Thursday, December 3, 2009

Windows disease - the causes and the cures

"Windows Disease" - its what many people call that terrible affliction which effects all versions of Microsoft's operating system from Windows 95 through to ME, XP, Vista and 7. 

Basically the premise is simple.  The longer you run your PC, the slower it gets and more frequently it crashes (ie the dreaded "bluescreen of death" appears) and you lose your work.

The problem appears to be that the more applications you install and the more you use the PC, the more bloated Windows gets, with defragmented files, shared DLL files, drivers, disk errors, registry keys, viruses, spyware and the likes, contributing to conflicts and confusion in your core operating system.

Recognising this, Microsoft on its "Microsoft at Work" website has published an article "5 ways to speed up your PC".  Unfortunately for Windows users, these are pretty cliche answers.  You might do these things on a regular basis and still not get any real benefits.  And spyware and virus checkers often add even more Windows slowness with their constant checking.  Another thing that can cause problems is Windows Desktop Search.  Beware because this Windows Disease contributor is automatically installed with Office 2007.  How to Geek has an article to help "Speed Up or Disable Windows Search Indexing in Vista".

However the best way is almost always to start with a clean slate and reinstall.  Most people either don't want to do this or don't know how.  One of the issues is that you'd lose your data.  Well PC World has some answers for this in its article "How to Reinstall Windows Without Losing Your Data".

Happy computing.