on Start, Run type in msconfig & hit Enter. Now
select the General tab. This tab contains a few bootup minimizing
In the General tab you should select
Selective startup as
your Startup selection & Untick the Load environmental
variables setting. This will give both optimal boot time & system
performance. Now select
the Startup tab.
bootup time Untick all unnecessary
items listed here (With the exception of SystemTray).
A good listing of Programs that may appear
here can be found at this
page. This should help you decide on what else you can Untick if you
aren’t too sure about some of them. Once you have finished this select Apply
then hit Ok. You will need to Reboot your system for any changes
to take effect. Further into the guide I’ll cover how to delete Unticked
options from being displayed here altogether.
msdos.sys & system.ini
in Windows 9x & Millennium Edition, both of these files contain many
settings that can affect how Windows boots up. With some options effecting
loading time & others useful for avoiding potential compatibility problems.
you’ll need to ensure these files can be accessed easily. Click on Start,
Settings, Control Panel & open the Folder Options
applet. Select the View tab & select Show hidden files and folders
& Untick Hide protected operating system files. Hit Apply
then the Ok button.
open the root directory of where Windows is installed. This should be C:\
for basically everyone. Right click on msdos.sys & select Properties.
Untick the Read-only file attribute & click on Apply
(You can leave this file property box open as you’ll need to use it again
soon). Again, right click on msdos.sys & select Open with
then select a Text editor to open it – Notepad will do just fine
None of the lines in the [Paths] section should need to be modified. Basically
just ignore them.
In this section a whole load of settings can be added. NOTE – Do not delete
the ;xxx lines, as noted in the description. Commands which are being
added can be inserted beneath or above the ; lines & are as follows:
AutoScan=x. NOTE - This setting can
only be used in Windows 95 SR 2 or later (This shouldn’t be a problem for
anyone now, hopefully). x sets how Scandisk is used after a bad
shutdown, e.g. after a power failure. A setting of 0 for x sets
that Scandisk is not run. A value of 1 for x gives a user prompt
before running Scandisk. A value of 2 for x does not prompt the
user before running Scandisk but prompts you before fixing errors if any
errors are found. I’d recommend leaving this set to 1 or 2 to
check no errors occurred on your hard drive after a bad shutdown.
BootDelay=x. x specifies the
amount of time, in seconds, the Starting Windows message is displayed
before Windows 95 continues loading. For optimal boot time set this to 0.
NOTE - This setting is not supported in Windows 98/Me &
should be deleted if you have Windows 98/Me installed & had previously