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Windows 98 SE Fix

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Solid_Froggy, Apr 10, 2004.

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  1. Solid_Froggy

    Solid_Froggy Thread Starter

    Apr 2, 2004
    Here is a fix that Windows 98 SE can do to make your computer run a lot faster:


    "This tweak is definitely one to pass along to friends. Windows 98 accesses your swap file (virtual memory) before it runs out of RAM (physical memory)-- which, from a user's point of view, is completely nuts. Virtual memory will always operate slower than physical memory, so why does Windows 98 insist on using both? Frankly, I don't know. According to article Q223294 in the Microsoft knowledge base, this new method is more efficient. Uh huh. Thank goodness they've posted a fix!

    Yes, if you have more than 64 megabytes of RAM and you're running Windows 98, you'll wanna give this a shot. In your SYSTEM.INI file, under the [386Enh] section header, add this line:


    Reboot, and I believe you'll find your system more responsive. Your mileage may vary!"

    And yes, having exactly 64 megs of RAM is OK. And no, it won't work with any other flavor of Windows 98 (Second Edition ONLY) and no, it won't work with any other flavor of Windows, including 95, ME, NT, 2000 or XP. Let me know if this works for you!

    A note on making the change: BE CAREFUL!

    You can open up the SYSTEM.INI file a couple of ways: with Notepad (it's a text file), or with the command SYSEDIT in the Run box off of your start menu. If you use SYSEDIT, all of your .INI and .BAT files will tile for you to edit - just edit SYSTEM.INI.

    Above all, and let me say it again, be careful...these are the system
    startup files you're working with. Copy and paste the string onto a line of its own, just below the section header (the [386enh] line), and save the file. Then restart. It's a good idea to backup or use GoBack if you're not sure of your ability to deal with this.

    One last option is a product called CacheMan, available at
    http://www.outertech.com - this software will do much of what is recommended
    without the tinkering with the actual INI files.

    :eek: You Just Got Advice From a 12 Year Old! :eek:
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2000
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Under [386Enh], get rid of that "ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1" entry.

    Under [vcache], get rid of everything listed there.

    Go into Virtual Memory and allow Windows to manage it.

    Forget about Cacheman. It may have been useful for Windows 95, but not for Windows 98.

    Windows 98 does a better job of memory management than Windows 95 does.

    The link that WhitPhil sent you on memory management is a good one to read.
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