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Subject: Re: Stupid Computer Date: 9/9/1999 1:27 PM
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Regarding computers that are running more and more slowly, read this before you buy:

First, run the Disk Defragmenter utility on your Windows 95/98 system. A fragmented disk is a major cause of slow machines.

Second, run ScanDisk to make sure you don't have physical problems with the disk.

Third, if you hard drive is of sufficient size, and if you have no bad clusters on the disk, convert it to a FAT32 drive to free up more disk space.

Fourth, delete unused applications; if you know how to *safely* edit the Registry, check the Registry to ensure that the application's information is deleted from the Registry. (If you don't know how to edit the Registry safely, go to Barnes & Noble and buy the Registry Little Black Book - $30.00 and worth every penny.)

Fifth, after reading the Registry Little Black Book, find the routine that shows you how to compact the Registry and do it.

Sixth, use a ZIP archiving utility to archive unused/seldom-used files; this frees up more space.

Seventh, remove as many unused/seldom-used files from the hard drive to offline storage (i.e., floppy/ZIP disks).

Eighth, check your Swap File and Memory settings; if your memory write-ahead caching is set too low, Windows will write to the hard drive too often and slow down performance.

ONLY after you have done these things should you then evaluate your system for upgrade or replacement.

Don't confuse memory (RAM) with storage; buying a bigger hard drive won't improve your system memory capacity (unless you create a one-gigabyte partition and use it for your swap file ;-). But adding more memory is a lot more affordable than it used to be; if you can afford to max-out your system's memory, it'a good investment.

If you can't afford an entirely new computer, consider buying an accelerator chip and piggybacking it on your old Pentium. (I think they still make accelerators for Pentiums.)

Good luck, and Fool On!
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