What is Windows Rot & how to arrest it!


  1. Excellent piece, Anand. It’s worthy of note, though, that progressive slowness is one thing (and is explained by precisely what you wrote); but getting crashing and blue screens of death (BSOD) is kind of a whole ‘nuther thing. The former should not necessarily cause the latter… though, obviously, it’s nevertheless possible.

    That notwithstanding, excellent advice!

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi.
    Veritas nimium altercando amittitur.

  2. I always recommend that if you do need a lot of fonts, install them as a shortcut. Most designers complain of slow systems due to thousands of installed typefaces. Since doing these steps below, Windows and applications like Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator load much, much quicker.

    How: Create a folder and put all your new fonts here. Then go to Control Panel > Font Settings and check the box that states Allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut (advanced). Once done click OK and exit the fonts dialog. Go to your new fonts folder > Select All > Right Click any font and select > Install as a Shortcut. Done!

  3. welll guess im extremely lucky for my 11 yr old dell dimensions 8200 was got on first release in 2002 i think it still running xo now windows 7 after i upgraded stuff never had any probelms or blue screens jsut was slow before i upgraded it adn used system machanic on it to

  4. yea i hate this rot thing i never knew there was a name for it but its annoying to have to re-install windows to fix something you should just be able to fix with simple uninstallations and clean up.

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