- perform the backup of all the files on my computer,
- disconnect all the peripherals from my computer,
- schedule a time to take my computer to the district office (it would have to be on my own time, wouldn't it?),
- pick up the new laptop,
- connect the new laptop to everything, and
- reload all my data files, as well as any software I'd loaded on the last computer.
Before deciding to ignore them, months ago I talked to one of Tech Services people about some software on my computer. We'd bought a license for me to use the software, how could we move the software without having to buy another license? She said they could load the software for me, I thought that was great, and asked that she do so. That was months ago.
Several weeks ago we got word that, because our school has so many technical issues, a Tech Services rep would be onsite each Thursday. There's a clipboard in the office on which we can write our technical issues, and the rep would come by and address those issues. I wrote on the clipboard that perhaps the rep could bring me that laptop that I absolutely don't want.
Today he showed up with the laptop. I had no clue he was coming, I was in the middle of teaching, and he was there to swap out my computer. He was flexible enough to come back maybe 40 min later when I could be ready and available.
Remember that software with the license I mentioned a couple paragraphs ago? Of course it wasn't loaded. You know what else was funky? After connecting everything the rep said, "This computer isn't configured to get on the internet (via our district network). I've got to change some settings." Can you imagine if I had gone to pick up that computer, connected it all up, and couldn't get it to connect to the network--because some setting was wrong? How long would I struggle before I'd call, and before they'd want me to bring the computer back to them?! What a waste of time that all would have been if someone in the know hadn't been onsite to fix that problem pronto.
The tech rep got as much done as he could, at least got me up and running. There are some things that still need to be addressed, but I can function as a teacher in the interim.
So now, instead of Windows 7, I'm running Windows 10. That's quite interesting given that I'm still running Vista at home (and am reasonably happy with it!).