Tagging multiple files in Win95 causes duplicates

Posted on 1997-12-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Have recently installed Win95 on 2 computers 1Pent-90 & 1 DX100.  When tagging multiple files (Ctrl + Rt mouse click) system automatically makes copies of the tagged files in the original directory after some arbitrary # of files are tagged.  Happens on C-drv and A-drv.  System copies whole folders/directories ok.  Have tried all I know & can't find problem or anyone who has had same experience.  Have other computers not showing this problem.  Is there a  files & buffers equiv in Win95?  Maybe a cache problem? Any help would be appreciated.
Bob H.
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smeebud earned 100 total points
ID: 1752250
Unless you've got your mouse reversed for the right and left buttons, you should use CTRL+LEFT mouse click.
Reboot and as soon as you get into windows check your memory resources and post back what it says.

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smeebud - your answer is great but my question/problem was incorrectly stated.   I must be getting dyslexic at this age.  I am using the left mouse button but stated the right button by mistake.  Any suggestions?
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Reboot and as soon as you get into windows check your memory
resources and post back what it says.
That would be "Right click MY COMPUTER" properties, Performance Tab. Post your resources.
Also, using CTRL+ALT+DEL close every application except Explorer and your explorer file manager. Then try multi tagging.
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smeebud:  thanks for the answer.  I'm at my computer at home right now (Win3.1) so can't give your suggestion a try til the morrow.  Will check it out on the machine at the office and let you know what I find.  P.S. this problem is occurring outside of Explorer as well.
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Let me know the details.

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smeebud:  here is the Performance info you asked about.  See anything special or suspicious?  I have been looking at the keyboard settings in CMOS as well.
Mem:  32.0 MB ram
Sys resources:  90% free
File Sys:  32-bit
Virtual Mem:  32-bit
Disk compression:  Not installed
PCMCIA:  none installed

System configured for optimal performance.
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That all look good.
You said, "this problem is occurring outside of Explorer as well."
Tell me what happens where/when, what you are doing when it happens.
Have you set a permanent Swapfile.
Here is my favorite 95 setup/tuneup. Give this a try. Everything is undo-able.
This covers Fixing "Windows95 seizing", "Lots of HD Activity"
and Optimizing "General Windows Performance" because of
random, pointless disk activity. This is due to the way that
Windows95 is set to handle disk caching and virtual memory.
Although Windows95 instructs you to "let Windows handle disk
cache settings" for best results, this obviously does not yield the
best results. Here's how to eliminate the random disk activity and
improve system performance:

Part One: Virtual Memory
1. Right click on My Computer, and select Properties.
2. Click the Performance tab, and then click Virtual Memory
3. Choose Let me specify my own virtual memory settings.
4. If you want to choose a different drive for your swapfile, run
Disk Defragmenter first.
5. Specify the same value for the Minimum size and the Maximum
size, so Windows95 won't spend so much time re sizing 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).
6. Press OK, and then OK again, and confirm that you want to
restart your computer.
Note: if you have Norton Utilities, you'll be able to optimize the
swapfile. If you want to take the time, you can optimize it manually
by exiting windows, deleting the swapfile, defragmenting the drive,
and restarting. Once you've set the swapfile size to be constant,
you won't have to worry about a defragmented (broken up)
swapfile again.
"The advantage of this process is that Win95 doesn't waste CPU
cycles downsizing the swap file to its auto-set-minimum. Downsize
waste doesn't happen unless enough applications are loaded and
then closed which exceed that minimum. This will be a
low-probability situation if you set the minimum swap file

Part Two: Virtual Cache
1. Open SYSTEM.INI for editing.
2. Add the following two lines to the [vcache] section (add the
section if it's not there):

For 16mg
MinFileCache=4096 [Experiment with this setting]
For 32mg
MinFileCache=8192 [Experiment with this setting]

3. These values, in kilobytes, regulate the size of the VChache, so
you can stop it from filling up all available RAM and paging all
loaded apps to disk.

