Not really. I’m simply about to reinstall Windows. But as I was about to go “Start -> Turn Off Computer” on this installation, it suddenly felt very final. I was not going to see this installation again. I had another look around to make sure that I had backed everything up, that everything was packed and ready to go. I was a bit nervous about whether my backups would end up OK on the other side.
On the one hand, I know it’s just a technical exercise, but it’s a lot like moving house. There is a lot of housekeeping to do, things to sort out and clean up. In the process of going around and making sure that all the data is backed up, you find things you’d thought you’d lost (or forgot about), but don’t have time to really reminisce about them. That last shutdown is like when you look around for the last time at the now empty surrounds you got so used to and comfortable with, and which you know you won’t see again.
But then it’s time to press on. You turn the key in the lock and walk away from the front door, leaving so many memories behind. Ridiculous isn’t it? Getting emotional over a stupid OS installation. (Mind you, I am hoping that my data is all OK).