Dreadful Windows Development

I have to make a project for biology, and I only have Flash on my Windows machine (one reason I almost never use it).

I figured it wouldn’t be so bad, because I setup Synergy, but boy was I wrong. In one day, I’ve had to restart three times, had several problems getting out of sleep after lunch, and lost about 4 hours of work in total.

How do you guys live with this? XP is such a pitiful operating system.

I could never work with this regularly. I would never finish anything.

What techniques do you have for dealing with Windows? As of now, I barely get anything done around all the crashes and going back to older versions so regularly.