Friday afternoon, I started my PC and when I came back it was shut down. Assuming a momentary lapse of memory I switched it on again. The boot screens passed and the little cursor started to wink, then went out, and my PC shut down. Panic!
I tried to get into Safe Mode but couldn't. I booted from my W98SE CD and it seemed my hard disks and data were still there.
But how to get at it..?
After trying umpteen different things I decided to sleep on it for the night.
The next day I located my XP Pro disk and copied all of my old Windows directory to my E: drive. Or so I thought...
I fired up the XP disk, wiped the old C: disk, and watched everything install like the proverbial charm. Once XP was up and running, I decided to chuck a whole bunch of applications I hardly ever used, and started installing the stuff I needed. FireFox was item number one...but...where id my favourites go?
Thunderbird came next and it offered to open a fresh account for me when I fired it up. Hmmm... I could understand that, but...where was my mailbox? Oh wait, that must be in my old Windows folder.
Sadly it wasn't. Neither were my bookmarks and my Photoshop Album catalog... It turned out the XCOPY32 had copied across about half the directories of the old windows folder, but not the bits I wanted most. I took a deep breath, sighed and continued installing stuff.
At least my photos were still there, and that, after all, is what counts
So now I'm running XP, and so far: I'm pleased with it. It even looks as if some applications, like PSE2, actually work better under XP.
1985 - Spain/France; 1986 - Alpi Orobico; 1988 - Spanish Meseta; 1989 - Pyrenees; 1991 - Turkey; 1992 - Egypt; 1993 - Eastern USA; 1995 - Syria and Jordan; 1996 - India and Nepal; 1999 - China and Tibet; 2000 - Friesland; 2001 - Mexico and Guatamala; 2003 - Ardennes; 2004 - Delmarva and Idaho; 2005 - Los Angelos.