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DeFrag? does W98SE tell how many times a prog. has been loaded?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Gary R, Dec 24, 2001.

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  1. Gary R

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    I seem to remember reading somewhere W98SE has a function that allows you to see how many times a program has loaded since the last Defrag (or was it Scandisk???)
    Does it, and if so where is it?
     
  2. Bryan

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    Your talking about a file called Optlog.txt but the number of uses in that file is a running total, not a total since the last defrag. I don't know of any file that gives you the number of uses since the last defrag.
     
  3. Gary R

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    Optlog is more than likely what I was trying to remember.
    Next question: Where is it? Looked with 'Find Files and Folders', but not listed.
     
  4. TonyKlein

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    It ought to sit in your Windows\Applog folder.

    That is, presumably, if you haven't deleted or emptied that folder previously in order to troubleshoot a defrag problem, and if you have Taskmon.exe enabled in Msconfig/startup.

    Grtz. .
     
  5. TonyKlein

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    And it is a hidden file, of course, as Applog is a hidden folder.
    Is 'show all files' checked in Folder Options?
     
  6. Gary R

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    Thanks for info re files & locating them.
    I noticed that the Applog folder is over 4.5Mb. Just how big can it get, and should it be emptied occasionally to save drive space, & if so, how is it cleaned?
    The "Window Washer" (Vers. 4.0) program doesn't clean it out it looks like.
     
  7. TonyKlein

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    I think it should generally be left alone, if you want Defrag to keep optimizing programs.

    To tell you the truth, I have no idea how big the folder should be. It depends for a large part on the number of applications you have running.
    I have no way of checking this on my own system, as I've disabled Taskmon.exe from startup, and emptied my Applog folder.

    In my experience you can't really tell the difference with Taskmon enabled or disabled on most modern systems anyway, so you could experiment with disabling Taskmon, and deleting your Applog folder yourself as well.

    Good luck,
     
  8. Dan O

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    I agree with Tony but it's your call. But 4.5MB is large, to delete or rename it.

    Set Windows to show all files. To do this, open Windows Explorer, and on the Tools menu, Click Folder Options .

    Click the View tab, click Show all files for Windows 98 or Show hidden files and folders , Click Apply and then click OK .

    Delete the Applog folder from C:\Windows, and then run the Disk Cleanup Tool.

    After you have removed the Applog folder and the temporary files in the steps above, run ScanDisk and then run the Disk Deframenter again.

    FYI - In some cases, after you use Speed Disk/Defrag your applications will run slower than before. This is due to the interaction between defragmentation programs and Applog. Applog is a program Windows 98 uses to improve performance of your computer. Speed Disk uses Applog information to arrange the files on the drive to speed up the system. However, in rares cases it will cause applications to actually run slower.
     
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