Undoing a System Crash

for the week of September 18, 2000
by Rubel Shelly

Microsoft has formally launched the final revision of its Windows operating system for PCs. This latest version is the company's final one that will be based on the two-decades-old DOS programming technology. The next generation of home operating systems from Microsoft will be based on its NT technology.

Called Windows Me short for Windows Millennial Edition this new product is big on movie, music, and Internet features. The experts say it isn't a huge leap from Windows 98 Second Edition, however, and an early poll of PC users I saw had just over three-fourths of them saying they didn't plan to pay the pricey tab that goes with an upgrade.

Should we worry about Bill Gates? Probably not. Microsoft could still sell over 100 million copies of Windows Me over the next year and a half, since most PC makers will include it on their new products. Bill won't go hungry.

The one feature of Windows Me that has caused a stir is its new "system restore" feature. How does it work? Suppose you suffer a system crash on your computer this Thursday. You're not a computer expert, and you don't know how to recover the last two weeks of financial information you entered Wednesday, your daughter's history report she started writing Monday, or your favorite game. All you have to do with Windows Me is select "system restore" and specify the date to which you want your machine reset. Voila! Problem solved. All the things you somehow messed up are put back in their configuration as of that earlier day.

Wouldn't you like to market that feature for human lives? Think there'd be any call for it? Think you could supply it fast enough to keep up with the demand?

Bob would "system restore" to the day before he began the affair. Sue would go back to the day before she tampered with payroll data. Ivan would choose the day before the big fight that caused his son to run away from home. Maybe you can remember the day when things crashed for you and you'd give anything you own to restore things to the way they were just one day before it.

What Windows Me calls "system restore" in its new release is called forgiveness in your Bible. Check it out. And upgrades are always free.

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