So I (under Superman's tutelage) reinstalled Windows on my computer. And carefully backed up everything except my email folders and address book. When will I learn!? Totally my fault and I'm totally annoyed with myself.
I am (again) thinking that perhaps a new computer is in order. Mine will be four years old in a couple of months and has served me well - still serves me well - but I think transferring to a new computer will be easier while the old one still functions... instead of waiting until it completely dies and then learning a new system (assuming I get a Mac) all at once. I especially need to make sure that the finances and banking I do don't slip during the transition, and that they can be done by me on a Mac, before I make the switch.
And I still can't decide if a laptop or desktop is better for me. Or if I should even go with a Mac when, say, a comparable HP laptop would be cheaper. Because I'm not made of money.