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Summary

This chapter showed you how to give Windows 98 a tune-up by optimizing memory, hard disk access, the CD-ROM cache, and more. You'll find more information related to these issues in the following chapters:

  • For hardware-related performance issues, see Chapter 10, “Getting the Most Out of Device Manager and Hardware Profiles.”

  • You can use the Registry for some performance tuning. I show you how in Chapter 13, “A Few Good Hacks: Some Useful Registry Tweaks.”

  • For more data on the Windows 98 file system, including instructions on how to compress disks to get more space, see Chapter 15, “Disk Driving: The Windows 98 Disk Utilities.”

  • To learn about backing up files, try out Chapter 16, “Working with a Net: The Windows 98 Backup Utility.”

  • I cover ScanDisk, the Maintenance Wizard, the Scheduled Tasks folder, and lots more in Chapter 17, “Wielding the Windows 98 System Tools.”

  • I talk a bit about optimizing printing in Chapter 21, “Prescriptions for Perfect Printing.”

  • To get the best performance out of your DOS programs, see Chapter 23, “DOS Isn't Dead: Unleashing the DOS Shell.”

  • The two chapters in Part V, “Unleashing Multimedia: The Sights and Sounds of Windows 98,” contain tips and techniques for optimizing multimedia.


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