Do computers slow down with age?

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Old Dec 25, 2009, 9:51pm   #9
 
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Software gets slower. Newer versions of software are designed to run on higher spec systems than versions written 5 years ago. Includes stuff you download off the internet. My old laptop struggles with flash videos. When i bought it five years ago Youtube didnt even exist and so it wasnt noticeable back then.
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Old Dec 26, 2009, 9:57pm   #10
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Software gets slower. Newer versions of software are designed to run on higher spec systems than versions written 5 years ago. Includes stuff you download off the internet. My old laptop struggles with flash videos. When i bought it five years ago Youtube didnt even exist and so it wasnt noticeable back then.
No, it does not get slower. Newer software DOES MORE. If you load the same software you had 5 years ago on a fresh install, it will be as fast as it was 5 years ago.

Basically.... your laptop, in the example, sucks playing back this video format, and it did that also 5 years ago, just you never noticed. THis is not the same as the video NOW stuttering, but having worked nice 5 years ago. Which, logically, would be "getting slower with age".
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Old Dec 27, 2009, 4:06pm   #11
 
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After a clean re-install of Windows XP on to a 5 year old computer, it felt to me that it was still running slower than it did when the computer was new. This is a subjective opinion though and I could be wrong.

Is there any evidence that computer hardware actually slows down with use?
Getting back to the real situation you are in, WS, that of a slow computer after a clean re-install.

I assume that by the expression "Clean Re-install" you mean you formatted the hard drive, and re-built the software tiers?

Or did you just re-install "over the top of the existing software" thus preserving your "essential utilities and files"?

The difference is very important.

In any case, a decent registry cleaner such as the afore-mentioned, would go a long way towards keeping the computer de-cluttered.

Even a brand-new computer can be optimised for speed through defragmentation and Reg cleaning, and through stopping programmes running "in the background" which are infrequently/never used.

Here is a link that you may find helpful:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...er-performance
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Old Dec 27, 2009, 4:25pm   #12
 
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I assume that by the expression "Clean Re-install" you mean you formatted the hard drive, and re-built the software tiers?
Yes, exactly. I had been using CCleaner previously anyway, but became suspicious that perhaps something on the software side was slowing things up anyway.

As you said, I formatted the hard drive, installed windows and loaded up software from scratch again. I was a bit disappointed that (subjectively) it seemed no different from before.

Perhaps software gets more resource hungry as it get revised as has been suggested, or perhaps it's just my memory playing tricks on me.
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Old Dec 28, 2009, 2:20am   #13
 
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Yes, exactly. I had been using CCleaner previously anyway, but became suspicious that perhaps something on the software side was slowing things up anyway.

As you said, I formatted the hard drive, installed windows and loaded up software from scratch again. I was a bit disappointed that (subjectively) it seemed no different from before.

Perhaps software gets more resource hungry as it get revised as has been suggested, or perhaps it's just my memory playing tricks on me.
Apart from getting a techie to check your system, I am clueless.

The difference can be very subtle, and subjective. Over time I have found that I have become used to a fast signal. When it slows, I go on a witch-hunt, dumping all my deleted emails, and junk emails, and rat through sent emails to remove those with files I attached, just to free-up another 200MB or so on the HDD. Of course this does nothing for speed!

I then go looking for programmes I don't need, and find none! Or none that I feel comfortable tinkering with anyway. There are so many media-play-record-burn files today, I am sure I have a plethora of duplication on my machine.

Flash
Direct-X
Windows Media Centre
Windows Media Player
Windows Movie Maker
Windows Photo Gallery
Windows Defender

Then there are
Adobe Reader 9.1.3
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Air
Adobe Flash Player 10 Active X
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin

Surely some of these are duplications or unnecessary programmes?

I would love to delete some of these, but don't want to start down that road - something in a former life is warning me telepathically "Don't do it!"

Then there are things like Skype, Messenger, etc which can be a drain on resources.

I have turned off Silverlight, and the Phishing filter.
I run Windows Live OneCare on three home computers, and I think this can slow speed a tad.

We use a Wireless Router - D-Link G604T, and can have 4 computers hanging off that. Naturally the speed of downloading is slowed as a function of the number of computers in use at one time.

That's about as far as my knowledge goes WS.

It's more than my father and grandfather knew, but not as much as my sons know!

How times change! And to think it used to be the role of the elders to teach the young!

I'd love to know the thoughts of others on this issue - indeed on any issues that can make computering more efficient.

EDIT - I just looked through my programmes files - there are truckloads of MS patches and updates, plus Service patch 1-2-3 for my Vista.

The sooner we have the MicroSoft Revolution the better.

I run a Mac generally - and there is none of this rubbish!
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 11:55am   #14
 
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msconfig.sys and see what's loading on startup?
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 11:57am   #15
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msconfig.sys and see what's loading on startup?
Get into this millenium. Even a 5 year old computer should not even HAVE a msconfig.sys
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msconfig.sys and see what's loading on startup?
Did you mean (run) msconfig.exe ? That certainly is of this Millenium & is very useful !
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