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Some General Questions about Sys Performance

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Hi,

I have a 200 mhz NEC with 48MB Ram.  However, I'm not entirely happy with how it's running.  I've run the Nuts&bolts defragmenter but without too much of an improvement.  I have a few questions and would appreciate some suggestions on optimizing the performance of the machine.  For the record, I have a bad habit of downloading quite a bit of software and installing and deinstalling (using Cleansweep or Windows Add/Remove) them.

1)  When I press Ctrl+Alt+Del I see a whole lot of applications that I don't believe I need -- for instance, there's a "microsoft payment reminder" process, an "Intellipoint Wheel" process etc.  How do I find out what is essential and what is not?  Having done that, how do I decide what to keep and what not to keep.  

2)  Using Nuts and Bolts, I can figure out which application consumes how much RAM and System Resources -- often they go hand in hand; however, sometimes some applications consume a lot of RAM but very little by way of system resources.  What determines system speed?  That is, should I economize on the use of RAM hungry applications or System_Resources hungry applications?

3)  I was using Magnaram which seemed to increase the RAM by quite a bit. Also, it was improving the swap perfromance (or so it claimed). However, I didn't notice any significant changes. A computer consultant I know told me that it was not a good idea using Magnaram since Windows does a pretty good job. Any thoughts?

4)  Any other suggestions on improving system performance would be greatly appreciated.  Also, any sources of useful information that you'd like to suggest?

Thanks,

anony
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anony,
Try the Wintune tests at winmag.com.  This can be a help by indicating for you the results of changing system settings.
Many programs like those you mentioned cause trouble on your system and do little or nothing of what they claim.
You might want to download and run REGCLEAN, available here:

http://support.microsoft.com/download/support/mslfiles/RegClean.exe

Win95 can be optimized and monitored adequately by using its own utilities.
Let me know if you need more.
Regards,
Ralph

Upgrade to windows 98 ig got nice util to speed up your hard drive or get n&b 98
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