In New Laptop Hades, Or How I Learned to Love Windows 8 (Not)

downloadIt’s an HP Pavillion with a terrabyte of memory (rich bitch) and a 17″ screen and RAM and Core i3 Intel processor. It was on sale, it was in the store. Staples loaded Microsoft 365, transferred files, and offered a complete protection package (it might even come with condoms, I didn’t look…yet).

Ima in purty good shape for the shape I’m in. 

windows-8.11-590x330But oh #gawdhavemercyonmysoul, what brain trust decided Windows 8.1 was the next big thing in operating systems. Come on, guys… Really?


2000px-Cloud_computing_icon.svgYes, I have plenty of room for all of my files, but they do this thing with the Cloud and with sharing sh*t and stuff I don’t give a rat’s patootie about, and getting around is like a living hell and all I want to do is sit in a corner and suck my thumb (do not offer other suggestions, with enough liquor in me, who knows what might happen?).

I spent 14 hours yesterday getting the beast functioning, if not exactly functional. The big hurdle has been dealing with Adobe to re-acquire programs purchased and downloaded off their website. I wrote down the serial/keys and the usual info in a notebook (yay me), but for Acrobat X Std, I had purchased it when I ran a publishing house so I used that email, which is now defunct.

HC-chat-rep-620x344Ergo: hello chat service rep. Nice fellow, very polite. We did a few getting to know you rounds, then I got bumped to tech support, level 2, and I knew I should have gone to the bathroom first because, well… you know. After nearly coming to blows (or exchanging rings, it was a close call) the upshot is: I can’t do the password change they demand, and the nice young man didn’t have the clearance for doing that operation on my behalf, so I’m getting bumped to another level.

For that I will wait 24-48 hours before finding out what’s next.

download (1)Adobe products are hellishly expensive so I’m not letting this one go. No way, no how. Meantime the free Acrobat download will have to do.

But I have hope.



Meantime, I’m taking photos with the Air2 tablet camera while I wait for this ‘n that to load.


About Nya Rawlyns

Crossing boundaries, taking no prisoners. Write what’s in your soul. It’s the bass beat, the heartbeat, the lyrics rude and true. Nya Rawlyns is the pseudonym of a writer who cut her teeth on sports-themed romantic comedy and historical romances before finding her true calling in the wilderness areas she has visited but calls “home” in that place that counts the most: the heart. She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or two pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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4 Responses to In New Laptop Hades, Or How I Learned to Love Windows 8 (Not)

  1. M. Peters (@MPetersDesires) says:

    From all I’m hearing about it, Windows 8 is a PC-box’s version of a Mac. If you have your brain wired that way (as I do not), you will be fine. Meg would survive. She might even do very well with it. Me, I’d be feverishly trying to find the copy of Windows XP a friend sent us after an ex roommate decided, in all of her perennial wisdom, that taking out the battery on Meg’s old laptop while it was still powered up (if frozen) would be a wonderful thing to do. Would I care that they no longer provide tech service or updates? NOPE. Better than shelling out Gods only know how much to roll it back to Windows 7 (which, last I checked around July of last year, is still possible).

    Here’s hoping it all comes out well for you, Diane!


    • Nya Rawlyns says:

      Not for long. I almost got my hands on a Win 7 model but before the ink was dry, they removed it from the catalog!


  2. Scarlet Darkwood says:

    I despise Windows 8.1. Truly have learned to appreciate Macs at this point. Wish it was the “norm.”


    • Nya Rawlyns says:

      I have a Mac also, Scarlet, but for publishing purposes, it just doesn’t cut it. Plus I really don’t like Pages or their folder system.
      Horses for courses, I always say.



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