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Thanks to Microsoft

Thanks to Microsoft, there are many things people believe about computers that they think must be true. Have you heard any of these? Or worse, have you ever thought any of these? It could happen to a friend, a loved one, or even to our selves.

My computer is slow so I will delete some files and uninstall some applications.

How does the amount of files and not-running applications on your computer have anything to do with how fast it is running?

Don’t run too many applications at once or your computer will crash.

Have you ever found yourself thinking this? Why would starting a music player affect the CD burning software?

You need to reboot your computer after installing an application.

Why do I need to reboot my computer after installing an instant messenger application?

If the computer has a problem just reboot.

Someone once tried to tell me that this was a strength of Windows. I’m skeptical. I’d rather have a computer that does not have a problem during regular use.

If you leave your computer on for a long time, it will start running slowly. Reboot the computer to make it run at normal speed again.

Why? What is Windows doing when you leave it on? Do you have any idea? Me neither.

Newer software always requires more hardware processing power than older software.

It doesn’t have to. What do you use your computer for today that you couldn’t do 10 years ago? 15 years ago? 20 years ago?

If you want to completely uninstall an application, you will have to erase your entire hard drive and reinstall the operating system.

…and the related…

There is an application that automatically starts when Windows starts, but I don’t know how to remove it.

Sometimes it seems like Windows is at the mercy of the applications that people write for it. I understand that all operating systems are like this in a sense, but with Windows it seems to be the standard way to do things.

Do you suffer from any of these ideas? Do you think this is how using a computer has to be? Because of Microsoft, there are many people in the world that think computers have to be incomprehensible and painful to use. It’s as if people have to fight with the computer instead of just using it as a tool.

It doesn’t have to be this way!