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Chapter 1. What's New in Windows 98 > An Operating System That Maintains Itself

An Operating System That Maintains Itself

Maintaining the health of your PC is like visiting the dentist. Even highly motivated PC users do irksome maintenance chores less often than they should. Windows 98 can't supply extra motivation, but it does include software that automates some of the more unpleasant tasks. Most notable is the Tune-Up Wizard, which regularly scans local hard disks for errors, defragments disks, and cleans up unneeded files-all without requiring any work from you.

And if you've ever tried to use Windows 95 to troubleshoot a hardware or software problem, you've probably experienced information overload. With Windows 98, the new System Information tool consolidates a wealth of data—about system resources, hardware, components, and running tasks—in a single location. This well-organized window is also a launching pad for other troubleshooting tools, such as the System File Checker (which undoes the damage when a crucial file becomes corrupted) and the Registry Checker (which automatically backs up your database of system settings for quick recovery in the event of trouble). And whenever Microsoft issues a Windows patch, you can install it automatically by clicking the Windows Update icon.


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