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4. Memory Hacks > 36. Force Windows 98 and Me to Swap Less

Force Windows 98 and Me to Swap Less

Tame Windows use of the swapfile and improve your system’s performance in one simple parameter.

Windows 98 and Me can be configured to force the operating system to prefer operating in RAM, conserving swapfile use by not swapping memory to disk as much, and improving system performance. To do this, add a single line in the [386Enh] section of the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI text. This hack is advantageous only if your computer exceeds the minimum RAM requirements for your operating system as listed in Table 4-1 by at least 2-3 times. This should give you more than enough RAM to hold the operating system and your applications.

Warning

If you have only the minimum amount of RAM required up to the recommended amount, you may not have enough room for applications and data and may encounter an “out of memory” error [Hack #34] .


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