Yesterday morning, Apple sent me a notification that an operating system upgrade was available. And stupid me, I clicked to download the upgrade.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
The whole mishegas began around ten. The download took a little over an hour. The install took more than an hour and a half.
Then, once the install was complete and I logged onto my computer, I learned the hell had only just begun.
Who knew the nearly three hours to simply download and install the upgrade from Mojave to Catalina would be the least time-consuming part?
When I logged into my computer, I got this.
And that stayed on my screen from one o’clock Tuesday afternoon until this morning.
Around seven this morning, I’d had enough.
As I mentioned last week, I have never been mistaken for a patient person. And a seventeen hour “Setting up your Mac” message was sixteen hours too long for me.
So I turned off the power strip and shut my iMac down.
It was a Hail Mary, I admit.
But it was either shut it down and hope for the best or pick the damn thing up and hurl it out the window.
So I chose the former.
Upon rebooting, the set-up for the Catalina upgrade was in place, and I was able to immediately log onto my computer.
If only I had the presence of mind to try that yesterday afternoon.
An entire day wasted.
Clearly the install and set-up for the new operating system has a bit of a bug. But if the interminable hold time I experienced last night when I called Apple Support is any indication, I wasn’t the only one bit by that bug. I never hang up when I call Apple Support. But last night, with my phone battery dying, I did. Besides, it was late and I wanted to go to bed.
So if you have a Mac computer and have yet to install the Catalina upgrade, take my advice. Download and install the upgrade in the evening. Then go through the prompts to the set-up and go to bed. If the set-up window is still there when you get up in the morning, unplug the damn thing and see what happens.
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