Here are several little modifications you can make to improve
Windows95 performance:

Speed up system restart:
1. Add BootDelay=0 to the [Options] section of C:\MSDOS.SYS
Speed up the Start Menu:
2. In the Registry Editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
Control Panel\ desktop, and add a string value named
MenuShowDelay, with a value specifying the number of
milliseconds (400 is default, smaller numbers are faster).
           Set Your Computers Typical Role!
By making a few little tweaks to Windows 95's Control Panel
settings, you can realize some big performance gains.
Start by double-clicking on the Control Panel's System icon, then
clicking on the Performance tab. Next, click on the File System
button. You'll see two settings in the resulting Hard Disk dialog
The setting labeled Typical Role of This Machine determines how
much space is set aside in main memory to handle path and
filename caching. The default Desktop Computer choice allocates
space for a paltry 32 paths and 677 filenames, whereas the
Network Server choice bumps those settings up to 64 paths and
2,729 filenames.
Even if your computer is used strictly for desktop applications,
change the Typical Role box to Network Server. Unfortunately, if
you're using the original release of Windows 95--not the recently
updated version titled OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2)--you'll
have to take an additional step to correct a bug in the Windows 95
Registry. Use the Windows 95 Registry Editor (see "Rule the
Windows Registry" for an introduction to the Registry Editor) and
change the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\
"NameCache"=hex:a9,0a,00,00 "PathCache"=hex:40,00,00,00
And Make that same change at:
"NameCache"=hex:a9,0a,00,00 "PathCache"=hex:40,00,00,00
The Read-Ahead Optimization slider establishes how much
additional data Windows 95 should fetch every time you retrieve
data from your hard disk. Read-ahead buffering improves
performance by reducing the number of times your machine has to
go out to the relatively slow hard disk to get data. Set the slider all
the way to the right, giving Windows 64K of read-ahead buffering.

Next, click on the CD-ROM tab in the File System
Properties box. The Supplemental Cache Size slider adjusts the
room Windows 95 sets aside for read-ahead buffering of your
CD. The first three steps on the slider add 64K or 128K each to
the cache; the final three steps add 256K apiece. The box labeled
Optimize Access Pattern For doesn't control access speed to your
CD; the setting's real function is to reserve even more buffer space
for caching CD reads. The Single-Speed Drives and No
Read-Ahead settings don't increase the buffer size. But the
double-, triple-, and quad-speed settings add 50K, 100K, and
150K of cache, respectively.
If you use your CD drive frequently, move the Supplemental
Cache Size slider to Large, and specify that you have a Quad
Speed or Higher CD, even if you don't. The combination will set
aside about 1.2MB for CD caching, and ensure that your CD will
run as fast as possible.

More free memory in DOS windows:
1. Add LocalLoadHigh=1 to the [386Enh] section of
Warning: this may cause unpredictable results if you are not using
the EMM386 memory manager.
Remove DoubleSpace/DriveSpace from memory:
2. Whether or not you're using the DoubleSpace/DriveSpace disk
compression utility, these drivers are taking up valuable memory
and slowing system startup.
3. Simply delete DRVSPACE.BIN and DBLSPACE.BIN from
C:\ and your Windows\Command directory. Note: do not do this if
you are currently using DriveSpace or DoubleSpace to compress
your hard disk!!
Load DosKey in a DOS box automatically:
4. Right-click on DOSPRMPT.PIF (in your Windows directory),
and select Properties.
5. Click on the Program tab, and enter "DOSKEY" in the field
labeled Batch File.
6. Note: for more information, see Contents of the Windows95
Note: some of these settings can also be changed with TweakUI,
one of Microsoft's PowerToys. Warning: several users have
reported problems with this utility - use with caution.

