Windows 7 Rots Just Like All Other Windows

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
    Thanks Iolo Technologies, I just don't get enough advertisements posing as research in my daily internet browsing.
  • eklipz330

    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
  • omnimodis78
    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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  • Anonymous
    Thanks Iolo Technologies, I just don't get enough advertisements posing as research in my daily internet browsing.
  • ubernoobie
    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
  • ubernoobie
    fail spelling