The Path to Longevity and Stability for Your Windows Experience through Careful Program Selection, Security Awareness, and Optimal Maintenance.
What you need to do to keep a Windows operating system for as long as possible.
When I was a kid, installing and reinstalling the operating system was a fun activity, whether it was installing a new Windows for pleasure or out of necessity.
Years have passed, and installing Microsoft’s program is no longer such a pleasant task, not because it takes a long time or because it’s difficult, but because optimizing it consumes a lot of time. The things that follow after installing Windows, if you don’t use a system image, take an extremely long time. Windows optimization, updates, installing all kinds of programs, and so on.
After doing this job many times to have everything “clean,” you no longer enjoy it because you lose patience and waste time that could be used for something more useful.
This means that if you feel the same way I do, you need to take good care of Windows to keep everything in order and keep it running for years or as long as possible.
My laptop just turned one and a half years old since I bought it, and it has the same operating system it came with: Windows 8.1.
I didn’t think I would use anything other than Windows 7 anytime soon, but just to avoid reinstalling the operating system, I started optimizing Windows 8.1 because you can’t use it decently as it comes.
The biggest drawback of Windows 8.1 is that automatic system maintenance program that starts whenever it wants and keeps your CPU running at high frequency and your HDD at maximum. This is extremely annoying and can only be fixed by disabling the Task Scheduler in the registry. Once you disable that, everything starts to look more like Windows 7.
You do a few more things, and it’s really the same as Windows 7 when it comes to stability and even a bit faster in terms of speed.
On my desktop, which is older than the internet itself, I have Windows 7. I only changed that Windows 7 when the HDD failed. Other than that, it’s very well optimized and has been working flawlessly for years.
To keep your Windows running for as long as possible and in good condition, you need to take care of it from all aspects.
Keep it updated, install as few programs as possible, and keep them up to date. Avoid cracked programs or use them sparingly.
A few years ago, I installed Piriform’s defragmentation program on my computer, the same company that produces CCleaner, an absolutely necessary and secure software for any computer.
I thought the defragmentation program was just as safe, so I installed it, and… my computer crashed, and then my HDD partitions disappeared. I did everything to try to access them, including using a live CD with a Linux distribution, but they were gone. The files that were truly important to me (photos, documents, etc.) were saved offline on another HDD… but I lost many other things, like music.
You have no idea how many things I said to Piriform in my mind, but the mistake was mine because that program was in alpha or beta. Never install a program on your work computer that hasn’t been thoroughly tested. Maybe only in a virtual machine.
Not only can unsafe programs destroy your Windows operating system, but even safe ones can if there are too many of them, installed countless times, without cleaning up the registries and other files. Registry cleaning using secure programs can also be a good way to affect the operating system.
This means that the first rule is to install as few programs as possible and make sure they are safe.
If many safe programs can be quite unsafe for the health of the operating system, cracked programs can be a real disaster, not only for Windows but also for other files.
I remember scanning a friend’s computer a long time ago for viruses using SUPERAntiSpyware because it was the best anti-spyware program at that time. Then I had it clean up the found viruses, and after a restart, the PC wouldn’t boot anymore. Probably, some viruses had overwritten certain critical files in Windows, and after their deletion, the computer couldn’t start anymore. Try searching for CDs at night and reinstalling the operating system.
There were even more viruses on my work computer because it had been used before me by some guys I didn’t know who had developed a great passion for watching adult movies at work. You know, those websites that told you that you were missing a codec to watch a woman with huge breasts vigorously doing what she liked the most. A codec that you were forced to install because hackers exploited a vulnerability in the Internet Explorer browser, which you couldn’t close normally, only through Task Manager. If you didn’t know how to kill it normally, you would get a small virus.
The same can happen with cracked programs or, worse, when you install software that encrypts all the files on your computer, and you have to pay a certain amount to receive the decryption key, if you receive it. Otherwise, there’s a high chance you won’t be able to access your files in this lifetime. It is said that even police officers in a department in the United States had to pay because they didn’t have a backup for their important files.
Even if they are not infected, those programs can seriously affect your computer’s stability.
In addition to all these, be careful with excessive system optimization. Experience has taught me that if you poke your nose where you don’t know, you risk doing more harm than good, making Windows incredibly unstable.
These are the things you should or shouldn’t do when it comes to keeping your Windows operating system intact for as long as possible. These are the things I remember for now, in the morning. If I remember anything else, I will update the article.
Windows is quite stable with a little help, and problems start to arise when you do things you shouldn’t.
Taking care of your Windows operating system involves installing a minimal number of safe programs, avoiding cracked software, and being cautious with system optimization. It’s important to maintain a balance between customization and stability to ensure a smooth experience.
Now, I’d love to hear from you: What steps do you take to keep your operating system healthy and optimized? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!