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ARMiller's Windows 95 Setup

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The information presented below has pretty much run its course, since we switching over to Windows 98. Therefore, I am not regularly maintaining the links.

You can increase the speed of Windows 95 and make it easier to use by following the simple changes described here. For example, Win95 tries to use all of the free memory for a disk cache and all of the free disk space for virtual memory. This results in much disk "thrashing". By restricting the size of the disk cache and virtual memory, you can greatly reduce disk activity. This information was taken from my computer logs based on ideas found in computer magazines and the comp, Microsoft, and Netscape news groups. See PC World Tips for hundreds of ideas (in no particular order).

Some of the fine-tuning steps that follow are simply small adjustments you make to your version of Windows 95 while others involve downloading and installing software from the internet. Some of the software is an upgrade to the earliest version of Win95. Of course, you should not apply the upgrade if you have a newer version of Win95. There are three versions of Win95 known as 950, 950a, and 950B. If you have versions a or B of Windows 95, you should not install the upgrades. To check the version, right click My Computer, the icon on the desktop, and pick the menu item Properties. If the version number is 4.00.950, you should install all the upgrades. However, if the version number is 4.00.950a, it means that at least the main upgrade has been installed. Version 4.00.950B, also known as OSR2, was originally programmed with the changes.

  1. Set Windows Explorer Features

  2. Create a working folder on D or E called Scratch
    When you download files from the internet, Win95 wants to put them somewhere hard to find. Instead, put these files into your scratch folder. (If you only have drive C, get Partition Magic, to partition your disk into three or four parts. This program does not disturb the data.)

  3. Run Scandisk to check the file system

  4. Set the disk cache size so Win95 won't take all your memory

  5. Set the virtual memory size and move it to drive D or E

  6. Set Recycle Bin size

  7. Change Start menu to small icons so you can have more items on it

  8. Put Control Panel on the Start Menu
    The Control Panel has several programs you need to run every so often.

  9. Put Your Desktop on the Start Menu
    Sometimes your desktop is hidden by windows and so it is hard to get to shortcuts there. If you put a shortcut to the Desktop on the Start Menu you can start these programs easier.

  10. Check for conflicting hardware

  11. Adjust your screen resolution with Microsoft's QuickRes

    If you have version 4.00.950b, skip this section since QuickRes is included.

  12. Delete useless copies of Mscreate.dir

  13. Fine tune your system with Microsoft's Tweak UI

  14. Identify shortcut targets with Microsoft's Shortcut Target Menu

  15. Identify contents of folders with Microsoft's Contents Menu

  16. Let System Agent schedule your maintenance

  17. Install Quick View to easily look at contents of files

  18. Install Microsoft's Regclean
    Get Regclean and run it every other day, and whenever you remove a program or your computer crashes. There initially was a problem with Internet Explorer version 4, but that has been fixed. The new RegClean.exe, version 4.1, is dated 12/30/97 and is safe to use.

  19. Upgrade Original Windows 95 with Service Pack 1
    If you have the newer version of Windows 95 called OSR2, skip on to the next section 2

  20. Update the OSR2 version of Windows 95
    This section is only for the OSR2 version (4.00.950B) of Windows 95. If you have an earlier version of Win95 skip over this section. If you don't know your version, see the beginning of the previous section.

  21. Add Notepad or your favorite editor to the Send To menu

  22. Install Resource Meter to monitor your system resources

  23. Install Task Manager to easily switch windows

  24. Install Pkunzip to unzip downloaded files

  25. Set your time zone

  26. Install SocketWatch to automatically set your computer clock

  27. Display the day of the month on your system tray

  28. Analyze and fine-tune your computer with Wintune

  29. Fine tune Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 (MSIE4) If you have MSIE4, there are several default settings you should change in improve the performance of your computer. To do this, follow the steps in MSIE 4 Tune-Up

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