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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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

I like your sentiment but the article topic really was "how do I tune a Windows machine". Discussion of osX, Linux, BSD, VMX or Plan9 does not equate to "here's something that can improve your Windows performance."

Your not being called a Troll because you profit from pushing another OS but because your continuing to push another OS topic not relevant to the article or discussion.

Imagine a discussion on partition selection and sizes for Linux based workstations and someone keeps chiming in with "well, on my Windows it works like this..."

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I like your sentiment but the article topic really was "how do I tune a Windows machine". Discussion of osX, Linux, BSD, VMX or Plan9 does not equate to "here's something that can improve your Windows performance." Your not being called a Troll because you profit from pushing another OS but because your continuing to push another OS topic not relevant to the article or discussion. Imagine a discussion on partition selection and sizes for Linux based workstations and someone keeps chiming in with "well, on my Windows it works like this..."


Meh.

The only reason why one would want to "clean up Windows" or euphamistically "tune Windows" was because one wanted to continue to use an older machine, but it had managed to get itself into a mess, as Windows machines in the hands of typical home users are very apt to do.

I appreciate the efforts of the author of the original article in trying to help people, as that is indeed an admirable aim, but the approach is essentially flawed. Maintaining old Windows is an ever-increasingly daunting task for the vast majority of the people who happen to be in the situation where they might want to do this.

However, for most people in that situation, for the way that they wnat to continue to use their old machine, (when their uses of the machine does not include games), there happens to be a much better approach for them than trying to continue with the difficult task of cleaning and trying to maintain Windows in a clean state thereafter.

So I am on topic. I am precisely on topic of "trying to keep an old machine running usefully". I am on topic for "re-tuning an older machine". The sane approach of installing Linux instead, the easy approach, and ultimately the very satisfying approach is a bit left field for most people's thinking, but nevertheless for many people in this situation (as long as they don't want to play games, basically) it is far, far better than trying to continue on with Windows.

I am on topic from that point of view. I am precisely on topic for the entire purpose of this discussion.

It is interesting however how many Windows people are so very, very keen to say "la, la, la, I can't hear you" about this. They try quite insistently to suppress it being even mentioned, and are very ready to insult in any way they can think of people who mention it. Why is this so?

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

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The only reason why one would want to "clean up Windows" or euphamistically "tune Windows" was because one wanted to continue to use an older machine, but it had managed to get itself into a mess, as Windows machines in the hands of typical home users are very apt to do.
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That assumes a little much. I personally want to tune Windows because I still use it in spite of how overpowering the hardware it's on is. I also tune it inside VMs for specific uses. At work, I tune it so the non-techy users can have maintained tools to work with. Actually, I have about two of over a hundred cases where tuning is done to try and stretch old hardware. Why do you assume the only reason one would tune windows is to maintain it on old hardware?

time&place. Don't be the guy busting into the purely Linux centric topic yelling "psht.. just use Windows".

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