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smeebud:  I certainly got my mileage from that one!!  You were right - I let Billy Gates and the boys set everything for me.  Easier and did not know that much about Win95 yet.  I miss the good old days of CP/M, the S-100 bus, and DOS.  I understood these, but that is like wishing for a Model-T when you have a Maserati in the driveway.......    Your favorite set-up sure looks good to me but I'm a little skittish about fooling around with the Registry.  I would like to save backups of any and all files that would be affected by the changes just in case I get lost in the woods.  Could you advise me of any affected files before I trot off on this great adventure to see if this machine will perform any better??  Also, you mentioned "Rule the Registry" .  Is that a reference to a book or a topic here?  I did not find reference to the document anywhere.

PS - your help has been much appreciated  -  wish I could return the favor but it seems you are too far down the road for me to catch up.  Ciao

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Expert Comment

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Well, you could make all the changes[which are all reversible]
and leave the typical role alone. This will still tune your system up very well.
WRPV3.ZIP is the Best and easiest Backup/Restore I've Seen. Go To: and scroll to WRP
Plus: Ultraedit My favorite text editor by a mile (I've tried 'em all)
This utillity is a batch file based method so you don't acually load anything into the registry to install it. That's a good thing.
Check out these registries sites. You'll learn a lot.
Small tutorial about the Six Keys in the Registry:

To Access the Registry, click start\run and type REGEDIT.
This key displays information about OLE and associated mappings to support drag-and-drop
This points to a branch of Hkey_Users for the currently logged on user. Hkey_Local_Machine
This contains computer specific information including installed hardware and software. This is the one
I tend to spend the most time in.
This contains information about users that have logged on to the computer.
This key points to a branch of Hkey_Local_Machine \ Config and has information such as display
fonts and printers.
This key points to a branch of Hkey_Local_Machine that has information about Plug and Play
You can start clicking on the + sign next to HKey_Local_Machine and get used to moving around
the registry.
An Explanation of the "Registry Export" process
In Win95's REGEDIT.EXE if you select the root of the tree in the left pane, My Computer, and go
up to the Export menu item, just HKEY_USERS and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE get dumped
out. This is because HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT are really
sub-keys of the other two, and RegEdit doesn't want to duplicate things in the .REG file.
HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG is the same way, and HKEY_DYN_DATA is dynamic from one
boot of Win95 to another, so you shouldn't save it away (it gets recreated each boot). So, all of the
registry's data does get saved if you export just once starting at the root of the tree.
You can manually copy the SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT files by moving to the Windows
directory and typing XCOPY *.DAT A: /H You can replace A: with whatever drive and directory
you want to backup the files. Both should fit on a 1.44 Meg floppy disk.
*** To clean the list in the Start\run menu.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/Runmru
*** Programs that stays running after win95 starts. When you hit ctrl+alt+del, Explorer should only
be running, Systray may also appear if you have items added to the Systray other than the Time.
Antivirus, Logitech mouse, MS Intelli mouse, System agent are some of the programs that could use
resources and be running when starting Win95. For optimal performance have the minimum running.
HKey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
Check these too, be very careful.
*** Be very careful here too, to remove a VxD:( programs that runs in memory but will not show if
you hit ctrl+alt+del. This also, if you delete a program rather than uninstall it and you get the error
message, here where you can find the conflicting VxD)
These are the default contents of VXD don't touch them, but there should be more VxD that you
shouldn't touch either:
*** Uninstall Programs in the Add Remove program list
*** Software that are uninstalled already, can be safely deleted
*** To speedup or slowdown the Startmenu click the+ HKEY-CURRENT-USER\control
panel\desktop\menu show delay and click edit values up to two seconds=2000, best is 500, type the
*** Stop windows animation,
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\Right Mouse Click an empty
space in the right panel.Select new/string value.
.Name the new value MinAnimate.
.Doubleclick on the new string value (MinAnimate) and click on "Modify"
.Enter a value of 0 for Off or 1 for On
*** In HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.scr, set it equal to "scrfile"
Autocad extension problem .scr and the win95 screensaver extension .scr.
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