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Why do computers get slower over time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does hardware get slower with time? You probably know this: A newly bought computer is snappy and responsive and just really fast. Then you use it for a couple of ...
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What are the reasons for a Computer to gradually slow down after months of use? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does hardware get slower with time? After freshly installing an OS, the PC is super fast, and after few months they are super slow. I regularly maintain the PC, my ...
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How can I fix a computer that is infested with malware and is extremely unresponsive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I'm troubleshooting a Windows 7 PC for a friend. A couple of days ago it started running ...
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Is the performance of a CPU affected as it ages? [closed]

This is a hypothetical question about how a CPU operates. If I purchase two identical CPUs, and use one long term (say one year), will it be identical in speed to the unused CPU? Will the number of ...
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Which malfunctions cause old computers to slow down and crash?

I've had a few computers of my own break after a few years of use, and I've seen computers owned by friends and family do the same thing. They either slow down (even running the original software ...
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What makes a computer slow?

Why does it take so long to start up a computer or run an application? What's the bottleneck? How can we improve it? Well, I mean, what takes so much time to boot, or run an application? So far, ...
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Reimage PC: Myth or Fact to speeding up a slow PC?

I have a 4-5 year old PC running Windows XP for software development at work. It struggles to run all development tools I need at the same time. Management feels I need to reimage my computer to ...
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Are there any physical causes that slow down computer? [closed]

I recently reinstall the OS in my Windows but it seems that the computer is slower than when I've just bought it new. I thought reinstalling OS would reset the computer to the initial speed. Are there ...
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Does new software slow down old hardware? [closed]

This question came to mind while reading "Why does hardware get slower with time?" As new versions of software are released, can they cause older hardware to become slower? If this is the case, what ...
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Does installing and uninstalling apps have a negative impact on your systems performance? [closed]

I'm mostly interested in mac, but would be interested to see if it is different on Windows or other unix OS's. I am an app addict and love trying out new applications. Every time I reinstall my ...