Where do I start? Firstly, what of these settings do work only work for Windows 95 and 98, some for ME as well. None of these do anything for 2k/XP, or any NT based OS for that matter. config.sys, msdos.sys, io.sys, system.ini, and win.ini only exist in 2k/XP for compatibility with old applications. You can delete them if you want. Though some older programs may freak out.....
These settings do nothing, thats right, nothing! Someone pulled these right out of their asses. And Microsoft is lying about conventional memory? The entire notion of conventional memory is related to DOS. Do you still run DOS applications? No!. Conventional memory and upper memory have absolutely nothing to do with Windows or any of its components.
Originally Posted by jaeger
Stops Win95/98 from displaying the 95/98 boot logo. Saves no startup time at all.
There are some even more exciting settings available within the msdos.sys file for optimizing the boot process. Before you can modify the msdos.sys file (which is a hidden file, by the way, so you'll have to set Windows to show hidden files from within Windows Explorer), you will need to remove its read-only attribute. To do this, right click on the file, enter its properties menu, and uncheck read-only. Now that you've done that, open the file in notepad and add the following lines:
Logo=0 - This setting turns off the silly Windows splash screen during startup. Disabling this will shave a few seconds off your boot time.
Saves at most 3KB convential memory, but of course not that it matters.
Drvspace=0 - This setting turns off support for Drivespace-compressed FAT16 drives. Since no one uses this anymore, it is safe to disable. Disabling it will not only speed up your boot time, but it will also free up some extra resources as well
Same as above...
Dblspace=0 - Same as above, but this time for Doublespace-compressed FAT16 drives.
What log? 95/98 only make a boot log when told to do so from the Windows Boot Menu (F8 at Startup) And even then its a simple text file that takes at most a millisecond to create!
DisableLog=1 - This setting disables the log file which Windows creates by default when booting up. Disabling this will shave a few seconds off your boot time, and since no one ever uses the log file for anything anyway, it won't be missed.
If you are shutting your computer down by just hitting the power button its quite possible for your filesystem to in a inconsistant state. This is because of disk write cache. This is why Scandisk runs in these situations. Now, if you are flushing the write cache before powering down then this is not a problem. There are many utilities out there that will cause windows to the flush the disk cache out.
AutoScan=0 - This line disables the automatic scandisk that is run if the computer is improperly shutdown - saving a bunch of time if you are constantly restarting your computer using the power button instead of the 'correct' way. Sadly, however, this doesn't appear to work with Windows Me.
Applying these tweaks from a 4 year old article on any windows 95/98 system will result in no performance increase and nothing at all happening....
Applying these tweaks should dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes for your computer to start up or reboot. Hopefully, these tweaks will help your computer boot up faster, and give you a slight performance boost as well.
People, please, there is no "MakeMyWindozSuparFast" setting. It just does not exist. If it did be assured it would be turned on by default.