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Chapter 19. Configuring Your Computer > Getting the Most from Your Computer Res...

Getting the Most from Your Computer Resources

Computers on the market today have many similarities. They are based on the same family of computer chips, and they have similar components, such as memory, hard disks, and power supplies. Still, the differences between various makes and models of personal computers are greater today than ever before. DOS gives you the tools to fine-tune the operation of every element of your computer system, an exercise often called configuring your system. You can adjust a bewildering number of settings; how you manipulate these settings greatly affects how efficiently your PC works. Sadly, the people who do not understand how to configure their PCs greatly outnumber the people who do. By reading this chapter, you can become one of the latter.

Fortunately, the folks at Microsoft realize that configuring a modern PC can be challenging for most users, and perhaps the most important tool that Microsoft includes with DOS is MemMaker, a tool that performs the hardest part of the configuration automatically. If you want to call yourself a PC guru, you need to understand the configuration process; but if you're a novice user, the worst part of working with MS-DOS just disappeared.


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