Why can a computer slow?

There is a lot of half-knowledge and misunderstandings about the subject:

  • the hardware itself does not slow down
    (except due to defective, clogged cooling, the CPU is constantly throttled)
  • especially Windows has a tendency to fatten mercilessly.

On the one hand, this is done by the updates, which constantly complement new frameworks, and on the other hand, according to my observation, it is only since Win10 that it is able to clear and reduce its own garbage (caches, TEMP directory, downloads) EINIGERMASSEN, but also only until Win10. if you force it manually (drive properties – tools). However, the used HDD memory only brakes in combination with the:

  • Fragmentation is still an issue without SSD – how to keep NTFS so incapable over 5 sub-versions is and remains a mystery.
    Here, too, Win10 has made some progress by automating defragmentation as a job – but this also contributes to the fact that the desktop becomes indisputably unusable at the wrong moment = MS has not yet understood that the user is not allowed to do maintenance work may patronise!
    But SSDs have brought a lot – everyone who has made the switch knows, and no one would trade back.
  • In general, Windows has a habit that too many things are running in the background, the benefits of which are questionable: if you look at the tool “autorun” of the sysinternals suite, which is all started automatically with how many different mechanisms, you can only talk about uncontrolled wild growth due to the lack of clean system policy and programming guides by MS.
  • And half of the functions that run as a service actually have nothing to look for at this level and run pointlessly empty at 2/3 of the users. Office then wastes neatly again.

  • Programs also grease:
    • Browser anyway – each tab needs up to 100MB (*wtf*) and some draw brazenly for some nonsense (almost always it’s an advertisement!) 10-20% load,
    • larger mailboxes cause Thunderbird to choke (Outlook you didn’t need to come with tens of GB anyway),
    • Office programs are siftted resources like never before, and the amount of data being shoveled around is degenerated in some applications.
    • Worse still, there are still many applications and frameworks that don’t take advantageof multi-core, so slacken and don’t scale with the stagnant single-core performance.
    • Or those that are so sloppy with their memory requirements that they waste 8GB of RAM,which should be easy for 95% of users today.
    • If the same programs are then stuck in seconds due to otherwise awkward programming, one feels a little sent back to the computer stone age of DOS, given the incomprehensible performance of today’s AVERAGE MACHINE.

    We KNOW that things are better and react annoyed when applications are implemented inanimate and sloppy.

  • Only: Playing videos is more smooth than ever thanks to HW acceleration…
  • an error that is partly to be searched by the user:
    Leave too many programs open atthe same time, although not really alternating/parallel work.
  • With 16GB / 4+ Core of course no problem, but with 4GB + a weak-breasted Celeron or even 2GB/Atom it will make a difference:
    Closing the browser or mail program in between causes miracles when working on e.g. large Office documents.And, by the way, reduces the distraction.

  • The “swoop-elasticityis of course also something subjective – one works here and there on newer machines and the jump back to a slow one leaves a subjectively larger gap.
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