Windows 10 Avoids Fragmentation Issues Through Clever Microsoft Analysis

Posted on July 13, 2015 by .

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Windows 10 is almost hear and as Microsoft preps to launch their newest operating system for PCs, news of its advanced features that ultimately make for healthier-running computers starts to make its rounds.

In the latest run of highlighted features for Windows 10 before its official release at the end of this month, experts are celebrating for a new reason in knowing that their computer will not suffer from fragmentation on the hard drive when exclusively running Windows 10.

Fragmentation has long been a maintenance issue for PCs for as long as Windows has offered a defragmentation tool built into the operating system. Inching close to the release of Windows 10, analysts are arguing the case of the new operating system avoiding fragmentation issues through implementation of multiple release tracks to offer users running a current build to have a certain range of update and upgrade tempos.

As many computer experts know, Windows operating systems have historically had countless updates and patches applied to it which then caused fragmentation naturally for many reasons. What Windows 10 will offer is a way for Windows to separate its build installs into different tracks, or what Microsoft is calling “branches.” These branches will offer customers a range of update and update tempos creating “forks” in Windows to deliver updates three-times-a-year. Those updates can apply to one build leaving the others available for updates in between in the case of something that needs to be patched or updated quickly.

“There will undoubtedly be some fragmentation of the installed base due to timing but it shouldn’t be extreme, and indeed should be better than the situation today,” contended Steven Kleynhans of Gartner.

In addition to the new process of preventing fragmentation initially, Microsoft has several ideas up their sleeves. Some of those ideas include learning from different “rings” that Microsoft has used in the Insider program, which is a program that replicates other branches involving testers on a slow and fast course of implementing updates for Windows.

With the reduction of fragmentation, Windows 10 looks to be the most efficient and “fastest” Windows operating system yet. We have our fingers crossed for this to be just the case but we won’t know until thousands of others who patiently await the release on July 29, 2015 – the official release date for Windows 10.

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