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Windows 7 Rots Just Like All Other Windows

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 79 comments

Ever get that not-so-fresh feeling?

Managing a computer is like keeping your house organized. You always accumulate more stuff, and once in a while you have to do a massive clean (some do this during the first half of the year and call it spring cleaning).

Keeping a well-running PC is much the same, by being mindful of what you install, uninstall and reinstall. The only difference is that if your house was like Windows – especially a very messy and unkept one – you'd have to bulldoze or dynamite the whole lot to get things clean again.

Unfortunately, it seems that Windows 7 won't be doing much to change the phenomenon of "Windows rot." According to findings by LA-based iolo technologies, makers of System Mechanic PC tune-up software, Windows 7 is also susceptible to aging through use.

"Windows 7 slows down over time (ages) just like Vista, with boot times increasing more 330 percent over the course of two years of regular use," iolo technologies shared with Tom's Hardware.

Thankfully, it seems that Windows 7 might age more gracefully than Windows Vista, as the newer OS seems to be able to keep its legs in better condition even after months of usage.

In a comparison of three- and six-month systems, iolo technologies found that Windows 7 outperformed Windows Vista in the area of boot times.

iolo technologies will share more of its findings next week, hopefully with information on its simulation of systems estimated at two years of regular use. Stay tuned!

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    Anonymous , October 9, 2009 9:28 PM
    Thanks Iolo Technologies, I just don't get enough advertisements posing as research in my daily internet browsing.
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    eklipz330 , October 9, 2009 9:31 PM
    hmm...

    i seriously think almost everyone here at tom's knows how to keep things fresh and fast[if not, google is your friend]. iolo is just doing their job at trying to sell their products, which is not a bad thing, but it makes them look like fools here at TH
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    omnimodis78 , October 9, 2009 10:13 PM
    I stopped reading this nonsense as soon as I got to "...makers of System Mechanic PC tune-up software" I despise "news" like this because it's entirely biased, totally subjective and it enables a crappy company like iolo to get "free air time". Like someone already stated, how about just doing a defrag, system clean and don't install all the crappy toolbars that come with freeware. Common sense! Windows 7 is spectacular, and stories like these are misleading, and just really, really beneath Tom's.
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  • 55 Hide
    Anonymous , October 9, 2009 9:28 PM
    Thanks Iolo Technologies, I just don't get enough advertisements posing as research in my daily internet browsing.
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    ubernoobie , October 9, 2009 9:29 PM
    How about if you defrag every month? I've been using vista 1 year so bear and i get no noticable increase, 1second> if harddrive defragged
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    ubernoobie , October 9, 2009 9:30 PM
    fail spelling
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    eklipz330 , October 9, 2009 9:31 PM
    hmm...

    i seriously think almost everyone here at tom's knows how to keep things fresh and fast[if not, google is your friend]. iolo is just doing their job at trying to sell their products, which is not a bad thing, but it makes them look like fools here at TH
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    hakesterman , October 9, 2009 9:37 PM
    Windows 7 offers very little that Vista doesn't, Vista got a bad name for no real obvious reason. People were so contempt with XP that at the time nobody had a real need to goto Vista. Well when Windows 7 got announced Xp lovers ears stood up beause now the Xp novilty has finally wore off. Most XP people would like Vista now, but since the price of Vista will be the same as Win 7, people might as well just buy Windows 7. If your already a Vista person, you might as well stay where your at. You can get Vista drivers on a numerous of different web sites that perform windows 7 operations. Pretty much any driver that works for Vista will work for Windows 7 and Vise versa. Enjoy!
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    Sicundercover , October 9, 2009 9:39 PM
    Interesting how people have been openly testing Windows 7 for a year now, and here we are a few weeks from Windows 7 release and miraculously these details start to pop up. Im pretty sure not only would I have heard at least a mutter about this over the past year but that I would have noticed it myself.

