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Maintenance and Performance

As more people got online, security updates became ever more important. The screenshot below shows the update mechanism in Windows XP. Updates were browser-based for years (IE) before they became a tightly integrated app.Browser-based updates in Windows XP

Fast forward ten years, and this is what Windows Update in Windows 10 looks like. And unlike the old approach, our PCs are now automatically updated: Windows Updates screen in Windows 10

The fact that Microsoft becomes increasingly aggressive in forcing you to install the latest updates without letting postpone them for long has become an issue. That's because the consequences of a bad update can "brick" your PC. (Your PC won't even start anymore - as useful as a brick.) YouTuber explains why Windows updates are buggy In 2014, Microsoft fired much of its quality assurance department. These people were in charge of testing, among other things, Windows updates. A former employee explains how Windows 10 has become buggier since then.

Maintenance and Performance Tutorials

Windows 10 vs. earlier versions

Demanding programming work on Windows As a self-employed software developer, I spend 50-70 hours a week on my PC. I have lots of apps installed, regularly perform CPU-hungry tasks, and my PC is turned on most of the time. In the past, performance and stability started seriously degrading around about 18 months of use - like clockwork.

PC performance degrading over timeI then had to switch to a new PC or perform a clean install to stay productive. Since Windows 10 though, performance and stability don't become issues until about 2-2.5 years of use. So, whatever optimization and cleanup work Microsoft does in the background in Windows 10 works wonders. Hopefully, Windows 11 will match or exceed that record.