Monday, February 26, 2007

Windows now installed

Today I've spent 8-9 hours putting Windows XP back onto Mrs C's
laptop,
together with several programs, AVAST anti-virus software,
reconnecting the wireless internet link (which was easy-peasy),
setting up Outlook Express (with various email addresses),
and putting back on some of Mrs C's favourite website addresses
too. Google is our preferred homepage, as I reckon it is for most
people. (With several BBC homepages and MSN on the favourites
list, we
don't need the BBC or MSN on the opening internet page -
they're too cluttered for me).

The jammin session's been postponed as one of the lads felt too
ill to come -- he's suffering with flu-like symptoms and a bad cold
& cough, poor bloke. So instead of strumming and singing along,
I had a mug of coffee and a long chat with my other guitar friend,
sitting in the warmth of his living room.

We've had a lovely sunny day here in Nottingham today, though the
wind felt chilly. Our daffies are out in bloom in our back garden, and
some of the
cherry blossom is out on the trees nearby, so I'm
feeling
cheerful with the prospect of Spring being almost here.

We had the pleasure of our first granddaughter here with us today,
while her mum went off to see the dentist a few miles away. Little
Ava was delightful -- she'll be 5 months old next weekend.

9 Comments:

Anonymous edt said...

a happy day in 'ol blighty almost all round then :)

Good luck with AVAST.
There's a nice lil pop-up window with an amorphous 'merican voice saying your AV definitions have been updated.
While Windows won't trigger a full system scan I had it set to open AVAST each Saturday morning at breakfast time as a control panel/scheduled task which reminded me to initiate a full system scan, there are various levels of scan intensity so-to-speak too. To be frank it seldom found anything as it's live scanning email and such all the time.
Open AVAST from the desktop icon and click on the hard drive shaped icon over to the right and you'll have quick/standard/thorough scan options as a slider control, the latter takes FOREVER by the way.

I usually chose 'standard' and went back to bed to listen to our excellent Saturday morning radio magazine show, bleedin' expat poms are everywhere you know ;)

What I did find with AVAST on the Win98se machine with average CPU/RAM horsepower was that the PC might run a bit slow on the net during the 'definitions' download/install, but it's all over and done with pretty quickly.

Beggars can't REALLY be choosers with a free product ;)...

Good Luck...regards from the early onset of autumn in NZ, busy painting window frames & sills to weather protect before winter arrives here.

9:08 AM  
Blogger justin said...

Many thanks, edt, for being my Guardian Angel. I'll give the Avast a whirl at the weekends. It says in Avast's Licence Agreement that I can only use Avast on one computer, so I'm thinking of putting AVG on my main one (the old Windows 98 machine).
Does seems odd that you're getting ready for Winter, while I'm looking forward to some summer sunshine.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous edt said...

License agreement? am I supposed to read the fine print in them things? ;)...I've run the free AVAST on two machines at the same time here for a period of 3 months?...wether that was entirely legit I don't know but it worked.

Once you register the free version with them they send you a registration 'key' by email, which I've used on 2 PCs and both received 'definition' updates ?

There's no reference in the email to a single PC license?, in fact Quote "The license conditions of our Home Edition allow you to use that key for home,personal and non-commercial use on Windows workstation operating systems only"

Am I taking things a little literally with 'systemS' plural ;)

Wanders off to read the fine print a tad more closely at AVAST's site, though its all a bit after the AV software has bolted ;) as the new PC now runs NOD32 anti-virus software.

Good Luck.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous edt said...

We ARE singing from the same hymn sheet here aren't we Justin?...I can't see anything obvious at the website about one PC only? short of initiating the download to read the fine print.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BINGO... you may fire AVAST at BOTH PC's mate as far as I can see ;)... this from AVAST's FAQ from low on the page at the URL above... Quote:

Q:I have "avast! 4 Home" installed on my home computers and have entered the same license key on all of them. Does using the same license key on more than one computer harm the avast! functionality or updating capabilities in any way?

A: No, it doesn't. The registration of "avast! 4 Home" is implemented due to processing statistics. The same license key on more computers (provided they are used for non-commercial purposes and in home use only) doesn't harm the avast! functionality or ability to update in any way.

10:04 PM  
Anonymous edt said...

anonymous was me...edt Good luck.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous edt said...

sanding window sills is a mindless task...was thinking of your single PC license thingy while I worked.

Did it perhaps refer to the free TRIAL of the PAID for version?...your after the FREE version for home use, URL in the 'We ARE' post...:)

11:19 PM  
Blogger angel said...

i'm getting a new laptop (hopefully soon) and i'm going to have to go through that same process soon...

6:09 AM  
Blogger justin said...

Edt: thanks for looking up all this. I'll have a go at installing Avast on my main machine soon, as I now feel encouraged to do so. I'll have a closer look at the small print in the licence agreement when I sign on.
Angel: I found that signing up to Avast was easy-peasy. Good luck.

8:01 AM  

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