    But this is only second time Ive heard this and both times were today.
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    smithereen , October 9, 2009 9:39 PM
    eklipz330hmm...i seriously think almost everyone here at tom's knows how to keep things fresh and fast[if not, google is your friend]. iolo is just doing their job at trying to sell their products, which is not a bad thing, but it makes them look like fools here at TH

    QFT
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    Honis , October 9, 2009 9:46 PM
    I've been running on the same install of Windows XP for 5 years now. Still has the same boot time it did after I finished setting it up on day 2. What's all this about Windows rot?

    Tom's do your own damn research. You have a research department for a reason! Stop reposting things from sites that have a VESTED INTEREST in the numbers they produce. Its like asking the Congress how much something is going to cost! The people for it are going to give you stupid low #s and the people against are going to give you stupid high #s. Which both usually turn out to be stupidly wrong in a random direction!
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    winterblade , October 9, 2009 9:50 PM
    Those guys are only trying to sell their crappy software, maybe for the average user their software actually helps, but for us, the average tom's readers, is only crapware, we know how to keep our PC's running like we want them to run. Totally agree with Honis.
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    rcmaniac25 , October 9, 2009 9:56 PM
    Did anyone (I think at least a few commentors did) think maybe they forged the results that says Windows 7 is not faster and more efficent becuase iolo creates sells services to make Windows faster and more efficent?
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    omnimodis78 , October 9, 2009 10:13 PM
    I stopped reading this nonsense as soon as I got to "...makers of System Mechanic PC tune-up software" I despise "news" like this because it's entirely biased, totally subjective and it enables a crappy company like iolo to get "free air time". Like someone already stated, how about just doing a defrag, system clean and don't install all the crappy toolbars that come with freeware. Common sense! Windows 7 is spectacular, and stories like these are misleading, and just really, really beneath Tom's.
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    lemonade4 , October 9, 2009 10:26 PM
    why the heck is this posted as news? this is just advertisement for iolo
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    JohnnyLucky , October 9, 2009 10:33 PM
    I routinely perform pc maintenance every Sunday morning so I've never experienced those kinds of problems.
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    geminireaper , October 9, 2009 10:34 PM
    Mr. Yam is known for his Mac is better than windows propeganda. It amazes me that Toms allows him to write for them still. Obviosly this whole article is biased and the information he used was skewed for the sole purpose of selling software for iolo corp. This whole article is a big thumbs down. Mr. Yam..you dont fool anyone. Mac is Crap and you can take that to the bank.
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    leafblower29 , October 9, 2009 10:38 PM
    Wait what? Only once Ive only had this problem once with XP on a 5 year install. Btw I probably got lucky.
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    Shadow703793 , October 9, 2009 10:43 PM
    lol? Is this an advert.

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    On a serious note, Windows file system will "rot" over time as long as we have NTFS around. It's just the way it works. On the other hand...take a look at the ext2,etc on Linux which doesn't need defraging due to the way it's designed. I do hope Microsoft will have a new file system on Windows 8. NTFS is getting old.
    For an more detailed explanation/example see: http://geekblog.oneandoneis2.org/index.php/2006/08/17/why_doesn_t_linux_need_defragmenting
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    ssalim , October 9, 2009 10:59 PM
    iolo technologies again? Didn't they already claim win vista is faster than win 7?

    If you are smart, you put your OS in a separate hard drive partition or separate hard drive altogether... then just reinstall every x months. Make it a habit and you won't need to pay anyone to "clean" or "speed up" your windows.
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    EntropyMu , October 9, 2009 11:00 PM
    Two advercolumns on the same day from the same company? Yuck Tom's.
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    darkknight22 , October 9, 2009 11:12 PM
    I like how they predict how it will run after three years considering the RTM final has only been out since like what june? july? maybe later. I can see how this test goes.
    Researcher 1: Okay, we're going to see if it slows down after installing a lot of malware and other completley unescessary stuff.
    ::Installs everything you can find on the internet::
    Researcher 1: Well does it run faster or slower then when we first turned it on
    Researcher 2: It runs slower
    Researcher 1: AH HA! Breakthrough! Hey Mike! Get Tom's Hardware on the phone, we got some breaking news!
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    wildwell , October 9, 2009 11:47 PM
    This is like one of those multi-page ads in a magazine made to look like an article but has, "Special advertisement section" printed in small type at the top of each page.
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