Exponential algorithm making Windows XP miserable could be fixed


Tom Carden Windows XP is really old, and we would suggest that you don’t use it unless you really have no option. For the most part, however, that age doesn’t really manifest itself. Sure, the operating system is missing the security features, hardware acceleration, and built-in support for things like USB 3 that newer versions of Windows have, but old software doesn’t have the same issues as, say, old cars. Old software generally runs as well today as it did when it was brand new. But Windows XP users have noticed that this isn’t entirely true. A bunch of them have found that the old operating system is working considerably worse than when it was released in 2001. The problem is that—especially among those who are still using Internet Explorer 6 or 7—each time you boot your Windows XP machine, it slows to a crawl. There’s a built-in process, svchost.exe, chewing up the entire processor, sometimes for an hour or more at a time. Wait long enough after booting and the machine will eventually return to normalcy. But an hour can be a long time to wait. Loss of horsepower and trouble starting up are common enough problems in old cars, but we don’t really expect the same things to happen on old PCs. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments        

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Exponential algorithm making Windows XP miserable could be fixed


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