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!