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Downgrading for better performance?

By cyberghost_1 ·
Win98SE, 64Mb RAM, Celeron 700MHz, approx. 3 Yr. old PC.
My question has to do with IE6, Windows Media Player 9 and DirectX 9beta. To my understanding, with my current Hardware haveing the latest versions of these Programs is affecting my PC's performance. Is it possible to go back to using previous versions? i.e. IE5.5, DX 8, WMP 8? I occasionally have problems with WMP 9 and IE6. I have been told that the latest versions tend to gobble up a lot of memory and that I should regress to the previous versions. Any advice, comments and/or steps to accomplish this?!?!

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by OTL In reply to Downgrading for better pe ...

A - 3 Years ago you could not find a computer with WIN 98 ( and barely WIN ME), nough said how old is the PC, really? Or who/how reloaded the OS, from the OEM (Win ME/Win 200) ? And did they follow the correct steps in reloading ?

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

What are you talkiing about...

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by TheChas In reply to Downgrading for better pe ...


Sorry I have been too busy to get back to you.

Yes indeed, IE 6 DirectX 9, and Windows Media Player can slow down a PC.

The key for IE 6 and DirectX 9 is your video card and it's driver.
If the video card driver supports DirectX 9, you should have few problems with DirectX 9 or IE 6.

Still, I have seen better performance on W98 systems with the older versions of these programs installed.

As far as I know, you can still download DirectX 8 from Microsoft.

You can download IE 5.5 SP2 from the browser archive at

You can find DirectX removal utilities posted at

To remove IE, there is a program called IEradicator that will remove IE from Windows 9X systems.

May I suggest a couple of alternatives for your system:

Web Browser: Give Mozilla's FireFox a try.
It is smaller and more secure than IE.

Media Player: Try WinAmp

For DirectX, check the installation instructions for the driver for your video card closely.
Install the latest version supported by the driver.

I will respond to your email message in more detail as soon as I have the time to write the detailed response that you deserve.

P.S. I have all of the older versions of the above programs. If you have trouble finding them, I might be able to burn you a CD with the files on it.


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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

Thanks, check your EMail, I had a few problems that I detailed in brief.

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by bwells47 In reply to Downgrading for better pe ...

Why not add some more memory, and install winme?
It seems to be more compatable with the newer versions of directx, ie6, and win media player9. I have several computers, and run winme on the majority of them. My friends are amazed at how fast one of my computers runs with a 500mhz processor. Couldn't hurt to try. Bev
PS. I also have Norton's system works, and optimize everything I can with the tools that come with it. I fly through de-frag!

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by Juergen Hartl In reply to Downgrading for better pe ...

Spend a couple dollars and but some memory.
Then Install XP, disable themes, and other services not needed. 700Mhz with about 256 to 512 MB Ram should run the system just fine, IF you do NOT plan on playing any modern games.

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