Posts Tagged ‘xp’

Installing Windows 7 an SSD

December 16, 2009

A while back, we wrote up a piece on installing Windows to a solid-state drive and the reasons why everyone should at least consider doing it for the speed boost you’ll get from it.

Windows Vista:

Back then, we went through a list of reasons why Windows users might be better off using Windows XP than Windows Vista when it came to installing to an SSD, not least of which the fact that Vista, well apart from the fact that a lot of people just didn’t enjoy using it, wasn’t really built for use with SSDs.

Thanks to the fact that Vista wasn’t really made for use with SSDs, users who did opt to throw an install of it onto an SSD ended up seeing less of a performance boost than they might otherwise have. Moreover, because of the way that Vista uses the disk (which seems always assumed to be a standard hard drive) the OS itself can decrease the lifetime of the drive. It’s not a dramatic difference, but it’s something that most should be aware of.

So, in short, installing Windows Vista to an SSD probably isn’t the best idea.



Windows XP Downed by CA Antivirus Update

July 10, 2009

An update to CA Antivirus has turned out to be quarantining some of Windows XP’s core files, leaving XP users who happen to keep their antivirus up to date out in cold.

Haven't seen one of these in years :)

Haven't seen one of these in years 🙂

Naturally the source of the problem has since been tracked down and amended, but the backlash has been furious, as you might expect. The issue seems to have arisen from a combination of the manner in which CA detects and quarantines possible infections.