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The continuing saga of a dying computer

Image result for windows 10 blue screen of deathAfter yesterday’s excitement (not good excitement mind you), I finally have the PC back up and running. Yes, yes, yes. I know Macs never have this issue. I’m a PC type of guy. I doubt I’ll ever change.

So I wound up reinstalling Windows 10. Then reconfigured Windows. Then reinstalled all my apps. Then reconfigured all my apps. Argh! Lots of time lost.

Thankfully, no data lost. Jay (yes, the J in JR is short for Jay, thrilling, I know) is a chronic paranoid and backs up data. The SSD that’s the master boot disk, and the one that was corrupted, only holds windows and the applications. All data, my documents, my downloads, my pictures, my music…you get the point, are all on other drives. Much of that data is backed up on external drives. So yeah, in the event of a catastrophic event, I could somewhat easily recover.

And recover I have. And, by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary full of loathing and self-doubt and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence, at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy mixed-up universe of ours, there’s still a little place called…Albuquerque

There’s always room for Weird Al lyrics in a blog post, I feel.

So more news? Probably not tonight. Jay needs to get to that writing stuff I wasn’t able to get to last night. It’s waiting for me, calling my name. And it’s also more of the news I’ll tell you about tomorrow!

Until Next Time!


P.S. Don’t forget I’m still in a book bundle This deal won’t last forever!

Windows 10 and the saga of msointl.dll

Windows 10 decided I had far too much time on my hands. So, it restarted my PC stating “Windows has encountered a problem and is restarting.”

Well, wonderful. It was quite odd, but hey, why not. Restarting sounds like a good time.

When the computer came back up, there was no internet connection. Well, gee, isn’t that odd. There was also no sound. I got an error “msointl.dll is missing” when I tried to open any MS Office applications. It didn’t seem like there was only one problem.

So I browsed several sites that gave me great advice, unfortunately, none of it worked. I couldn’t get the network to troubleshoot because I’d lost permission to diagnostic service policy. I could open some apps, but for the most part, everything appears to have been corrupted.

SO! I tried to to a recovery, a reset, a restore. All of those also failed. Each gave me very specific errors like “Windows cannot complete the reset.” or “Windows cannot perform a recovery at this time.”

Now I’m not throwing hate at Windows right now. This is the first major OS crash I’ve ever had with windows. It’s just frustrating that as I’m the busiest I’ve been in some time with my writing, something like comes by and throws me for a loop.

I do have more than one PC, yes, but I need THAT PC up and running for many more reasons than just Gee, I’d like to be on that PC. So I’m downloading Windows 10, and will soon be reinstalling Windows on the PC. I did back up all my files. Once the install is done I can download all the apps again. I’ll probably lose my bookmarks as the PC no longer boots. But these things happen from time-to-time. It’s best to always be prepared for the worst.

Need a distraction from something like this? Why not check out a great ebook bundle! There are far more exciting things to do than read about me crashing a PC. 🙂