Both Windows 95 and 98 include a common File
System Properties page, which gives you an easy first step to
optimizing your Win9x installations. To access the page,
right-click My Computer and select Properties. Click the
Performance tab, and select File System, which will open the File
System Properties window.
On the Hard Disk tab, the Typical Role Of This
Computer drop-down list allows you to select one of three typical
roles. Each of the settings changes the way the Virtual File
Allocation Table (VFAT)—the 32-bit disk access
mechanism—allocates resources to cache disk requests.
Here are the three role options.
Desktop Computer: This is the default
setting. It uses 10 KB of memory to configure the VFAT with enough
memory to record the last 32 folders and the last 677 files that
Mobile Or Docking Station: This uses
less memory to record fewer of the last accessed folders and files,
which is better for systems with very little memory—whether or not
they're laptops. It's also beneficial for computers that don't
access many files but spend more time processing a small number of
Network Server: This uses much more
memory than the Desktop Computer setting (40 KB) to remember a far
greater number of folders and files. It's best for computers that
hold a number of shared folders accessed by other computers or for
computers that access many files for light processing.