Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jan 2010 23:09 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows As inevitable as the tides rolling in: every time a new Windows version is released, someone with too much time on his hands tries to install it on extremely outdated hardware. Sure, it won't be usable by any standard whatsoever, but it's still a fun thing to do. Of course, Windows 7 couldn't lag behind.
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by stooovie on Sat 9th Jan 2010 02:10 UTC in reply to "..."
stooovie
Member since:
2006-01-25

Yeah, until some tweakhead comes and disables GPU GUI and indexing and prefetching and enables arcane Win 95-style *tweaks* "cause it's way faster". I always LOL at those folks.

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by UltraZelda64 on Sat 9th Jan 2010 02:31 in reply to "RE: ..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I'm sure that there are a good number of "tweakheads" that go to the "classic" UI in Windows not because it's faster, but because by comparison it looks halfway decent (and much more familiar). Not everyone wants every window to be shiny and transparent with distracting glassy effects, sometimes they just want the GUI to stay the hell out of their way so that they can actually work faster and more efficiently.

Then again, IMO, since Aero Glass was introduced, the changes made to the UI even made the "classic" view hideous and unworkable... and I'm not too crazy about Aero either.

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RE[3]: ... - stop the service
by jabbotts on Sat 9th Jan 2010 14:43 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

One will get some freed resources out of stopping the Theme service outright but that's different form simply selecting "classic" theme instead of the raw unthemed widgets. It may not double the responsiveness of the OS but it means more ram for what I'm doing not the OS it's running on top of.

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by helf on Sat 9th Jan 2010 02:32 in reply to "RE: ..."
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

lol, yeah. A lot of the "tweaks" either don't actually do anything or are detrimental. :p

I do prefer the classic skin in XP, tho. I'm not overly fond of Aero either.

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by izomiac on Sat 9th Jan 2010 04:38 in reply to "RE: ..."
izomiac Member since:
2006-07-26

As with anything, if you don't know what you're doing or why then you're likely to do stupid things. OTOH, of all the myths you could have chosen, you picked examples that are, frankly, wrong. Aero uses quite a bit of CPU as well as GPU and Windows will disable it to improve performance. Prefetching is similarly disabled on SSDs in Windows 7. And I don't even know how you could think that indexing improves performance in Windows. If your argument is that it's not a detectable detriment, then you may have a point, albeit a very difficult one to prove that goes against most people's experience.

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by f0dder on Sat 9th Jan 2010 11:14 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
f0dder Member since:
2009-08-05

Why disable prefetching even on SSDs, really?

Yes, my Intel X25-E is ridiculously fast compared to a regular harddrive... but my RAM is ridiculously fast and makes the X25-E look like a snail.

Similarly, while I don't use Windows' search and it's indexer, I still use another indexed searcher (locate32) - because even though the X25-E is fast, indexed searching is *way faster*.

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by stooovie on Sat 9th Jan 2010 16:28 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
stooovie Member since:
2006-01-25

I know that indexing doesn´t improve performance.

But then, I believe indexing does improve MY performance. If you turn off every bit of cleverness that is built into current OSes, you deprive yourself of a great deal of clever functionality that is designed to make YOU faster. I´m not telling everyone needs them, but it´s downright stupid to disable them without even knowing what could be their benefit.

What is more important - windows opening half a second faster or me being able to find anything in half a second? For me, it´s the latter. YMMV.

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