Patch Tuesday for June has arrived, bringing a bevy of security fixes along with a very important update for AMD-based Windows XP systems having problems updating to SP3, so pry yourself away from the barbeque grill and find out what's being fixed - and why.
June might be the beginning of summer, but Microsoft's not on vacation. They've been listening to gripes about Windows (Desktop) Search and Windows Home Server, and they're rolling out the solutions we need.
Fragmentation forces the drive head to jump all over the place to find the bits and pieces of files whenever you access them. Defragmentation, then, is the means by which these files are realigned into contiguous chunks. Windows Vista does this automatically, only the slow speed at which it defrags makes us wonder: Is the time spent worth the supposed performance payoff? And do third-party defragmenters, free or otherwise, do a better job? Should you spend money on third-party defrag tools? Our extensive experiments put commercial utilities (and Vista's built-in solution) to the test!