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Chapter 5. Maximizing Performance > Removing Software Bottlenecks

5.1. Removing Software Bottlenecks

In some ways, Windows Me takes good advantage of your hardware, a liberating change from the stifling experience of Windows 3.x from years past. In other ways, however, Windows itself can be a bottleneck, causing frustration and wasted time. Because all the software you run is dependent upon the operating system, tweaking Windows for better performance can result in performance gains across the board.

First, there's one easy thing you can do to make Windows substantially more responsive than when you first install it. Windows Me adds animation to almost every visual component in the operating system, something that can make your new Pentium 4 seem like a 386. Fortunately, it's easy to turn off some or all of the animation, which will make Windows more responsive and easier to work with. See Section 2.2.2 in Chapter 2, for more information.


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