Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 19th Oct 2010 23:23 UTC
Windows In previous OS News articles, I described how mature computers up to ten years oldĀ can be refurbished and made useful. One article identified and evaluated different approaches to refurbishing. This article tells how to performance tune a mature Windows computer to make it serviceable again. I hope it will interest anyone who wants to tune Windows.
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nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26


I don't know if Vista suffers from performance deterioration, but XP sure does. However, I've now used Windows 7 for half a year and I haven't noticed any kind of performance deterioration _at all_. It's still as spiffy as it was before even though it's in constant, daily use and I haven't even tried to perform any kind of tune-up activities on it.


Vista is not any different in this regard. How much of XP slowdown is caused by the registry is debatable but Vista and 7 have the same registry improvements, namely the virtual registry.

Though the registry is commonly blamed for XP slowdown there has been no evidence to support this theory. The registry in XP is designed in a way to allow fast indexing even if it is filled.

In most cases degraded performance is caused by third party junk and drive fragmentation. Replacing older drivers can also make a new install seem faster. I've had XP tell me that a driver was up to date when it actually wasn't. I have also seen it replace an older driver with an improved system driver after a reinstall.

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