Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Nov 2008 17:53 UTC
Windows One of the main problems with Windows Vista (and earlier versions) is that Windows consumes quite a lot of diskspace, with few means to trim down the installation. To make matters worse, Windows tends to accumulate a lot of megabytes and even gigabytes of space during its lifetime, leaving users at a loss as to how to reclaim this lost space. In a post on the Engineering 7 weblog, Microsoft program manager of the core OS deployment feature team (...) Michael Beck explains what Microsoft is doing in order to reduce the disk footprint of Windows 7.
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RE[2]: What on earth!?
by google_ninja on Mon 24th Nov 2008 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE: What on earth!?"
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As if this is not bad enough, Windows itself tends to accummulate lots of garbage data, caches, logs, update backups, registry blossoming, and whatnot.

Caches logs and backups aren't garbage...

My 1 year old XP installation now boots much slower than initially for unknown reason. Bootvis revealed that it spends 40 seconds in "Disk" loading part, which should normally take 2 seconds, for no clear reason - I failed to find any diagnostic tool that could reveal what's happening. Add to that various crapware startup tools that each app vendor feels free to add, and you get a 2-3 minute booting time.

5 bucks says you need to defrag.

If that isn't it, check out what is loading at startup, and what services are set to autorun with msconfig. If you can't figure out what is taking so long, open up your logs, and see if there is anything timing out in the application log or system log. If you aren't the kind of person that uses them, there are probably several hundred thousand entries at this point, so feel free to clear them then reboot to get a better picture of what is going on.

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