With just two weeks left on the meter, I decided to return to Windows 7 so that I could ride it out into its final sweet sleep.
Actually, I decided to do that back in mid-December. It’s just that I spent most of the time since then in a frustrated state of not being able to even install the damn thing. With PC after PC, nothing would work. And so I created and recreated the install media from multiple sources, trying and trying again. Eventually what I came to understand was that virtually all of my PCs---including my old NUC, which I wanted to use as a daily driver of sorts here in my home office---were simply too modern to install Windows 7, at least easily.