If it seems like computers get slower over time, you’re right. It’s not because they’re wearing out. It’s because we’re inadvertently adding little helper programs every time we install something new. These are the programs that check to see if your software needs updating or get large applications started faster.
All of this happens at the expense of your computer’s performance.
No matter how hard I try to avoid these little vampires, they accumulate. After a while, a fast computer becomes a slow computer.
That’s the story with this Windows 7 laptop I’m typing on. Photo editing became a painful experience. Other chores too.
The disk light was constantly flashing, a sign I’d used all 4Gb RAM and was manipulating data on the much slower hard drive.
This afternoon I pulled off the data and moved it to an external drive. Next, three DVDs with the restore software had to be burned. Then, with the first disk in the drive I hit the power button.
This is not for the faint of heart. The laptop is returned to its original factory state. Everything has to be reinstalled. Passwords must be remembered.
It will take most of the week before this machine has everything it needs. I have all the disks. It’s just the time.
Right now I’m downloading 500Mb of Windows 7 updates! The computer seems a lot peppier. It would be nice if my effort made a difference.