Windows Vista To Run As Fast Over Time

Microsoft hopes to tackle an age-old problem with the next version of Windows: How to keep PCs running like new. With Vista, the new client version of Windows due next year, Microsoft is addressing what’s become a sad truth for most people: PCs run more slowly over time. Vista will automatically de-fragment hard disks, make better use of memory to more quickly load programs, and include a new performance control panel that will identify performance bottlenecks. A Vista-based PC might even be faster a few weeks after it’s installed, thanks to one new feature called SuperFetch. SuperFetch basically studies the programs that an individual user frequently runs and loads them into memory automatically. With Vista, Microsoft plans to have a control panel that lets people check up on system performance. Not all of the capabilities that Microsoft is planning for Vista are evident in the initial beta version that shipped last month.


Microsoft hopes to tackle an age-old problem with the next version of Windows: How to keep PCs running like new. With Vista, the new client version of Windows due next year, Microsoft is addressing what’s become a sad truth for most people: PCs run more slowly over time. Vista will automatically de-fragment hard disks, make better use of memory to more quickly load programs, and include a new performance control panel that will identify performance bottlenecks. A Vista-based PC might even be faster a few weeks after it’s installed, thanks to one new feature called SuperFetch. SuperFetch basically studies the programs that an individual user frequently runs and loads them into memory automatically. With Vista, Microsoft plans to have a control panel that lets people check up on system performance. Not all of the capabilities that Microsoft is planning for Vista are evident in the initial beta version that shipped last month.

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