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Tweaking your system startup/booting

msdos.sys & system.ini (continued)

[Options]. 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:

BootSafe=x. A setting of 1 for x will force Windows 9x/Me to boot into Safe mode every time you boot up. Leave this set to 0 at all times.

BootGUI=x. A setting of 1 enables the loading of the GUI interface (Windows 9x/Me). A setting of 0 disables the loading of the GUI interface (Instead loads a DOS command prompt). Leave this set to 1.

BootKeys=x. A setting of 1 enables the use of keyboard keys boot options (F4 - F8, SHIFT & CTRL). A setting of 0 disables the use of these keys during the boot process. NOTE - Setting BootKeys=0 effectively disables the BootMenuDelay=x setting.

BootMenuDefault=x. Use this setting to set the default menu item for startup. Set x to 1 if the system is running normally, or 3 if the system locked-up previously.

BootMenu=x. A setting of 0 disables the Startup menu. You should set this to 1 if you want to be able to choose to load in Safe mode, DOS prompt or boot Windows normally. This is useful if you need to troubleshoot. If set to 0, then you have to press the F8 key when the Starting Windows 95 messages appears in Windows 95 or Press & hold the CTRL key in Windows 98 in order to load the Startup menu.

BootMenuDelay=x. x sets the amount of time, in seconds, the Startup Menu is displayed before loading the Default option. NOTE - This option is ignored if BootMenu=0.

BootMenuDefault=x. x selects the Default choice for the Startup Menu, when set to 1 the Normal option is the Default. Depending on the Options available in your Startup Menu x can be a value from 1 - 8.

BootMulti=x. A setting of 0 disables the Multi-boot option. A setting of 1 enables the F4 key to be used to boot your previous Operating System. Obviously, this may only useful if you have more than 1 Operating System installed.

BootWarn=x. A setting of 0 for x disables the display of the safe mode boot warning message & the Startup menu. A value of 1 will display the warning.

BootWin=x. A setting of 1 enables Windows 9x/Me to load at Boot up. A setting of 0 disables Windows 9x/Me as your default Operating System (This is only really useful if you prefer MS-DOS, still).

DoubleBuffer=x. A setting of 1 for x enables double buffering for controllers that need it, e.g. SCSI controllers. A setting of 2 for x enables double buffering regardless of whether it is needed or not. A setting of 0 disables double buffering regardless of whether it is needed or not. I’d recommend setting this to 0, unless you use SCSI hardware, in which case set this to 1/2.

DBLSpace=x. If you wish to use DoubleSpace compression (DBLSPACE.BIN) then set x to 1, otherwise leave it set to 0. Remember, using drive compression will lower system performance.

DRVSpace=x. If you wish to use DriveSpace compression (DRVSPACE.BIN) then set x to 1, otherwise leave it set to 0. Remember, using drive compression will lower system performance.

NOTE - If you do not intend to use either Double/Drive Space disk compression then you can delete the DRVSPACE.BIN & DBLSPACE.BIN files as they will not be needed.

LoadTop=x. A setting of 0 for x disables Windows from loading COMMAND.COM & DRVSPACE.BIN/DBLSPACE.BIN at the top 640K of memory (Conventional memory), a setting of 1 enables this. I’d recommend leaving this set to 0.

Logo=x. A setting of 0 disables the Windows logo from being displayed, while 1 enables it to be displayed. For optimal boot time set this to 0.

Network=x. A setting of 1 for x Adds Safe mode with Network Support as an option to the Windows 9x/Me Startup Menu. A setting of 0 disables this.

WinVer=x. x displays the version number of the Operating System installed, e.g. If Windows Me is installed this should be 4.90.3000. You shouldn’t need/want to change this at all.

Save the changes you have made & close your text editor. Using the file properties window Tick the Read-only attribute again & then select Apply & hit Ok.

Now click on Start, Run, type in system.ini & hit Enter. You can Add/Edit these lines into the [386Enh] section. There is only really 1 option here which can effect System Startup.

EMMExclude=A000-FFFF. This setting will disable Windows from scanning UMA (Upper Memory Area) for unused RAM at startup. This is recommended for compatibility purposes also. Save the changes & exit.

 



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