Our office isn't on Active Directory yet, so when I changed my network passwords this morning, I had to go through the ritual of booting back into Windows to change my password there too. As I watched Windows "preparing to install updates", I was reminded that yeah, I had let Windows install some updates last week after I attended a webinar (I attend a virtual meeting about once a month, and the other end requires Silverlight.)
It took only a few minutes, but I watched as Windows installed all its updates, then shut down. That was odd, I thought. But maybe it required a reboot for the updates to take effect.
I rebooted back into Windows - or tried to. After the BIOS screen, nothing happened. My laptop just sat there, blinking that underline cursor, doing nothing.
I tried rebooting. It did the same thing, just blinked that cursor at me. I let it sit that way for more than 5 minutes. Nothing.
A few more reboots, and I managed to convince myself that my laptop just won't boot anymore. My laptop will successfully make it past the BIOS screen, then blink the underscore at me. I can't even get to the Grub boot selector, to boot into Linux. Windows killed my laptop.
Gee, thanks, Windows.
I'm not sure what happened. I watched Windows install the updates, and everything seemed okay. I didn't see any error messages. And Windows shut down just fine, and rebooted the laptop, so it's not like the updates or the shutdown/reboot process was interrupted.
Fortunately, I have a USB flash drive with Fedora 15 beta, so I'm running that at the moment. That's Linux to the rescue.