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98 Upgrade made it slow

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The problem is that it's slower now.
Compaq deskpro466 new cpu-AMD133mhz., 40mb ram, 33.6modm.
before the Upgrade, it already had IE 4.01 (and was slow enough) now IE is really slow.
It asked somthing like,"convert drive from FAT16 to FAT32?"
so I did.
HD is Quantem 2.5gig, when the guy installed it, he said it HAD to be split into drive C (1.96gig) & drive D (440mg).
Now that C is FAT32, it says D is too small to convert.
Looking at D properties it just says "FAT",
(is this why it's slow?) there is a new tab there
"compression" D could be double size, or create a new drive F,
Should I compress??? will D still work if it's compressed?
Can I get rid of D, and make it all go to C?

Also, right clicking on start button, "explore" & "Open" are not an option now, just "explore from here"
due to win95 TweakUI???   Where's the Tweak for 98?
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Ok, Win98 is more resources haunted than Win95, and it's normal to see performace downgrade if the processor is not fast enough.  If buget allow, you should upgrade your processor and ram.

Win98 convented your C drive to FAT32, and your D drive show FAT means it's still FAT16, and yes it's normal.  By compressing your D, your performance would take another hit, you'll gain some more space, but it's up to you to judge if it's worth it.

If you want to get rid of your D drive and combine it with your C, you will need 3rd party software like Partition Magic or Partition-It, Win98 alone doesn't provide this function.

Start button issue, yes it's TweakUI again, go in to TweakUI and under 'my computer' make sure all drives are checked, even if you don't have the drive, this will bring back the 'explore' and 'open' function.

TweakUI is located in your Win98 CD under 'CDRom drive letter':\tools\reskit\powertoy
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is it possible to put a faster cpu on this 486?

can I un-convert C and gain performance?

Do I need to un install tweak 95 before I install 98?

I see alot of other stuff in the "reskit",
anything else in there usefull?
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is it possible to put a faster cpu on this 486?

can I un-convert C and gain performance?

Do I need to un install tweak 95 before I install 98?

I see alot of other stuff in the "reskit",
anything else in there usefull?
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What speed cpu and,
How much more ram would you suggest?

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It really depends on your budget.  It you're currently using AMD133, there's really not much room to upgrade because of motherboard restriction.  For Win98 to operate at acceptable/good speed, I think Pentium 200MMX or K6 200 and above would be good, as for ram 64Mb is a good size.  But then, you would have to change your motherboard as well, since your board would not support these CPUs.

Hard drive issue:  No, you can't un-convert once it's in FAT32 unless you use Partition Magic kind of softwares.  Any FAT32 actually is a good way to go if you've a drive larger than 2.1Gb, you can have the drive in one piece.  The performance difference between FAT16 and FAT32 is hardly noticable.  What would really slow down your HDD is compression, (in layman term, it's like the file is zipped to save space, therefore, each time you request the file, window will have to first unzip before give you the file content.)

If you have any older verison of TweakUI then go ahead an uninstall it before you install the TweakUI that comes with the CD, it's the latest version.

I don't think there's anything else that would be helpful for end user under 'reskit' besides TweakUI, here's the list of files:

\TOOLS\RESKIT            Root directory containing Resource Kit Setup files.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\BATCH      Batch 98, which creates files for automated Windows 98                         installations.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\CONFIG      Contains tools for configuring Windows 98.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\DEPLOY      Contains deployment tools.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\DESKTOP      Contains desktop configuring and optimizing tools.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\DIAGNOSE      Contains diagnostic and troubleshooting tools.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\FILE            Contains tools for file management and information.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\HELP            Contains online help documentation and the online Resource Kit                   book.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\INFINST      Contains INFINST.EXE, .Inf installing tool.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\NETADMIN      Contains Network Administration tools.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\POWERTOY      Contains TWEAKUI, a desktop optimization utility.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\SCRPTING      Contains tools for use in batch files and Scripts.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\SETUP      Contains Windows 98 Resource Kit setup files.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\SYSFILES      Contains controls and .DLLs used by many of the Resource Kit                   utilities.
\TOOLS\RESKIT\TMC            Contains system files for the Resource Kit Tools Management                   Console.


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Thanks for all the info!
the software like Partition Magic or Partition-It,
are they on the internet some where?
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Both are commerical softwares, you can get in from lots of computer stores.  Or do a sreach for 'partition magic crack'.....
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