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Yes, I still use 98. And yes, I did search the forum

by drpruner / June 7, 2007 7:52 AM PDT

for my problem. Hope someone can help.

I downloaded Speedupmypc from PC World's site, and got this message when I tried to start the .exe:
"this program cannot be installed on a server edition of windows"

Hey, I'm just a poor, non-power user! How did I get a server version of anything?!

I found some stuff here from the esteemed Proffitt with links to Microsoft KB, but nothing there.

The program is a free trial download, so nothing lost if I can't run it, but it promises to speed things up, which I can always use.


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Let's look at what makes 98se slow?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 8:19 AM PDT

Here's just my thoughts on this.

1. Motherboard chipset drivers.

Why? The IDE transfer rate can be 10 times slower without.

2. Firewalls.

Why? Windows 98se with just one patch has never been broken into. Read my words carefully here. I wrote "broken into."


Why? More = slower.

4. Temp files.

Why? When there are more files in a directory, 98se heads south. I suggest CCLEANER and let it be aggressive.

5. Unused devices.

Why? For example that unused ethernet port has 98se checking in every 10 minutes (long pause...) to get an IP assigned. Modems (evil WinModems) use CPU cycles. Remove "extra" hardware and disable what you don't use in the BIOS such as that parallel or such ports.

Hope this keeps you busy,


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Excellent suggestions.
by drpruner / June 7, 2007 1:17 PM PDT

Especially the ones I thought of myself. Happy
I have a PII at 350 MHz on dialup, so I'm doing well enough without a much bigger outlay. It has an Asus board with upgrade Intel chipset on the one hand, and 100MHz memory chip speed on the other. (512 GB.) I'm scrounging the used PC stores for faster memory.

I thought fonts slowed the system only at startup, which is not a complaint at present.

I'll go back for an unused device massacre soon. Thanks. (I'm using the parallel port for my Zip drive, but I can enable that on the few occasions when I need it.)

No firewall. I'm the daring type. (And virtually every site I visit is Trusted Zone.) In fact, I often turn off Norton AV Autoprotect for more Internet speed.

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"parallel port for my Zip drive"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 9:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Excellent suggestions.

Ohh, big speed tip. Find the IDE version of this. I got mine for 10 bucks (new!)

The parallel port version can put a machine into slow-mo.


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Thanks for the tip. And, while I have your attention,
by drpruner / June 8, 2007 2:27 PM PDT
Happy what I was looking for in the first place was something to speed up my surfing by blocking the banner ads and such on virtually every web page. (Including C|NET Forums!) Besides AdAware, what can you recommend (in the same price range!)?
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What banners?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2007 9:23 PM PDT
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Hooeee!! Tracked that thread for sure!
by drpruner / June 13, 2007 8:23 AM PDT
In reply to: What banners?

In the meantime I got AdMuncher, which works very well so far.

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by Bob__B / June 7, 2007 9:23 AM PDT

The product does not seem to support w98 which may be the reason for your error.

I use w98.
Give it enough ram.
Run it within it's limits.
Keep it tidy.
Works fine.

What are you trying to fix?

BTW. I looked through the features of this prog....thought it was very nice....but then I said why?....there's nothing you can't do in a manual fashion....and maybe better than the prog can do it.

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I didn't investigate the program because
by drpruner / June 7, 2007 1:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Thoughts.

I trust PC World, and it's hard to get ripped off by a free program. Happy I am guessing that my Norton SystemWorks does most or all of what I might need, but, again, the price was right.
I believe you're right about the 98 compatibility, but I'm still puzzled by the actual error message. Oh, well.

As I told Proffitt, I'm always on the lookout for more and faster memory, but 512KB is the most I've ever had in a system and it seems to do well. My FreeRAM indicator hardly ever goes below 150KB.

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(NT) Many thanks to you both.
by drpruner / June 7, 2007 1:27 PM PDT
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Re: Speeding up surfing
by joebjo / June 18, 2007 10:24 PM PDT

I have on occasion used a program called which gives you the option of compressing the data you download to certain percentages and so speed up your surfing........I think it does this by reducing the graphics of the webpages. It thus also reduces the amount you download which can come in handy if you have small download limits. You can find it on the link below.

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Thanks very much.
by drpruner / June 19, 2007 6:02 AM PDT

Looks like a public version of the "Accelerated" features offered by dialup ISPs. I have, and theirs works very well. I also use Opera, and I believe I don't get acceleration when I shift off Peoplepc's browser, so toonel might help.

My understanding is the same- those byte-heavy graphics are reduced in resolution, but still readable, so you can reload full-res if you need to.

Back atcha, BTW. I found a program called Ad Muncher ($35 after free trial) that can block graphics entirely on most pages of most sites. (https: pages are encrypted, so the program doesn't work there.) An older version was at; a newer one is on the home site. The Australian company also has a useful home site with tweaks. Other options: I just went to and discovered that Ad Muncher keeps it from loading some pages. That's a trustworthy site, and most of the graphics are small and useful for finding products, so I set Ad Muncher to 'allow everything from this site'.

Bad news. I just checked, and now has only v.4.7. That's an improved version certainly, but it may have the ordinary bugs of a new version, and it's nice to have a choice.
[This is v.4.7, which may have problems running with Opera; maybe it's just me.]

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