This will take a while

Working on updates
"This will take a while" — truer words were never pixeled onto my screen

| I knew something was up as soon as I sat down at my desk this morning. That little red light that indicates disk activity was solid. That's never a good sign.

disk activity indicator light

Then it took Thunderbird email a very long time to load. It also took forever for Quicken to start and load my data file, but that's not at all unusual but appears to be a standard prized feature of the latest version of Quicken.

Hardly had I begun checking the newspapers to see what fresh atrocities had been committed overnight when my screen was overtaken by a popup announcing that Windows was ready to install a new update, and did I want to do it now or choose a time. I chose a time: 8:30am.

At 8:15am Windows once again intruded to say that it was ready to install the updates, did I want to do it now or wait? How inconsiderate is that? I gave it a time, but still it interrupted me to hurry up and get it over with. OK, fine. At 8:15am, the process began.

Your PC will restart several times
At least that much was not false advertising

Two hours later - two hours! - the laptop rebooted itself again and this time the screen switched to blue with yet another message, "This might take several minutes."

This might take several minutes
No sh*t!

"Several minutes" turned out to mean twelve minutes, at which point Edge started to display the announcement that I was now in possession of Windows 10 Creators Update.

Welcome
This is what I was waiting for?!?!?!

WTF? I bided my time for over two hours, pacing the floor and drinking six cups of coffee, and this is the best you've got? I can save tabs in Edge (which I don't ever use in the first place) and Microsoft Paint can now do 3-D?

After doing nothing with Paint for years and years and years, Microsoft added 3-D functionality, but I still can't set "portrait" as the default paper orientation for printing? What's up with that?

When everything was done, I checked to see what had been wrought. The Windows directory (C:\Windows) contained 109,005 files and 65,060 folders. Of all those files, 12,168 are stamped with today's date, over 11% of the files. In other words, a substantial update in terms of code. In terms of functionality and usability — not so much.

 

 

Last updated on Jul 13, 2017

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