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Upgrading Your Hardware

If you're running Windows 2000 Professional on a full-bore, state-of-the-art system such as a multiprocessor Compaq or a top-notch Pentium III system, and your system has a fast video accelerator, a SCSI drive, and lots of memory, you don't have much more to do in the way of actual hardware optimizing. You might want to consider Windows 2000 Professional's appetite and throw as much RAM as possible at it, adjust the pagefile sizes, or convert as many partitions to NTFS as you can. Some of the settings you can make were discussed in Chapter 29, "Customizing via Control Panel Applets," and the remainder will be discussed in Chapter 31, "System Management and Configuration Tools," and Chapter 33, "Managing the Hard Disk."

By the same token, if you're on a single Windows 2000 Professional workstation doing common, everyday tasks such as word processing, and you're satisfied with the performance of your computer as a whole, you probably don't need to worry about performance boosters anyway. Your system is probably running just fine, and the time you waste trying to fine-tune it could be better spent doing whatever it is you use your computer for (like earning a living).


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