Tag Archives: Windows

Windows 7 updates stuck (or suck)

I did fresh install of Windows 7 on both bare metal PC and in Virtual machine. Install went ok, but no updates. Checked for updates – 4hrs and still “checking…” I interrupted it.

Found a tool on the MS site which suppose to fix the problem: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9767096

10 hrs later this tool is still “Checking for updates”

Mind you that this is complete fresh install, without any 3rd party software installed, even no antivirus program.

Not sure if MS is crippling W7 to push everybody to W10 or is plain ignorance and incompetence. If there is a problem with connectivity or some server is unavailable – how hard is to check that and say so. Could be some system file locked by another part of the OS – I am speechless. read more

Windows Nagware Gets Nasty

I have an old laptop running Windows 7. Everything was fine till last week. The moment I run Microsoft updates, CPU utilization jumps to 100% and stays there. Machine is completely unusable. After a while it fills up my hard drive as well.

I scanned for viruses and trojans, but nothing was detected. Only svchost.exe jumps to 100% CPU usage, so that was my first suspicion. Next I cleared Event Viewer as Microsoft suggests in such cases – no luck.

I don’t use this Windows much (the next partition hosts a Linux distribution), so I didn’t alocate too much free space, but so far was ok. Now Microsoft keeps downloading the new Windows 10 without asking for permition, but is stupid enough to check for the free disk space. read more

How I Met Linux

It was 1998, I was working in a large corporation using Novell Netware, mostly DOS, Windows 3.11 for Workgroups, some Windows 95. A co-worker brought in his laptop with nice desktop – turned out was RedHat Linux 5. He showed me our file server mounted nicely as part of the laptop’s file system, transferring files back and forth in couple of terminal windows, was reading a PDF document in another window and desktop was very responsive even while formatting a floppy disk (at that time Windows was unusable during formatting even till Windows XP era). He was checking his email, browsing internet, FTP files from his home computer. He telnet to our Solaris server. read more