Bad news is that I'm fighting a respiratory infection and doing everything I can to keep it from becoming my third bout of bronchitis for the season. In addition to using my four asthma-management meds, I'm using my home nebulizer and doing sinus irrigation. The latter is too gross to describe, but I will anyway. It's an alternative to a Neti Pot. I tried one of those, and it gave me the worst "ice cream headache" I've ever had. The irrigation method, which is simply a bottle of distilled water mixed with salty solution, isn't painful at all. Just uncomfortable and, sometimes, gross, but if it helps me breathe, I'm all for it.
The good news is that MAGIX refunded my software price, and at a MAGIX forum I received a very courteous reply informing me of the refund and noting that my problem is not one commonly encountered. The person who responded suspects it's a folder-access issue with Windows Defender, which comes with 10. However, I think I can opt of out WD, which is worth a shot. I don't know why antivirus issues hadn't occurred to me.
But... I got my dough back, and please disregard the snarky things I said about MAGIX. I deeply appreciate MAGIX's attention to this problem--and their explaining things so a non-tech like me can grasp them.
Meanwhile, blog faithful and buddy Byron may well have solved the problem with my previous, better software. Byron gave me this link which explains a 10 feature I didn't know existed: the Windows 10 Compatibility Mode--link. It lets me sort of return the previous cleaning lab to a Windows 7 mode. So far, so good. I imported and corrected a number of 78 files without a crash. But I want to do some more testing before I declare victory. Things seem to have been fixed. If so, that's the best news of the summer!
It's always a great experience to assume the worst and then have it not happen. To expect disaster, then find out you were wrong. Lovely feeling. Now, if I can kick this damn bug. It's either a virus that's causing congestion or just the ragweed messing me over with no help from any bugs. We're always told about the different between viruses and infections, in the context of prescribing antibiotics (which work on the latter but not the former), but viruses can cause congestion, and congestion can lead to infections as a result of blocked drainage. So a bug can lead to an infection. It's happened to me many times.
Let's hope my older cleaning lab continues to function in adjusted compatibility mode, or whatever the right phrase is. I'd keep my fingers crossed, but it's so hard to type that way....