I didn’t do a backup when we installed Window 7 (for the second time) on Tuesday night.
As Mike pointed out, I had a fully paid-up, Windows 7 Professional (OEM) disk. So, I could always restore from that.
I am still testing the Windows 7 machine. I will not use it for my ‘production’ work for at least a month.
Last night, I was looking around … the START menu has a ‘Getting Started’ option right at the top. Looked at that. One option was “Backup your files”. I looked out of curiosity. I would never use it, but wanted to see what it promised. (I backup my files, manually, each night to GoDaddy.com online file folder. Plus, all my PCs have dual physical drives. I don’t trust RAID. Something else to go wrong. I manually back up files from C: to D: as I go along … during the day. This has been my regime for the last 8 years. Seems to have worked.)
I was not happy. But, in away it was also a relief. Windows 7 was no longer too good to be true (or to use the Wall St. jargon de jour ‘too big to fail). Microsoft was being true to form.
I immediately Googled the error. (I thought about using Bing … but though MS might filter the results). Sure enough … others were having the same problem … RECENTLY. Like Oct. 26. So two days before I discovered my bug.
I will try and get it fixed. Not a big deal for me. Just bummed that MS did this to me again. I paid $149 for Windows 7.
I haven’t received many awards in my life. But, one I did receive was from IBM … way back … like 1978. It was for writing a ‘Comprehensive Test Plan.’ It was a test plan for testing right-to-left languages, think Hebrew, on a display system. I had written up about 128 separate test scenarios, divided into various categories. The Q&A folks used my test plan. When the product shipped, we hardly had any complaints … and changing the total directional orientation of a screen, with automatic overrides for left-to-right … isn’t trivial. (I also, one night, wrote the microcode for a 4 key SHIFT for these keyboards. Look at the ‘Shift’ keys on your keyboard. Now visualize TWO shift keys on each end … marked Shift 1, Shift 2, Shit 3 & Shift 4. Testing these four shits alone required a 48 page test script. But I wrote the code in about 4 hours, from 8pm to 2am one night … working late. That was IBM, late 1970s. Testing was paramount. We said our displays worked on coax cables 1 mile long. I got them to test that. We were out looping a mile worth of cables around the building.) So, I am old school IBM. Test the damns things to death before you ship them. It wasn’t like they didn’t have enough time or testers. Why I have never owned MS stock. (Yes, I have done consulting work for MS … but not recently.)
My satisfaction with Windows 7 is now in he 70% range.
Thanks. Hope this helps.