Aaaaargh / Yawn / Arrrrrgggh!!!
I've had more problems this morning and have been staring at a laptop screen where everything has stopped working.
So I did the old trick of turning everything off (in this case by actually pressing the power button as everything else had stopped working) and then took out the power cable, unplugged the battery and started to sort out my older PC which had just had XP reinstalled.
At which point I found out that it was coming up with a checksum error and wouldn't boot with a wireless keyboard.........(although my lovely big screen worked fine)
So 40 minutes later I found where I'd put my old wired keyboard...........At which point I found that old PC doesn't have a socket for oldest wired keyboard!!!
So I now have to go and buy a wired keyboard to make sure I can boot the old PC so I can install the software for the wireless keyboard and mouse.
In the meantime I've dismantled the place where I put all the things I only use once in a blue moon and they are now decorating various corners of the flat - this happened before I remembered that I'd recently seen the old keyboard in a box of cables in another room.......
So having established that I needed a new keyboard - and that it was still tipping down with rain outside I returned to the laptop. Which started - but wanted to report that the new security suite was not happy. Plus I tried to install one last bit of software. Bottom line after starting in safe mode I got back to the normal screen - in safe mode.
Now we get to the point of this post (apart from me having a massive whinge about my awful morning!).
Whatever you do - if getting a new computer and learning Vista for the first time, make sure you make time to learn how to do a restore point. I fortunately did that yesterday and so restored back to that and everything started working again.
Apart from the bit where the windows security centre insists that my anti-virus is not running........whereas the security suite thinks it is. So I've now got to work out what's going on there.
But the sun has come out so I think I'll just go and get that wireless keyboard which means I can avoid putting the 'once in a blue moon' store back together again before lunch.
Whatever did we do before we had computers? I think next time I get a new one I shall take computer and all new gizmos and security software and get somebody else to set it up for me.