Top 10 Most Dreaded Startup Messages

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The other day I was reading this article on Slate about the death of booting up and it got me thinking abou the many, many (oh… so, so many) times that I’ve rebooted computers while troubleshooting.  You know, sitting there with teeth and sphicters clenched hoping against hope that this is the time that the system will come up properly.

Once I recovered from my PTSD flashback I decided to create this list of the top 10 most dreaded startup messages.  So, without further ado, here they are in no particular order (even items) and in descending numerical order (odd items).

6. Hello, Dave

9. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del+Insert+Backspace+Home+Print Screen+Break+Del (again)+F1+© to continue…

2. Master Boot Record corrupt.  Applying UN resolution…

7. Directory C:\Users\Adam\Pictures\Pr0n unrecoverable

10. Insert disk 2 of 116 to continue…

5. (beeps, nothing but beeps)

4. Please, sir, please let me die

3. Logging into Skynet, please wait…

8. Installing Loki patch, problem changed randomly, please reboot

1. Welcome to Windows Me