This will take a while
July 13, 2017 | 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.
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.
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."
"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.
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