Part One: Virtual Memory
* Right click on My Computer, and select Properties. * Click the Performance tab, and then click Virtual Memory * Choose Let me specify my own virtual memory settings. * If you want to choose a different drive for your swapfile, run Disk Defragmenter first. * Specify the same value for the Minimum size and the Maximum size, so windows won't spend so much time resizing the file. A good size is roughly 2 1/2 times the amount of installed RAM (i.e. create a 40MB swapfile if you have 16MB of RAM). * Press OK, and then OK again, and confirm that you want to restart your computer.
Part Two: Defragmenting the Swapfile
* Once you've set the swapfile size to be constant (see Part One), you won't have to worry about a fragmented (broken up) swapfile again. * However, you'll need to defragment it at least once for it to remain that way in the future. * If you have Norton Utilities, you'll be able to optimize the swapfile with Speedisk. * Otherwise, if you want to take the time, you can defragment it manually: * If you have more than one partition or hard disk in your system, defragment all drives first. Then, move the swapfile (using the configuration procedure in Part One above) to another drive, defragment the first one, and then move it back. * Although it's also possible to disable the swapfile entirely while you defragment the drive (and then re-enable it so it will be recreated whole), it isn't advisable because windows may not start without a Swapfile.
Part Three: Virtual Cache (only if you have 16 megabytes of RAM or more)
* Open SYSTEM.INI for editing. * Add the following two lines to the [vcache] section (add the section if it's not there): MinFileCache=4096 MaxFileCache=4096 * These values, in kilobytes, regulate the size of the VCache, so you can stop it from filling up all available RAM and paging all loaded apps to disk. If you have more than 16 MB of RAM, then set the above values (both of them) to about 25% of the amount of installed RAM.
If you have 32 MB of RAM or more, change your computer's File System Setting to Network Server so that it uses more 40K instead of 10K of memory for caching even though you are using a computer as a Desktop machine. Select System icon from Control Panel, select Performance Tab, click on File System button. In the Hard Disk tab select Network Server from the popup list.
In the MSDOS.SYS file (read only), add the following lines:
Doublebuffer=1 Dblspace=0 Drvspace=0 Logo=0 Bootdelay=0
In the CONFIG.SYS file, add the following line: Stacks=0,0
Redraw? the logo.sys icon (the windows startup/shutdown) logos.sys and logow.sys don't forget that in paint you have to go to image -> attributes and set them for 1 pixel by 1 pixel monochrome -> that's down from 126 KB to 66 bytes! (Yes we've already disabled logo in msdos.sys)
Install the latest drivers (from the manufacturer of video card etc.) Reduce the screen resolution/# of colors Reduce the number of icons on the desktop Line up icons? Defragment - FREQUENTLY Disable the CD/Rom (unless using it) from BIOS Reduce the number of fonts? No windows sounds