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Missing File (sysedit)

by dlski / April 30, 2004 2:27 AM PDT

I'm running Win ME and I've been trying to boost my performance by stopping unneeded programs from loading. I have 128 meg of RAM and only 196 kb available. I found a sight that had some suggestions and one was to type "sysedit" into the Run area and look at some files there. The only problem is that when I type it an error message comes up telling me that the file does not exsist. I'm guessing this is bad, any thoughts?

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Re:Missing File (sysedit)
by Kees Bakker / April 30, 2004 4:10 AM PDT
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Dlski,

Stopping unneeded programs from loading is a good idea. But sysedit isn't the tool for that. Use the startup-tab of msconfig. Be sure you know what you do: some programs are necessary!

128 Mb of RAM is enough for ME.

The 196 kb is mysterious. Could it be 196 Mb on the hard disk? If so, time to clean it! Here it is: be VERY sure what you do: a lot of files are necessary! Post again for suggestions, if you feel you might need them.

Windows ME doesn't have sysedit, so the advice to run it is not applicable. Which is a happy coincidence, because I really wouldn't advise you to edit autoexec.bat, config.sys, win.ini, system.ini, protocol.ini and msmail.ini (the files in sysedit in Windows 95). Things could only become worse!

Hope this helps.

Kees

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Re:Re:Missing File (sysedit)
by dlski / April 30, 2004 5:08 AM PDT

How can I figure out which programs are necessary on the startup tab of msconfig? Any other suggestions for cleaning up my system? I know the very basics (running Win tools such as Disk Clean) but that is about it. Thanks for your response and any future help!!

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Suggestions.
by Kees Bakker / April 30, 2004 5:55 AM PDT

I'd expected more questions, in fact.

For startup programs: good information for anything you can reasonably see is in http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm. Unchecking, of course, can easily be undone. Make a list of things you want to uncheck, and post it here for a second opinion.


The Windows disc cleanup wizard generally is good. And it certainly is good you use it!

Good to keep clean:
- recycle bin
- c:\windows\temp (everything from yesterday and earlier can be deleted) - ALL other subfolders of Windows shouldn't be touched
- temporary internet files
- cookies
- My Documents, My Music etc: files your really don't need any more

Moreover *.tmp, ~*.* (work files from MS Word etc) generally can be deleted (find with Explorer).

A good rule: always delete into the recycle bin, if in any doubt, so it's possible to get the files back

Uninstall programs you really don't use any more. Do NOT delete thing from Program Files in any other way, unless you know what you're doing.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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