- 25 months ago
Alright. So I have reached a rather pathetic point of desperation. I am knowledgeable enough when it comes to software/hardware to be able to troubleshoot most basic problems. But this has been something I cannot resolve myself for nearly a year and a half.
Windows10 attempted to forcibly install (without my express permission, it was activated with a security update) and nearly bricked my already very unstable laptop in August of 2016. I managed to restore my computer to July 2016. I removed as much of the Windows10 software as I knew how to, using a then available tool from Microsoft and going so far as to manually delete specific updates within windows updater. I have since been unable to update my operating system without my computer trying and failing to install Windows10. I have contacted Microsoft Support more times than I can count attempting to find a resolution to this problem. This would not be as big of a problem if I still had my backup system images from June of 2016 or even February of 2016 but they were ruined when my house flooded. I do have the out-of-box system image from 2012 but would rather not us it if I don't have to. I don't think I have an external large enough for everything on this machine. All vital data has been backed up on an external, I just really do not want to reinstall and recover everything else if I don't have to. Any suggestions would be welcome.
At this point I know my computer is one of the most insecure devices in my household, worse so than my old XP machine because at least that one is never used wirelessly. (Or even with internet anymore, I have it for nostalgia/legacy software.) I need to update this machine even knowing that I will likely stop using it within the next 6 months as I would like to maybe salvage it for use as a DVD/Media player in the future. Honestly with the hell this poor machine has been through it blows me away that its still functioning as well as it is. It is indeed a toaster, but it is currently the only computer I have reliable access too. I AM planning a custom desktop build but I have been taking my time to save up for the components and also just fully decide what I want it to be capable of. Thank you for taking the time to read all of this.
Additional information: Toshiba Satellite P855-S5200 Intel i7-3610QM Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit