It's a good question
by MarkFlax - 8/11/06 1:14 PM
In Reply to: Question... by ckherring
Although I think you mean, ''Why was a defragmenter included with Windows XP, (and 95/98/ME/2000), by Microsoft''.
I make that small amendment, because many utilities that Microsoft supply with their Operating Systems are often improved upon by outside software companies, eg Diskeeper for defragging and other disk maintenance tasks.
But why was it created in the first place if it has no use? I bet you will get as many answers as their are grains of sand on a beach, but my own opinion is that Microsoft realised that installing, changing and deleting files from a hard disk caused fragmentation of the file structure and so, over time, file access whether it be for programs, or just for individual files like documents, images, music, etc, would begin to suffer. it would take longer for the Operating System, (OS), to find each part of a file before it could be opened or used.
So a disk defragmenter was supplied to help regain some semblance of order to the filing structure.
Personally I am not of the opinion that Microsoft's defragmenter is useless. I should say at this point that I don't know if it was originally Microsoft's utility. Microsoft have a history of buying out software utilities where they fit in with Microsoft's needs, so that may have happened way back with their defragmenter. But I have been using their defragmenter ever since I brought my first Windows OS, (Windows 95), back in 1996, and I have never seen the need to change to a 3rd party one.
I don't think it's to do with money, although we do pay for the OS, and of course that includes everything in it, so we may be paying for the defragmenter in that sense.
I believe that Microsoft do a lot of things well, but many of those individual things have been improved upon by others; eg;
Internet Browser. IE is inbuilt into the OS, but there are Opera, Netscape, Firefox, all of which can be said are better browsers.
Windows Media Player, inbuilt into the OS, (although it can be disabled), but there are many flavors of different media players available.
Disk Defragmenter, inbuilt into the OS, but Diskeeper is just one of the 3rd party disk utility options available.
Firewall, Windows has its own, but many say it is limited and that there are better, 3rd party, firewalls available.
The list is endless.
I hope this helps.
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