Maintaining your computer is the key to
having it healthy and fully working and of course, fast. Windows 95 has
most of the tools for maintaining your PC, but Windows 98 extends the
possibilities and makes it even a less hassle job. If you follow the
list below and run the programs listed frequently, you will be
guaranteed to have a maintained computer at no extra cost. There are,
however, other programs in the market with stronger engines, but then
again, they're not free (stop smiling...)
of these programs can be found under the Start, Programs, Accessories,
System Tools folder.
1. Disk Defrag: It
is advisable to run Defrag under Windows 95 once a month or when you
add/remove programs. However, under Windows 98, you can run it every
week if you want because the new technology it holds means that the more
you run it, the faster your computer will get. What happens is that your
programs are placed on your hard disk in a way that the ones you use
most often are easier for the hard disk to find and run. Make sure
that the 'make my programs run faster' is ticked in the settings windows
Running a thorough check is good once a month in both Windows 95 and 98.
Run this once a month if you feel that your hard disk takes a long time
to load programs. A standard check is very fast and checks for
basic disk problems concerning files and folders and lost fragments.
It takes an average 2 minutes to complete so try running it often.
3. Disk cleanup:
This one is good for seeing how much disk space is being used up by
unnecessary files that are in the recycle bin, temp folder, or in
temporary internet folders. You can then remove them!
4. RegClean: A
simple but effective piece of software this is. You can download it for
free from Microsoft's web site.
It is also available on many magazine cover disks. Reg Clean takes about
a minute to check the registry. Then it asks whether you want to clean
out redundant or orphan file. This usually helps the computer to get rid
of files that have been left behind by uninstalled programs.
5. Windows update:
It is also a good idea to use Windows Update to make sure your computer
is always updated. You can do so by clicking on its icon in the
Start Menu under Windows 98.
6. TweakALL: A
very handy program that allows to change settings which cannot be
changed using Windows alone!