Breaking in a new laptop


And the moral of this particular story: don’t transfer over to a new laptop (or PC) after 9:00 pm. Because here it is, midnight, and I’m STILL getting everything set up.

I’m so thankful I’ve been using Chrome, though. Once I downloaded it then entered my account details, it was almost like being back home again! All my add-ons are here, my bookmarks and the passwords I’d saved (most of them, anyway – the important ones I keep in Roboform). And even my history! It was nice being able to type just a few letters and having the usual sites pop into the URL window.

And of course, the important programs:

Windows Live Writer (which I’m writing this on right now) gave me the most problems. It took forever for it to show up after I clicked on it after installation. I took so long, in fact, that I had already clicked Uninstall in the Uninstall Programs window, thinking I had my download had been corrupted and I needed to reinstall it again (have I mentioned, patience is not particular virtue of mine?).

A bit of time was spent trying to figure out how to transfer all the templates I’d already made for the Dynamic Template plugin for Windows Live Writer over to the new laptop (turned out it was as easy as copying the old templates (found under AppData/WLWTemplates in the old computer) and uploading them to Dropbox where I could then install them on the new laptop.

In the past, I’ve had to buy new laptops or PCs in an emergency situations – you know, where your current laptop has gone kaput and you’re stuck without any sort of computer except some old netbook that takes ten minutes to boot up. This time around, I’ve been rather lucky. My laptop has been on its last legs for a while, and I’ve known this time would come. So I’ve been more or less prepared. And as it happens, the book-reading demon’s laptop was in an even worse state than mine (it was about six years old, which in computer age, I gather, is rather decrepit) and we were already on the lookout for a good sale price for a laptop for him.

We found one, it looked rather good, so we decided to buy two. And it was a good thing, too. It turns out my old one was just hanging in there for me, because once I got all the files transferred to the external hard drive, it started acting all funky – I couldn’t even open up Chrome.

I still have to download iTunes. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that will work out okay. I don’t want to get to bed too late. Trying to be a sort of morning person and everything, right?

I promised myself I wouldn’t complain about Windows 8. So here I am, not complaining about Windows 8. (I’m kidding – it’s actually not as bad as I’d anticipated. Maybe that’s the key to a smooth transition to something new – have very low expectations.)

And hey! I’m now scheduling posts, so I’m writing this the night before! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while …

Don’t you just hate all the work of transferring over to a new computer/laptop, even though you’re happy you’ve got a new one? And do you schedule your posts?

8 thoughts on “Breaking in a new laptop

  1. Elizabeth

    I’m breaking in a new laptop too, but in an emergency. It’s my first time not having everything transfer easily. I use Chrome, but Google is doing something weird and I can’t find anywhere in settings to fix it. When I do a search I see my results quickly, then the page changes and its about 5 ads above my hits. Very annoying. Have you ever experienced this?

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      How frustrating! My younger son had this happen with his laptop once. I’m not sure if that’s what’s happening with yours, but his turned out to be malware. Every time he tried to search Google he got ads and was being redirected all over the place, too. We used a program called MalwareBytes to get rid of it.

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    True, you didn’t complain about Windows 8.
    I always start early when setting up a new computer. Doesn’t matter that I’ve done it dozens of times – something always goes wrong. Glad yours is working.

  3. Suey

    I’m hoping I don’t have to do it for awhile, and hopefully not until after Windows nine (or whatever they’ll call it) comes out which someone told me will be maybe a year. We’ll see! Good luck get used to your new one!

  4. Teddyree

    You’re keeping good company, patience is not my virtue either lol. Isn’t Chrome awesome, my IT hubby loathes it but I love it. I even found Chrome easy when setting up my Mac, I’m PC for most stuff and Mac for photo editing lol. And like you I didn’t find Windows 8 as bad as I’d thought it was going to be!
    Congrats on having a post scheduled ahead of time … isn’t it a great feeling. It’s a rare occurrence on my blog but I give myself a high five when it does happen :)


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