New Study: Popular Windows Software Can Greatly Undermine Computer Performance

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A benchmark study released by Macecraft Software tested the effects of installing 15 popular Windows software shows that simply installing them on a Windows computer can dramatically decrease the computer's startup speed and overall performance.

For the past few months, Jouni Flemming, Vice President of Macecraft Software, has been leading a monumental study to measure what effects software can have on the startup speed and overall computer performance.

“When you buy a new computer, it feels lightning fast but that feeling fades quickly” Flemming said. “However, I wondered if it was just a psychological effect similar to your new car or new smart phone no longer feeling 'new' after a few weeks of use, or do computers really slow down in use. That was the question I wanted to answer.”

In the study, computers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (Technical Preview) were used. The performance of each computer was measured before and after installing 15 popular Windows software.

The aim was to see if the computers performed slower after the software had been installed. The performance was measured using two different methods. Initially, the startup time of how many seconds it took for Windows to start up and fully load the Windows desktop was tested. After that, PCMark 7 benchmark software was used to evaluate the overall speed of the computer.

The results of the tests have been recorded using three different Windows test setups, with only the 15 popular software installed in the default environment. The installed software caused the startup time of the computer to increase on average up to 63 seconds. At the same time, PCMark 7's benchmark score showed that the overall performance of the computer system decreased by an average of 17 percent.

“I had a feeling that installing software could have an impact on your computer's performance but little did I know it would be of this scale.” Flemming said.

The study with all of the results and further information is available at:

Jouni Flemming is the original author of the RegCleaner program - one of the first Windows registry cleaner software, first released in 1998. He is also the founder of Macecraft Software, a pioneer and an industry leader in the field of Windows optimization and registry cleaning software.

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