Here's just my thoughts on this.
1. Motherboard chipset drivers.
Why? The IDE transfer rate can be 10 times slower without.
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,
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.