings). it didn’t work. the installation would abort after more than an hour of chugging along and revert the pc back to its original state. i searched the internet for solutions that i could find. these included uninstalling softwares, disabling drivers, stopping all non-microsoft applications, disabling firewalls and antivirus softwares. i’m telling you, i tried everything short of smashing the pc with a hammer, but no cigar. after hours of frustrated attempts and sleepless nights, i had to give up.

i then tried option 3 (a clean install) to salvage whatever pride i had left in my technical prowess. this time, it worked. but what about all the applications on the pc? it would be a pain to reinstall them including all the upgrades. luckily, i found a utility that would do it for me. it’s called pc mover that allowed me to move my applications and settings to the new windows 8 operating system. however, it wasn’t perfect. norton internet security stopped working and symantec support had to remotely commander my pc to fix it. in addition, my main e-mail account got corrupted and the internet provider had to reset it for me.

after converting to windows 8, i also found that some of my favorite applications like norton ghost don’t work anymore. as far as windows 8 is concerned, they are history.

truth to tell, windows 8 looks great with all those colorful tiles. at the same time, i don’t think it’s ready for prime time. it’s still buggy with all the chinks needed to be ironed out. why, even the latest and the greatest desktops and laptops are having problems with it. microsoft should be ashamed for getting it out of the door too soon.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. elya2011  |  December 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Reblogged this on elya2011.

  • 2. sekyal  |  December 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Sorry you had those problems. I upgraded my PC that is from 2008 and had Vista to begin with and went to 7 and now 8. I had no issues with the install and I chose option 2.
    I agree there are some rough spots in Windows 8 but overall I am quite pleased with it. It is expected at this early point that some software isn’t compatible, but there is a program that runs during the install that is supposed to point out any incompatible programs (would be nice if this were available separately).

    • 3. plaridel  |  December 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm


      don’t get me wrong, i just feel that it’s been released too soon. i think windows 8 has great potential. i won’t even be surprised if the tile concept becomes the standard that apple would have no choice but to adopt it in the near future.

      by the way, i reviewed the windows 8 upgrade assistant report for clues, but it didn’t help. now, i’m having problems installing the kb2756872 update as many others who are running windows 8. it’s a major update that i guess i can live without at the moment.

  • 4. AC  |  December 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Nosebleed. 😀
    Go get a new pc! Heheh 😀

    • 5. plaridel  |  December 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm


      a new pc isn’t the solution if the operating system is bad. if there’s a redeeming value to this episode, it’s the fact that it prevented me from buying the Lenovo laptop/tablet combo for Christmas. 🙂


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