EMM386.EXE and Windows 98
Posted on 1999-07-29
This is a multiple part question, and I'm giving all my points for a definite answer. I'm installing Windows 98 on some machines, and have always used EMM386.EXE (for extended memory) with prior versions of Windows and MSDOS. But now I'm hearing assorted views regarding its use with Windows 98, and would like to know the facts.
Does loading EMM386.EXE before the Windows 98 GUI either increase or decrease Windows' performance? Or does it make a difference?
I've seen references to DOS having a memory limitation of 64 MB, and EMM386.EXE taking priority over Windows 98's attempts to manage the memory. Is this true, and would that limit Windows to the use of only 64 MB?
I've also heard cases where Windows 98 "sees" only 64 MB of RAM, when there's actually more installed. I'm at two Windows 98 machines; one with 96 MB RAM, the other with 128 MB RAM. System Properties reports the correct memory totals on both. Does this mean Windows is "seeing" and will use the full amount of memory? How can I know for sure?
I'd like to know that EMM386.EXE is not decreasing Windows 98's performance or memory management abilities, or otherwise conflicting. Please be as informative as possible, and share any tests that could be used for verification. Perhaps this is asking a lot, and I'm sorry I don't have more points to give... But it's a significant issue here and would be highly useful information! Thanks in advance...