I haven’t actually mentioned it here yet, but my poor computer died about a week ago. Going a few weeks back before that, I had started getting a lot of run-time errors, a lot of system freezing, and certain crucial system processes failing upon startup. I haven’t been able to access anything on it reliably in some time.
And then starting about a week ago, it happened: I wasn’t able to open it up at all. The system would hit a Windows startup error and fail to go any further, sticking in an endless loop of failures and restarts. Attempts to find and restore the ghost image failed, as did attempting to boot it off of the CD. Gone.
Anyway, my dad is coming to London tomorrow to help me get it operational. On the agenda: downgrading back to XP. Oh, and also, perhaps dual-booting with Linux and working on cutting my dependence on Windows altogether. And about time, too, I miss not having my own system anymore.