Can anyone shed light on Perry Johnson’s Hosed Windows System . . ?

Yesterday Perry Johnson sent the following to the Omaha Tech Connect board members.  (as you may or may not know, Perry was a former President of Slugo and is still an active member in OTC).

The message is a request for info and ideas about what next steps he might do or check into . . To keep our answers together and thread-able, please use the comments feature and I’ll forward the link back to Perry – thanks.


“Ladies and Gentlemen,
    Based upon the situation described below, if I may, I have two simple questions:  Have I been impaled by a spiral fastening device?  If not, where do I go in Omaha to restore this poor laptop?
    This loyal laptop was chugging along on the free Windows 10.  Before trips I usually back stuff up to an external drive.  I had a much-needed time in the mountains without news during this fall’s trip to Mueller State Park.
    I came back and discovered that a hurricane was threatening Cissie.  So, a day after returning from pine trees and deer, I hopped into another plane to rush to help my bride — without backing up any of the work I had done when talking to the trees.  Tsk!  Tsk!
    A few days later, I turned on the laptop to see the screen below about “Starting Watchdog Installation.”  I unsuccessfully tried to start the laptop several times.  Then, I unwisely started to play with the Function Keys.  I came to an option to redo Windows.  I opted for this with hope.  Unfortunately, the lengthy process reloaded Windows 7.  None of the other software and data files were either visible or accessible.
    Was my goof as bad as I believe it was?
    (I had to spend some time to get far enough to send this email.)
Thank you,
Perry the Unwise”

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4 thoughts on “Can anyone shed light on Perry Johnson’s Hosed Windows System . . ?”

  1. Googled Watchdog Installation and it appears that it may be a virus. AVG had some stuff on it. Microsoft also has some infomation regarding a new build Windows 10 Build 10586 Starting Watchdog Initialization. I know some people have been on the web involing some of the builds.

  2. To answer your first question… Have I been impaled by a spiral fastening device? I would need more information. Is the device Slotted, Phillips, Square, Torx,…?

    To answer your slightly tougher question, Where do I go in Omaha to restore this poor laptop? You can try the following:
    https://www.google.com/#q=omaha+%2B+computer+repair
    BUT…month to month these listings are showing more and more businesses consolidating and/or folding(ed).

    I’d be more than happy to help you breath new life into your laptop, so just let me know.

    John,

    1. On the assumption that you have your important stuff backed up, I’d go for a clean install of Win 10. My experience has been upgrades bring all the broken Win 7 items onto the new Win 10 semi-broken new O.S., just muddying the issue more. I was amazed how well my last XP system worked after a clean install and a straight to SP3 approach performed.

      John,

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