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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"[q]Looking at the article itself though is a handy reminder of just how much trouble it is to try to maintain Windows.

FTA: Windows performance deteriorates over time.

True ... but why for heavens sake? That souldn't happen ... the machine hardware itself is the eaxct same performance over time, that doesn't deteriorate.

These are both falsehoods, I have had Windows 2000, XP and NT4.0 installs that are still running perfectly fine .... after 8 or 9 years. Still run as fast as the day I did the initial install.

My Windows 7 install has been running since it was RTM, hasn't slowed down yet.

How I achieve this? I watch very carefully what an installer does and check startup items using msconfig or similar to see if anything is starting up that doesn't need to be.

If you clean up as you go along ... you don't run into any of these problems. Exactly the same would happen if you tried running a load of stuff in the background with any OS (seen the same thing happen with MacOSX and Linux).

Congratulations on maintaining a well-preforming Windows installation for such a long time. You have done well, haven't you.

This is an achievement that is clearly beyond the abilities of vast majority of people. Even the apparently knowledgeable author of the original piece, Howard Fosdick, couldn't manage that.

Oh, wait ... that probably wasn't what you wanted to imply, was it!

Oh dear oh dear. [/q]

Well unlike you it seems, what I do when I do a windows cleanup, is tell the owner what caused it and how to avoid it. A small amount of user education can go a long way.

Guess what?? If they listen ... the installation continues to work well.

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