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Will Windows 98 run better than 95?

Q. Windows 95 crashed and I had to reinstall it. Does Windows 98 have problems like 95 or will it really run better on my computer?


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 1998

Q. Windows 95 crashed and I had to reinstall it. Does Windows 98 have problems like 95 or will it really run better on my computer?

A. Windows 98 is a more stable and robust operating system with additional tools and wizards that will help you prevent and/or recover from many problems that plague Windows 95. Okay, that is the marketing spiel -- most of which is true. However, Windows 98 will require more hard disk and memory. It recommends 24 megabytes, but don't even think about it unless you have 48 megs or more. It does more, which means it needs to work harder, so I also would recommend a minimum Pentium 100MHz central processing unit. It also seems that people who have installed it to a clean (formatted) disk, as opposed to upgrading on top of Windows 95, had fewer problems. If your PC can meet this criteria, then I would recommend the upgrade.

Q. I installed Windows 98. When I went to Drivespace to see how much room was left on my hard drive, it said my disk was a 2.0 gigabytes and was almost completely free. My hard drive is a 4.3 gig. Was this change caused by Windows 98? Can it be changed back to the original format?

A. To get Windows to recognize a partition greater than 2.1 GB you would have had to do an FDISK from a FAT32 system (either Windows 95 OSR2 or Windows 98). Perhaps you used a third party disk utility to do the original partitioning and it is not being recognized by Windows 98. If this is the case, follow up with that vendor about your options. Otherwise, you may want to check out PartitionMagic from PowerQuest (PowerQuest.com) for its utility that will "'stretch" your 2.0 GB partition to its maximum.

Q. I had to reinstall Windows 98. I now have the Network Neighborhood icon on my desktop that I don't want.

A. You will need to edit the Registry. Run RegEdit (Start/Run) and navigate to: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]. Right-click the right side pane and select "New, DWord Value." Enter "NoNetHood" as the name, then double-click the name to enter a value of 1. Reboot and the icon will be gone. Make sure you take the appropriate precautions before editing the Registry (back it up).

Q. When I download a file from the Internet (such as Netscape Navigator) and try to install the program, I get the following:

InstallShield Self-extracting EXE

This will install _____. Do you wish to continue?


I have 12 gigabytes of free disk space. I can't figure out where this TEMP directory is located to tweak it so that I have more disk space

A. This is a known problem with InstallShield versions prior to version 2.2. To work around this problem you will need to delete any InstallFromTheWeb-generated files in the TEMP folder and then try installing it again. InstallFromTheWeb generated files are placed in a folder called Setup and in another folder with a long file name consisting of numbers and letters. InstallShield considers the temporary folder where files are placed for decompression to be set to the TEMP variable on your system. To eliminate the "cannot decompress'" error message, you will need to delete files that were originally put in the TEMP folder by a previous InstallShield installation. Normally any files left in the TEMP folder can be deleted. The safest way to do this is to boot to a DOS prompt and delete these files before going into Windows. You may find the TEMP variable on your system by opening an MS-DOS prompt and typing "set" (without quotes). After pressing ENTER, the TEMP variable is listed.

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