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One thing the article didn't mention is that Moore's Law is coming to an end. The problem is with heat dissipation. There's a physical wall that CPU chips have hit, and that's why there hasn't been any major bump in CPU speed in a while. To pump out more power at this point, the cooling systems would have to jump to a whole new level than the little whirring whisper fan that's cooling it now. We're talking, like, a minature refrigeration system to satisfy ol' Moore.
On the flip side, we're so far past the point of diminishing returns with CPU speeds that it's getting silly. You've got people out there upgrading to faster CPUs and the only difference it's making is that they're opening their MS Word documents 0.0036% faster. It doesn't have anything to do with browsing speed, for example, nor anything else the average person does on the computer.
The only place where it makes a real difference is rendering video, and there it can make a serious difference. A movie that takes 4 hours to render with a 1 GHz chip will do it in half that time with a 2 GHz chip, so that's a real savings. But most people who upgrade for no other reason than a faster CPU are more-or-less wasting their money. The fact that their new machine feels quick and frisky is more due to it having a fresh Windows system than anything else.
On the subject, guys, if your own machine feels like it's dragging, there are ways to clean up a bloated system and get it feeling (almost) frisky again, and there are a number of web sites out there that'll help you through the process. My best advice, though, is to install a fresh Windows from scratch, although granted it takes a lot more work.
On the subject, it's surprising how many people out there actually think computers "wear out", and that's why their machine is getting slower. I heard two otherwise-intelligent adults mouth that nonsense just the other day, "advising" one of my neighbors to buy a new machine. After straightening these two morons out (in the nicest of ways, of course!), I spent about an hour on her machine and got it all fixed up. Not surprisingly, she had about a hundred background tasks running at the same time, dragging the poor thing down.
Doc's Quickie Tune-up Guide:
- Open Start Menu, Run. Type in "msconfig", hit Enter key.
- Click on "Startup" tab. In a brand-new Windows, this area is completely blank. Everything you see has been added later. The idea is to leave things that actually should be running in the background (anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, etc) and un-check the rest. Some things are obvious what they go to by the path to the program folder. Others, you might have to get on Google and dig up what they are. The point is, tons of programs put little "pre-loaders" and such in this area, so that the program will pop open quicker when you run it, but they all chew up system resources, both memory and CPU, and you don't want them unless they're actually necessary.
Again, you can't hurt anything by unchecking the boxes. At worst, a program simply won't run, in which case you re-check the box, reboot, and that'll take care of it. When I clean up a system, this is the first area I attack.
Not being a wiseguy, really. No antivirus, no antispyware software running. No boxes to check or uncheck. No need to know which background programs should be running, or not. No need to go through the whole process you mentioned.