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Why you need at least two computers these days

At least if your are a Windows user you probably need two computers these days. In the morning after I have turned it on and wanna start working with it my computer usually becomes in-responsive for several minutes while updating the virus scanner, running virus scans and especially when the installer kicks in to install updates.
The disk light goes on and the system is basically freezing. No matter how powerful your computer is, Windows turn it into a slow creature. The disk seems to become the bottleneck while virus scanner and installer read tons of data and other applications almost get no time slice to do anything.

Time to grab a coffee, or use your second computer to get things done, hopefully one with may be Linux installed. I decided to leave my computer alone while it is doing all its morning routine. True multitasking apparently doesn't work under Windows if a single application or two can force it to be completely under their control.

On my private desktop computer with Windows 7 installed yesterday I changed the settings in Windows Update Center from "Automatic installs" to "Automatic downloads, but prompt me for install". This should allow me to decide when the install actually will run and thus give me as a user the power to first get my things done before letting the computer do its sanitary work. Let's see how this works out in the future.

( I actually wrote this blog posting on my second computer while waiting for my primary work computer to become usable again. )

12 blog comments below

amagard wrote:
Why you need at least two computers these days?

My answer is a simple one:

  • The first computer is in my town apartment (Windows 7)
  • The second computer is in my summer cottage (Lubuntu LTS)
jajarvin on Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:16 am
I used to have two computers.
A desktop and a notebook.
However, my desktop computer WIN XP frozen all the times.
I have to wait more than half hour to start up.
Every single action takes several minutes to react.

I tried to fix that, but found nothing wrong.

I gave it up after two months of trial, and I only use the notebook computer.
rx9876 on Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:35 am
OR you could turn off automatic scans/updates and run them manually from time to time, or set a schedule so that the system is scanned and updated at a time that you're not trying to do work. Much more pragmatic Razz
Ankhanu on Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:57 am
I do have two computers and have since college. More so when I moved out for my 3 yr program. I had my desktop computer in my apartment and then I carted a laptop back and forth since some of the applications you could install and use in the lab instead of one of the lab computers. I just sort of stuck with this model. I mean I had to get rid of my old desktop so I was just running my laptop for a while... then I bought a new Gateway all in one desktop (went well with the Gateway laptop Razz ). Now the laptop is gone and the desktop is actually still pretty awesome... granted I hardly do anything with it now except watch Netflix in the bedroom (large display so...). I have my new Alienware laptop now that I work off though I suspect I may look to buy a new computer (another laptop? a new desktop?) through Alienware and my laptop might truly be able to float around!

3 computers? o.O

I'm a sucker for my tech!
TheGremlyn on Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:25 pm
I have a desktop at home and a laptop that I only use for traveling. My desktop is a DELL with Windows 7. My laptop is a Toshiba Ultrabook also with Windows 7. Both are Pentium 7 - the desktop has 8GB RAM. I use Kaspersky in both. I don't have the same problem. My desktop boots almost immediately, particularly compared with Windows XP and I'm up and running on the Internet almost immediately. I agree with Ankhanu. Maybe you need to fix how your computer does the updating. Mine is scheduled for overnight on Wednesday. When I check my computer on a Thursday morning I usually need to get my Internet up again. But it's fast.

BUT maybe you're much better with your security than I am. Could be you are scanning for loads of stuff that Kaspersky isn't scanning for. So yours is safer?

The only time when my desktop at home is slightly slower is when I've been away for a period of time. Like for a couple or more weeks. Then both my laptop and desktop need to be updated for the Kaspersky security databases - I usually spend some time doing that first - and then need some extra time to run the updates once the security databases are up to date. I like to do all of that before I start up my browser.

Now with my desktop at work that's another matter. They've been loading so many security add-ons and are scanning for so many things, I've seen my Outlook for example becoming progressively slower and slower since when I first got my present Desktop two years ago - also a Pentium 7 Dell with 8GB RAM and Windows 7. I can get the system up and running fairly quickly but I find it drags for at least the first 20 minutes or so for everything to be in place. So I usually do other things first before I tackle my e-mails. But even after that there are scripts running in the background that are slowing down the speed of Outlook that have nothing to do with Microsoft, more to do with how my employer has set it up to scan for all kinds of things.
deanhills on Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:30 pm
I might be bad with my security... I mean I use Avast and I've been using it for years! I know it basically checked for updates for its definitions almost every time I log in, or mostly just first thing in the morning but it's been quick. I don't usually do any scans unless something new has happened or something seems odd in the behavior of my computer. Avast is usually ahead of all of that stuff anyways but stopping me from going to suspect sites or accessing bad content or warning me before opening or downloading or install something.

If I'm worried about my computer I'm more like to do a malware sweep with MalwareBytes and if it's really bad I can lean on RevoUninstaller Pro but I've never had anything so stubborn. If I actually ran a virus scan with Avast I'm pretty sure it would takes hours!

As for Windows updates... it's usually not that bad. Only rarely do I need to restart afterwards. It happens in the background... I've never really noticed it. My laptop has been slow since I got the replacement drive so I suspect it's garbage anyways so I'm actually looking at going full SSD, although a 7200 rpm disk drive might always work just as well for me.
TheGremlyn on Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:40 pm
I have too many computers - 2 desktop, 2 laptop and a tablet.
All are setup to download updates for me to install when I have a chance.
Virus scans are scheduled or run during 'lunch'.
standready on Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:27 pm
Actually I have six computers at home Shocked plus one business laptop.

1. Primary desktop computer, a Fujitsu/Siemes Scaleo, running Windows 7 currently, scheduled for Windows 10 upgrade
2. Secondary desktop computer, a SONY PCV-RX 202 with 512 MByte RAM and a 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 processor, running Windows XP, for some old games, meanwhile disconnected from the internet
3. An old thinkpad R50p I bought from my employer, used for playing with Linux Mint
4. An old thinkpad Lenovo W500 still having Windows XP installed. Not really used for anything at the moment
5. An Asus netbook connected to the amplifier in my living room, mainly used as "music box"
6. A Samsung Tablet for convenient surfing from my couch

OK, I am a topper here. Anyone with more computers @ home ?
amagard on Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:25 pm
My ancient (16 year old) Winbook laptop running Windows 98 just may have quit. Need to put in a new 'disc' battery that holds the CMOS up to find out for sure.
Yes, I still use this old thing for record keeping since it is off-line.
standready on Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:31 pm
I have 2 computers that share the same Keyboard and mouse using Synergy.

When one stalled a bit I use the other one.

One is research the other is my authoring computer..

The list of benefits is endless.. I could never go back to one computer ever.!!!
Possum on Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:34 pm
Ha Possum. That sounds awesome. Just checked out Synergy. Looks a bit complicated to set it up. Did you have challenges as well?
deanhills on Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:16 am
Well, I have two computers but I end up using only one of them. My old desktop just stays in the corner of my room. I just use its hard drive for backing up my large files.

I mostly use my laptop wherever I go. For work and for entertainment. The second computer for me is my smartphone.
playfungames on Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:24 pm

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