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The Windows Operating System Is Missing a Crucial Component
 
Posted 9 months ago on 9/5/2016
Take Away:

The Windows operating system has never offered a means of controlling the amount and type of software a PC can run relative to its processing power and memory.

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The Windows operating system has been around for about a quarter century. In that time, we have progressed from Windows 3.1/3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and now currently Windows 10. Amazingly, during all this time, the Windows OS has suffered from the same old problem that has never been corrected. Now, what can I be talking about?

This is what I'm talking about: Windows has never had a "braking mechanism" that precludes computer users from adding a disproportionate amount of startup software or even highly demanding applications relative to the microprocessor's power and installed memory. Sadly, I have seen this malfunction play out in PC after PC for years. People get frustrated with their computers, because they are being made to do too much work relative to what their hardware architecture can actually handle in an optimal fashion.

In my computer repair business, I am constantly disabling programming that starts up under the "Startup" tab in the Windows "msconfig utility". I also add memory to computers with below average memory so they can at least "hold their own" with the demands of the software they need to run. This is a real problem nowadays, because the modern application software and websites typically demand more processing power and memory than they did a decade ago.

A prime example of this disconnect between software and the hardware are people who run computer aided design software or what is known as CAD programs. These programs demand an awful lot of processing power and memory. I've met people who run them on older, substandard computers for reasons I cannot even fathom. They would be much better off going with a high end computer that is built for such a purpose.

In my opinion, one of the "great evils" in the PC world nowadays are these bargain priced laptop and desktop systems. Celeron, Sempron and Dual Core (Windows Vista era) computers are simply not up to the task of running most modern websites and programs. These lower end computers exist solely to appeal to people who want a new computer for a low price. It's all about marketing to a demographic that is hell bent on saving some money even when it makes no sense for their purposes. Like the saying goes, "you get what you pay for". Yes, you will save money compared to what you would pay for Core i5 or Core i7 computers. But you will ultimately suffer from the underperformance of the "bargain computer" you purchased. Is it worth the money you saved? I think not.

Frankly, this problem has benefited me financially. I have received a lot of business from people who have loaded up computers with more software than they can really handle. They run very poorly because of it and then call me and my competitors to come out and resolve the issue. Many people tend to think they need to go out and buy a new computer. But that won't really solve anything since the newer Windows still hasn't addressed the problem of letting people overload the computer with more than it can reasonably handle in an optimal fashion. And because Windows has no mechanism to regulate this problem, I and other geeks will keep making money from a festering problem that should have been corrected years ago.


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