Sunbeltblog on Windows Vista’s attempt to keep Windows up to speed



Sunbelt blog has an article about Microsoft’s plan to keep Windows Vista from becomming more sluggish as the system aged. Microsoft’s plan is to run defragmentation in the background and preloading commonly used components as outlined in this article.

They have a similar take that I had, a bit of a smirk… most of the slowdown people experience with an older computer install is not because the drive’s fragmented, it’s because they have so much junk running at boot and spyware/adware. You might remember that Sunbelt recently announced they had discovered a MASSIVE identity theft ring as they were investigating coolwebsearch.

Another finger is pointed though at software developers. Developers who at one point in time were stingy with memory and judicious with resources, now with developers working in higher level languages (programming languages that abstract the ideas more and make programming more “english language-like”) there is more bloat.

In it they mention the old standby for returning Windows performance to it’s fresh snappiness – reformat and reinstall.

Update: 8/9 12:36 am… Cnet news is discussing the same. They do add an interesting angle in analyzing some of Vista’s approaches to this. At one point there is a comment from a SuSE linux kernel developer on the matter. He seems to think on systems with more memory it wouldn’t be worth the benefit for the complexity it would bring in.

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