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    DOS Makes For Slow Windows

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    by borginva ·

    For W2k and WXP, when using a DOS window or program, the OSes run very slow. How slow, takes almost a minute to crate and name a new folde rin Explorer.
    Ever 2k and XP machine I encounter does this, from machines with 400Mgz to 2G, 128M RAM to 333.
    Any ideas or settings that can help this? Thank you.

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    • #2686700

      Reply To: DOS Makes For Slow Windows

      by budthegrey ·

      In reply to DOS Makes For Slow Windows

      Are you saying that opening a console window (DOS prompt) in Win2k or WinXP causes the rest of the system to slow down? This is contrary to my experience. If it’s true, I’d look for some goofy memory settings in the window properties, or something odd in the CONFIG.NT or AUTOEXEC.NT files.

      If you open a console window, then start a DOS program in that window, and other program are adversely affected, that’s a differently hued equine. In that case, the fault usually lies with the DOS program, though checking the CONFIG.NT and AUTOEXEC.NT is again advised. My experience is that most DOS programs run pretty well in Win2K or WinXP. Games would be the exception to this, since most require direct access to the hardware, which modern OS’s do not allow.

    • #2684895

      Reply To: DOS Makes For Slow Windows

      by borginva ·

      In reply to DOS Makes For Slow Windows

      Bud, in config.nt, I have this after all the REM statements:

      dos=high, umb
      device=%SystemRoot%\system32\himem.sys
      files=40
      device=c:\windows\system32\ansi.sys

      And yes, on any computer I open a DOS window or program, the machines run slow. Programs, docs, the OS. Everything. Not much improvment on speed when the program is closed, until a reboot that is.

    • #3370309

      Reply To: DOS Makes For Slow Windows

      by borginva ·

      In reply to DOS Makes For Slow Windows

      Found a working solution, not 100% effective but good enough. Accessed the DOS shortcut’s properties and under MISC, make the idle process to HIGH.

    • #3370308

      Reply To: DOS Makes For Slow Windows

      by borginva ·

      In reply to DOS Makes For Slow Windows

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