Maintaining your computer is the key to
keeping it healthy and fully working and of course, fast.
Windows 95 has most of the tools for maintaining your
PC, but Windows 98 extends the possibilities and makes
it even less of a hassle. If you follow the list below and
run the programs listed frequently, you will be
guaranteed to have a maintained computer at no extra
cost. There are, however, other programs in the market
with stronger engines, but then again, they're not free
Most of these programs can be found under the Start ,
Programs , Accessories, System Tools folder .
1. Disk Defrag : It is advisable to run Defrag under
Windows 95 once a month or when you add/remove
programs. However, under Windows 98, you can run it
every week if you want because it has a new engine,
which means that the more you run it, the faster your
computer will get. What happens is that your programs
are placed on your hard disk in a way so that the ones
you use most often are easier for the hard disk to find
and run. Make sure that the 'make my programs run
faster' is ticked in the 'Settings' window in Defrag.
2. Scandisk: Running a thorough check is good once a
month in both Windows 95 and 98. Run this once a
month if you feel that your hard disk takes a long time
to load programs. A standard check is very fast and
checks for basic disk problems concerning files and
folders and lost fragments. It takes an average 2
minutes to complete so try running it often.
3. Disk cleanup: This one is good for seeing how much
disk space is being used up by unnecessary files that are
in the recycle bin, temp folder, or in temporary internet
folders. You can then remove them!
4. RegClean : A simple but effective piece of software
this is. You can download it for free from Microsoft's
web site. It is also available on many magazine cover
disks. Reg Clean takes about a minute to check the
registry. Then it asks whether you want to clean out
redundant or orphan file. This usually helps the
computer to get rid of files that have been left behind by
5. Windows update: It's a good idea to use Windows
Update to make sure your computer has all the latest
fixes, patches and updates. You can do so by clicking on
its icon in the Start Menu under Windows 98.
6. Tweak ALL : A very handy program that allows to
change settings, which cannot be changed using