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Do Operating systems really get tired?

by PorkyJJ / May 18, 2013 1:46 PM PDT

When I ask that question I'm actually refering the what makes an OS work I am not referring to any possible virus etc.

I've always used, and liked, XP pro for years. I've heard both good and bad about Windows 7 & 8 but I'm so used to XP I'd just as soon stick with what I know.

I had one IT type person who suggested that your operating system can get old and certain functions fail or hiccup. He suggested that a reinstall is good at least once a year and just copy of your original drivers and data (files).
Is that true that an OS can die from old age or" fatigue"?

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Not really.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 18, 2013 8:16 PM PDT

But they tend to clutter up somewhat, but it's never fatal unless you mistreat it by installing malware or running too many background programs you don't need.


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by Jimmy Greystone / May 19, 2013 2:54 AM PDT

No, that IT person is full of it. If we eliminate viruses and other kinds of malware, then your computer will operate at the same speed on its last day as it did its first day. What many people fail to take into account is the change in our perceptions. When we first get a new computer, it's usually significantly better than the old one, so it seems really fast. Gradually we become accustomed to the new computer's performance, and it becomes the new normal. So all you have to do is just go use an old computer for about a week. When you use the newer one again, it'll be like that first day all over again.

There is so much bad, and just plain odd, information floating around about computers. I sometimes visit cell phone related forums to check if there's a new version of the custom ROM on my phone. I want to just smack the people who think that formatting a drive multiple times will somehow get things that were missed the first go around. Then there's all the people who swear up and down that lithium ion batteries suffer from memory like the older nickel cadmium batteries did. A lot of these things might have been true once, but haven't been for years, maybe even decades. It just takes so long for the correct information to filter down to the masses that we're usually 2-3 things beyond when we catch up to where we are today.

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