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98 computer's running slower

By kashmeir63 ·
I have a few windows 98 computers. That just seem to be getting slower and slower over time.
I do not install anything. I run a defrag and diskscan constantly, but it does not appear to help. Is there something else I s/be doing to bring back the speed I once had. Do I have to wipe the hard drive and reinstall the os? I don't think I s/have to.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank You

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by jschein In reply to 98 computer's running slo ...

My quick input...

95 lasted for about a year before it needed to be wiped out and reloaded

98 lasts between one year and 2 years, depending on how much software you have installed / re-installed / removed

NT works until device drivers fail and if you're lucky, you can fix it

ME - Doesn't work at all. Must disable stand by mode and powersave mode just so the machine doesn't keep locking up

2000 - highly stable, only time it errs is if it doesn't get the updates from microsoft.

XP - Kind of stable... nice rollback feature on drivers if it actually worked properly.

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by pierrejamme In reply to 98 computer's running slo ...

I totally agree with jschein.
Backup critial documents to the network.

Make a boot disk with attrib and deltree on it. Boot to the disk do an attrib C:*.* -r -s -h, then del C:\*.* and finally deltree windows and progra~1. Then run e:\setup, you will be amazed at the difference.

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by pierrejamme In reply to

This ois of course aswsuming that you users install and uninstall hundreds of programs, which grows the system.dat.
If you don't use the computer or ever install and uninstall then no you won't need to re-install. Check the size of your user.dat and system.dat

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by OTL In reply to 98 computer's running slo ...

Interesting answers, although I have found;

1. Win 95, running 4 years continously - can not defrag/scandisk as running double space. Computer has not been rebooted in this time frame.

2. Win 98, running off and on for 5+ years needs Defrag and scandisk every 3-4 months, empty temp folder/cache monthly. (Never reloaded) Also check directories for over 256 entries, this will dramatically slow down Win 98.

3. Win ME, running 2 years defrag and scandisk monthly.

4. Win 2000 Pro, locks up more than the above. Of course most systems are not happy when you have over 32 windows open.

5. Win XP, running 1 year did not like over 2000 entries in temp folder, slowed it down a bit along with the latest worm.

6. Most of the problems encountered were hardware failure on the above systems, software with some maintenance can be fairly stable.

Search for files names *.TMP, ~*.* (Word/Excel), and FFF*.* (one version of IE was creating a log file [FFF*.*]in the Windows directory, filling it up and trying to access beyond Windows allowable number of directory entries)

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by OTL In reply to

Almost forgot, delete the files you found.

Also available disk space, if under 10% you may need a larger or additional HD.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to 98 computer's running slo ...

No you dont need to reload. Try emptying the temporary files. Then scandisk and defrag, also recommend a memory management program.

If you have a 'default settings' installation the majority of your tempotary files will be in two folders:

c:\windows\temporary internet files

delete the contents of these files.
Also run a search for, and delete:

*.tmp and ~*.*

When the system slows it is worthwhile checking what programs a running at start up and taking out those that you don't really need.

With all my Windows installations I load a memory management program like MemTurbo ( to constantly check the memory and clear out any RAM that is not currently in use by an open application. Many programs do NOT clear out their memory locations and return the RAM to the system when closed, MS products are the worst offenders for this; over time they will cause memory to become unavailable and the system to slow until it is rebooted, this is called memory leakage.

Another thing worth checking is the size settings for the virtual memory, if that is set too high the system will slow down as it is writing to and from the virtual memory disk space too often.

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