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Windows 7: Sometimes old school ideas (win 98) are better than newer (8.1) ones.

30 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 
Sometimes old school ideas (win 98) are better than newer (8.1) ones.

Hey guys, I just thought this was interesting.

So I was in my windows 98 VM and noticed that they have a system maintenance wizard.

And Guess what? It does everything I wish windows would do now in one easy click.

For example, the wizard has options to easily disable programs at startup (for the average user), and does disk defrag, clean temp files and scans the hard disk for errors. All in one click.

So the point is, you can click 1 thing, and it would run all of that. Manage startup programs, Clean out all temp files, (disk cleanup) defrag, and disk check. All found in one easy place for the user.

Why did they get rid of this in newer versions of windows?

Vista with windows defender allowed you to easily manage startup entries, and see how it affected startup. (Of course for no obvious reason this was removed in later versions.) Vista also brought auto defrag at 1am. (When almost no one has their PC on, kinda making it useless)
Windows 8 brought along managing startup in the much improved task manager and just like 7, maintained the auto defrag. But again at 1am.

Windows 8.1 and 7 do routine maintenance checks:

-Updating your WEI index,
-Broken shortcuts
-Troubleshooting history taking up to much disk space
-System time incorrectly set
-Unused desktop icons
-disk volume errors
-Error reports are taking up to much disk space

Thing is though, this is all assuming the user has the pc on at 1am. Now the wizard in windows 98 defaulted to that, but you could easily change it in the wizard. There is no one click solution like this is in windows 98. I wish this idea they had in 98 was maintained throughout the newer OS's. Yes with SSD defrag and checking the hard disk are kinda out the window.

I am just kinda thinking about what it once was and how I feel the older OS did a better job with maintenance and explaining to the user what it all means and how it helps.

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