Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:06 UTC
Windows And so the smartphonification of the general purpose computer continues. This time around, though, it might actually be for the better. Microsoft has detailed two new features in Windows 8: refreshing and resetting your computer. Reinstalls will be a thing of the past.
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RE: Slow down?
by christian on Fri 6th Jan 2012 13:54 UTC in reply to "Slow down?"
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And design a better filesystem while your at it. - Then maybe, you won't need to reinstall because of it "slowing down"

I bought a newly installed WinXP laptop for friend, went through the painful process of installing all the latest windows updates (*3* reboots IIRC) and found that although the disk was only 10% full, data was all clustered in the first 20% of the disk and was badly fragmented. It's like MS learned nothing from the BSD filesystem research on UNIX from the early 80's, and thirty years later NTFS still performs like a UNIX V7 filesystem.

Once the filesystem fills up, there's no hope of even successfully defragging properly, though I did find some of the defrag utilities at sysinternals ( very useful (page file defrag!)

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