Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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1) There is a myth that putting all the configuration files into one windows registry will make things faster. However, they never expect registry to grow to hundreds of megabytes and take up system resources.

It's probably a tiny bit faster but it hardly matters nowadays. Your point is however irrelevant as ini-files will take up much more space. No other relevant system resource is involved here.

2) A corrupted windows registry will cause boot up failure.

Not inherent to the registry. Could as well be due to corrupted/missing/hacked ini-files.

3) It is easier to launch Malwares with windows registry since it didn't have any good protection. Registry is the weakest link in system security.
Malware attack your registry and your system will not boot up.

Not inherent to the registry. A software running with admin privileges can do anything.

4) Uninstaller usually forgot to remove the entries in the registry and force people to use registry cleaner to clean up.

Not inherent to the registry. This is an issue on every system. They don't know if you want to keep the configuration or not so they often choose to leave it. And using a registry cleaner is never a good idea. Unused entries do no harm.

5) People use to copy the aplication to a folder just to install the application (no installer required). Registry make installation complicate.

Not inherent to the registry. Installers are another issue. Uncompressing and copying an application to a suitable folder is an unthinkable scenario for most users. That is partly why installers exist.

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