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Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled by Paul McFedries

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Chapter 5. Vista Performance and Maintenance

IN THIS CHAPTER

Vista’s Performance Improvements

Vista’s Stability Improvements

New Diagnostics Tools

Windows Backup

We often wonder why our workaday computer chores seem to take just as long as they ever did, despite the fact that hardware is generally bigger, better, and faster than ever. The answer to this apparent riddle is related to Parkinson’s Law of Data, which I mentioned back in Chapter 2, “Moving to Windows Vista.” On a more general level, Parkinson’s Law could be restated as follows: The increase in software system requirements is directly proportional to the increase in hardware system capabilities. For example, imagine that a slick new chip is released that promises a 30% speed ...

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