Yet another instance where an attempt to use the Windows XP operating system has rendered it toast on the bottom side of my MacBookPro. Fortunately, I have a reliable OS on the front side.

It’s bad enough that my latest web design effort includes 30% of the time developing and testing in a web standard browser, and then spending the other 190% of my time trying to find work arounds for Internet Explorer’s misbehaviors. I have my old Compaq PC laptop set up for testing in IE 6 (1/3 the sign of the devil). I had run my site through Browsershots and it showed good results for IE7, but somereports from the field suggested otherwise.

So I booted up the MBP in Windows mode. For some inane reason, instead of going to the IE7 site, I went through Windows Update, and saw its suggestion of 19 “critical updates” including IE7. I figured, what the heck, I have to run to the grocery store, let it do all 19.

How sweet it was when I returned that I hit 18 out of 19 successfully.. and the one that failed was the install of IE7.

But it gets even worse.

On a reboot, I get the deeply meaningful and explanatory message:

This application has failed to start because SHLWAPI.DLL was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this.

What *&@ing application? And is the best y’all can suggest is it may fix the problem?

I know I fixed this once before, but was stumped on what I did. Oh yes, I booted in the operating system that just works, and fished around the Windows dive, looking for archived versions of the DLL in question. I thought they go back into C”\System\win32 or is it C:\System\win32\dllcache ?? Well neither work, the same box, a different cryptic message.

In less than 9 months, I have re-installed Windows XP 4 freaking times. I barely use it, and it still melts down trying to do what it asks me to do.

So, I was going to toast the BootCamp directory since I just got a copy of Parallels, so I can suffer the agony of MicroSplotch without rebooting my Mac.

Meanwhile, the old Compaq laptop is crunching through the IE7 update (like 40 minutes), and almost 4.5 hours later, I may get to test the web site.

PT Barnum was almost correct. You can fool 90% of the people most of the time, those who have been suckered into flying under the 4 colored pirate flag.

I hate windoze. Even more so than before.

The post "I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really hate microsoft windoze" was originally pulled like taffy through a needle's eye at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2007/01/windoze/) on January 12, 2007.


  • Sean FitzGerald (aka Sean McDunnough) seanfitz.wikispaces.com

    Hey Alan… the link to “the operating system that just works” is broken… you probably meant to point it to http://www.linux.org/ :-)

  • I hear ya! I just installed Windows XP Home under VMWare server on my Ubuntu Linux machine and it only works because I can keep it under thumb.

    I do have boot camp running on my MBP but Windows works fine. Will you post about your experience with parallels?


    Chris Craft

  • Yeah, Sean, that link might work (My first post did have the link wrong due to a missing “http://” due to Google’s insistence on NOT making URLs from the links search results page copyable. Bag google Bad Google Bad Google).

    Chris- wonder how many ordinary Jane/Joes out there can handle that. My wonder is how a Major Gazillion Dollar Corporation can seel a product that most of the consumer purchasers could never maintain? I think the bugs a re a conspiracy that keep the businesses of a hundred thousand windows support service techs afloat.

    I will be posting soon about parallels, yes. I would be writing this today, if I did not waste my evening trying to update Microsoft windows by going to Update Microsoft Windows.

  • Alan, I’ve been running Parallels with both XP and Ubuntu. I absolutely love this solution. It’s been much better than running Bootcamp, not exactly sure why but it’s very quick. I don’t run Windows (or Ubuntu) a whole lot, but when I do, it’s all I need and quicker than I expected.

  • Wesley Fryer speedofcreativity.org

    I feel your pain. I wish I didn’t, but I feel your pain. More often than I care to admit, sadly. In order to be relevant to the teachers and administrators I server, I think I must continue to share your pain. But I wish I didn’t have to!