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More tweaks to enhance performance

    On this page:
    • Write-behind for Removable Drives
    • Redundant Drivers
    • Floppy Drive
    • Fast Exit and Restart
    • DriveSpace
    • Turbo
    • Power Conservation
    • Advanced Power Management

Write-behind for Removable Drives

Optimizing Removable Drives

Windows 98 +

You can use write-behind caching to improve the performance of removable disk drives like ZIP or JAZ drives.

To enable write-behind caching for removable disk drives:

Select Control Panel / System / Performance tab

Click File System and then Removable Disk tab

Enable Enable write-behind caching on all removable disk drives


If any problem should result just go back and disable that selection.


Remove old drivers

Congratulations on (all) the upgraded hardware you now have, but did you forget to remove the old drivers.

When you upgrade hardware you also install new drivers. If you remove the older hardware, then always remove the drivers of that hardware, and tell Windows that the hardware is no longer in use.

Over time a system can become crammed with outdated drivers, and this can lead to decrease performance. It can also lead to identification problems when reinstalling or updating drivers.

Right-click My Computer, and select Properties • Device Manager
All the installed hardware is listed. If you see device(s) that are no longer in use or in the system, then you should locate and remove their drivers, and Remove the hardware item(s). Best of all just reinstall Windows once, or twice, yearly! Its like getting a brand 'new' system! Unfortunately you would also have to reinstall all 32-bit software, updates and bug-fixes, tweaks.

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Increase the speed of your Floppy read and write

Floppies have always have been very slow, and still are!

However just running your Floppy under Windows, rather than under DOS, will improve the speed considerably.

Windows use the faster 32-bit floppy disk drivers while the slower 16-bit drivers are used under DOS.

So if you have any real Floppy work to do, it is worthwhile doing it in Windows, or even at a DOS prompt under Windows.

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FAST EXIT & RESTART             All Users

Quickly Exit, or Restart, Windows

You can remove some of the pain involved in closing Windows 98 / 95. Just create a Exit or a Restart shortcut button on your Desktop and you can exit or restart with a single or double click.

1. Activate the Desktop i.e. left-click on an empty area
2. Right-click an empty area and select New, then Shortcut
3. Enter the following in the Command line: box
(if C: is not the Windows directory, then change it)
4. Click Continue or Next
5. Enter a name for the new shortcut i.e. EXIT Fast
6. Click Finish

Same as above except for line 3
3. Enter the following in the Command line: box

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Compression will slow you down

DriveSpace may indeed free up as much as 50-60% of the hard disk. However ...

Reduced Performance?

As files have to be compressed/decompressed, using DriveSpace will reduce performance by about 10%. You would have to accept this reduced performance for increased storage space!

However if you have version 3.x of DriveSpace, you have another option. Apparently this version allows the allocation of partitions (for smaller cluster sizes) which do not have compressed data. Hence you could have programs on uncompressed partitions, and storage on compressed, without a noticeable deterioration in performance.

Version 3 is in Windows 95b (and later), and also in Windows Plus!

To date this Site has no experience with this item. Feedback appreciated.

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Turbo Button

A gentle reminder from the past!

Many older PCs have a Turbo button to the front of the computer case.
It was necessary, long ago, for running some software.

This can be unknowingly switched off,
and reduce performance substantially - by some 20%.

Keep it switched ON.

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To get the best performance from your system, check that any BIOS settings for power conservation are disabled.

These settings often reduce CPU speed after a short period of inactivity, such as when you stop typing or stop moving the mouse.

(CPU Overclockers should remember this!)

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With the Western World's move to save energy, computer component manufacturers were forced into the Energy Star system.

APM has two distinct components

1. The first one is in the hardware, is set-up in your BIOS, and definitely should be enabled.
This is where the some of the functions can be controlled (depending on your motherboard and BIOS) such as your hard drive, cooling fan, video, system sleep/wake, etc (see BIOS in the Overclocking Page).

2. The other component is in Windows 95/98. One of the components in Windows is controlled by the Power icon in Control Panel.
The items in here are generally geared for notebook/laptop systems and NOT for the usual Home systems. Enabling these settings have been known to lock up systems, cause mouse-speaker noise problems, etc.
If you do not need it, then do not use it - disable it in Control Panel.

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Please remember that you alone are responsible for the consequences of any changes you make to your computer hardware or software.

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