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Old Dec 24, 2009, 3:29pm   #1
 
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Do computers slow down with age?

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?
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 3:43pm   #2
 
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Re: Do computers slow down with age?

I was thinking about this same thing recently.

Something I thought, as time goes on, obviously computers get faster and have more memory. Perhaps the individual computer itself isn't slower, it is just that the newer programmes / webpages are more memory / processor intensive, to reflect the abilitites of newer machines. This in turn means older machines run slower because the software / webpages etc are more demanding than they were when the old computer was new?

This is pure speculation, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were the case.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 3:50pm   #3
 
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Re: Do computers slow down with age?

After a period of time they do appear to slow down, this is usually down to the amount of clutter that is left on the PC after everything you have looked at/ran/stored/deleted etc etc etc.

Thing is there is only so much you can 'clean up' on the surface which makes a tiny difference, the real issue is all the rubbish you cant readily see which is stuffed in the registry.

There are a few 'deep cleaners' out there you can use, personally I use Malwarebytes which is a blinder of a freeware tool, eventually I purchased the full product, but its up to you.

Once this was ran it did seem to make a difference to the speed, but that might have been me also.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 4:35pm   #4
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Re: Do computers slow down with age?

Computers are no different to any other machine in that they need to be well maintained. If they are then there is no reason why one would slow down. Maintenance is more involved than many people realise though and that is probably the key issue in my view.


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Old Dec 24, 2009, 4:46pm   #5
 
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Re: Do computers slow down with age?

Spray some WD-40 in it and it'll be good as new.
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Old Dec 25, 2009, 4:32pm   #6
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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?
Totally subjective illusion. Note that you can not really compare that - you will NOT reliably remember how fast it was 5 years ago. ESPECIALLY as you probably got it as an upgrade so it feld "very fast" compared to the one before..... while now you compare it to what you see from other computers.

Computers per se do NOT get slower over time. At one point they break, until then they have roughly the same performance (exception: hard discs, but this is a very small thing when it starts to break and remaps sectors). CPU, Memory, Graphics Adapters all do NOT get slower while they age.
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Old Dec 25, 2009, 5:07pm   #7
 
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After a period of time they do appear to slow down, this is usually down to the amount of clutter that is left on the PC after everything you have looked at/ran/stored/deleted etc etc etc.

Thing is there is only so much you can 'clean up' on the surface which makes a tiny difference, the real issue is all the rubbish you cant readily see which is stuffed in the registry.

There are a few 'deep cleaners' out there you can use, personally I use Malwarebytes which is a blinder of a freeware tool, eventually I purchased the full product, but its up to you.

Once this was ran it did seem to make a difference to the speed, but that might have been me also.
Totally agree with you, GR.

The Registry can be a major source of speed loss. Every time you download something, entries are made in the computer registry.

When you delete software or programmes, fragments remain in the Registry undeleted. When your computer goes searching for information, it has to query every fragment in the registry, and if fragments are unattached to legitimate programmes, there is a pause as the search has to decide whether to disregard this piece of data or what else to do with it.

Hundreds of these left-over fragments simply bog your computer speed down in an unnecessary way.

I was unaware of Malwarebytes.

I use one called CCleaner - another free download from fileHippo.

It is a great utility and I wouldn't be without it now.

There are any number of other things choking back your speed - I would suggest going along and having a chat to a few specialists in the computer repair business.
Their advice would be useful.
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