I had been having some problems with my computer lately, I have no idea what caused it, but I was running XP Pro for about 5 years without a single re-install, which must be a record of some type. But the screen would get a bunch of lines on it after any given amount of time, forcing a reboot. Totally impossible to get anything done.
Well, it must be software then, the problem now being I can either re-install XP, or try Windows 7 since that is where I will have to update to within 6 months anyways. Out I go to get Windows 7 Pro, and more than $2,000 later, it is finally installed and working.
Upon installing it, I had network driver issues from hell. Who knew a Linksys wireless G PCI card wouldnt work with Win7? What kind of moronic OS development team made it where one of the most prolific network card manufacturers products wouldn’t work? Answer: Microsoft! But since I used the word “moronic” we all knew that was coming, right? Ok, read a lot online about the various woes of people with that card, and I upgraded to a D-Link N card, that seemed better. Only, it wasnt. But I knew, from what I read online the network card was correct. Could it possibly be my Linksys router? I mean, really, a router is a router right? Nope! I replaced the router with a Netgear one and BAM, it works great on the network now. Spiffy! Time to start installing software finally.
That’s right, installing software, because for some dumb-ass reason you can’t upgrade from XP to Win7, they expect you to have had 2×4 to the head and actually used Vista.
Start installing software, and the first reboot, the computer doesn’t come back up. Not only that, the primary hard drive isnt even seen by the BIOS anymore. WTF!!!??? How did Win7 just kill a Seagate HD? I have no idea, but it did. Off I go to purchase new hard drives. This time, I got two, so I can RAID 1 them, “ah ha!” I will show you Microsoft, I will fix your stupidity with hardware. RAID array created, Windows 7 installed (again), and now I can start installing software.
But wait, Adobe CS2 isnt supported by Windows 7, so, $1,699 later, I am the extremely annoyed owner of CS4 Web Premium, a supported version of the ridiclously priced yet required by everyone software suite.
I get everything re-installed, except for my document management software, Source Link. It seems those retards over there won’t reissue a CD key without a $60 fee, “because that is how we control the licenses”. “Why do I use your software again”, I wonder as I am re-downloading games from EA, Quickbooks, NuSphere, and a ton of other software that doesnt require me to pay them to reinstall their software on the same computer. Clearly everyone else has figured it out, even Microsoft and Adobe! And get this, I get to upgrade as well to SourceLink 2010 in order to have it supported as well.
So, what is the final tab you ask….
$200 for Windows 7
$350 for 2 Hard Drives
$70 for Network Card
$70 for Router
$1700 for Adobe CS4
$50 for new McAfee
$169 for SourceLink
Total: $2,609 plus tax for the privelege, nay honor, nay ass raping that is Windows 7. I bow to Microsoft’s superior skills at making their products part of everyday life, because both I am in awe I spent that much, and bowing is about all I can do since I won’t be sitting for at least week, or until the bleeding stops.
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