Windows 98 Computer maintenances, as applicable..
There is no such thing as a lazy man's dream that one free or bought software will give you all the computer, INTERNET security, protection you need.. with no real effort, work on your own part too.. no such thing..
The system configuration utility allows you to control which programs are loaded and opened when you START your system up each time. Windows 98® and later editions provide a utility called "msconfig" to allow users a quick interface for changing their system configuration. To run this utility click on "Start", then click on "Run". A "run" dialog box will open: type "msconfig" in the dialog box and click on the "OK" button( fig. 1). This will open the "System Configuration Utility" known as msconfig. You will see ( fig. 2 )six tabs at the top The tab titled "Startup" is where we will begin to find ways to improve your system performance. Click on the Startup tab and the window looks like this( fig. 3 ), although the contents of startup will usually differ slightly from system to system. This interface allows you to make changes to your system configuration that control the startup of programs . We recommend making changes one at a time to see the effects and ensure that the change was not undesired.
Removing some non needed items from your start-up menu will improve the systems resources. Your antivirus program should be loaded.
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Startup Control Panel is a nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts. It's simple to use and, like all my programs, is very small and won't burden your system. A valuable tool for system administrators! Startup Control Panel is compatible with all modern versions of Windows, including Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP. Download Startup Control Panel 2.7 (66kb) or Standalone EXE Version (38kb)
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For example windows occupies the end zone up to the 20 yard line. Over time as different programs are added and removed programs end up scattered. So a single program can have chunks in 15 places all over the field. When you go to access this from your hard drive it takes longer as it has to gather the information from a range of places. There is a built in program in Windows that will go through your hard drive and put all these programs back together in one physical place on your hard drive, thus allowing faster access time.
This program is called Disk Defragmenter. To run it click on your Start button then Programs then Accessories. Under Accessories click on System Tools then you will see Disk Defragmenter. Run the Defragmenter and click on OK after selecting the drive to defragment. By default it will be Drive C: 95% of peoples main drive. It may want to do a Scan Disk first to get a map of the drive and be warned, very messy drives can take hours to defragment. During this time you can't use your computer so pick a time when you won't need it. While it's defragging click on "Show Details" and you will see it moving bits of data around (you will get bored of watching that quickly.) When it finishes, reboot your computer and you should find things loading a bit faster. It's good to do a defrag ever month or two to keep it in top shape.
This can be a good way of freeing up extra hard drive space and putting off that upgrade.
In the Registry (yes, this means you are editing the brains of your operating system so if you feel uneasy about this then you should be hiring a professional), navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Applets \ Defrag \ Settings. Now you will see a list of four important subkeys: Disable loadqm.exe, Disable loadwc.exe, Disable ScreenSaver, and Disable Wkdetect.exe. Now double click on each of these entries (Default) values and set them to "YES" (in the right-hand pane).
But what else gets interrupted with disk activity? Scandisk. So, in the same Applets hierarchy, scroll down the list until you see the Scandisk key. Continue to cascade through to its Settings key and you will find: Disable loadqm.exe, Disable loadwc.exe, and Diisable ScreenSaver. Do the same thing here as you did for the Defrag key. NOTE: this will only suspend operation of those utilities while Defrag or Scandisk are being run. LOADWC.EXE (Windows Update Checker), LOADQM.EXE (Query Manger), and WKDETECT.EXE (Update Checker for Microsoft Works) can safely be turned off in the Startup tab of MSCONFIG. " http://www.tpsconsulting.com/tips2.htm#DISK%20DEFRAG
If you find that you are getting "script errors" or "active X" errors while surfing the net, it might be because your internet security settings are set wrong. The following is how I have mine set, which gives me the security required to surf safely as well as be able to experience all the multimedia effects that are showing up on some websites. To view your settings and to make changes please follow these steps:
From an open window of your Internet Explorer, click on TOOLS then on INTERNET OPTIONS. If you are on a dial up connection and would rather not start your Internet Explorer then you can go to the CONTROL PANEL and click on INTERNET OPTIONS. This gets you to the same place.
Now click on the SECURITY tab then click on INTERNET icon
Optimizing Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer or IE is the most popular web browser in the world currently. It comes with all Windows Operation Systems so most of you are probably using it to "surf the net" right now. Unfortunately the default settings of IE can cause it to slow down over time as it becomes bogged down with saved copies of webpages and images from them. Here's some quick tips to streamlining your web browser to get the best speed and performance out of it. This applies to users of IE version 5.0 or higher. If you are using an older version I'd suggest upgrading to the newest version. This can be done at this address
If you have IE 5.0 or newer, here's what you do.
Often there will be advertisements online that will say something like "Enhance Your Internet." They suggest by installing their free software you can enhance or maximize your Internet. What they don't tell you is what they mean by "maximize." Most people would assume they mean increase your Internet speed. However usually they mean they'll install a slowdown, an add-on to your browser that will "enhance" your surfing by popping up ads from time to time. This is the case with sites like BonziBUDDY or Comet Cursor. If you find yourself being annoyed by one of these add-ons here's help:
Anyone who's been on the Internet for any length of time knows how annoying unsolicited emails or SPAM can be. There are some tips we offer:
To back up your mail message files, follow these steps:
Note: Each message folder has one message file (*.mbx) and one index file (*.idx). There's is no need to copy the *.idx files. Some message files might be too large to back up onto a floppy disk.
If you want to clear the list of previous search words, do the following:
For Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later:
By default Internet browsers have the startup website (or homepage) already set. Internet Explorer for example uses msn.com as their default start page. But you can easily change this to any website you would like. This also works if your homepage has been changed by accident.
Outlook Express. (Windows 98)
If you don't like how Outlook Express looks, you can easily change it. Select the "View" menu, choose "Layout." From here, you can enable or disable toolbars, disable or enable the message preview pane, and more.
Email. (Windows 98)
Using the run dialog of Windows, you can quickly and easily send email via your default email program. To send an email from anywhere in windows: Open the run dialog by pressing the windows key + r then type "mailto:" without the quotes. Insert the full email address of the recipient. Press Enter and a new email form will be loaded. Fill in the subject, type your message and send.
Windows Outlook Express Tips, Tricks and Secrets.
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