Fat32 is Microsoft's upgrade of their File Allocation
Table. The last upgrade of Windows 95 (4.00.1212)
was the first to support Fat32. The utility to perform the conversion
from FAT16 to FAT32 is located at Start >>
Programs >> Accessories >> Systems Tools
>> Disk Converter (Fat32). You can only go from
FAT16 to FAT32 with this utility. If you need to convert a
FAT32 partition to a FAT16 partition then you need to get
a program like Partition Magic from PowerQuest.
I think this person was looking for the Microsoft
Security Bulletin MS00-018. the '00' is the year, 2000,
and 018 is the number of the bulletin. If it is not at
this site then go to the Microsoft
Security Site and locate the bulletin you need.
Microsoft has improved this site and it is now much easier
to find security bulletins.
Com Ports are part of the computer's mother board.
Generally you have two com[munication] or serial ports. If
you need to change any of the properties of the ports you
can go to My computer >> Control Panel >>
System. Select the Device Manager tab. Com or
Serial ports are part of Ports. Get a good book on
Windows before going any further.
interrupts and communication ports
Hardware interrupts requests (IRQ) are used by the
system to let it know that some piece of hardware needs to
be serviced by the Operating System. For instance there
may be data waiting to be accepted by the system at one of
the Serial ports. There are only 15 interrupts. You can
view what hardware is using what Interrupt number by going
to My Computer >> Control Panel >> System
and select Computer and click on the Properties
button. Now you can view: Interrupts request (IRQs),
Input/Output Address, Direct Memory Access (DMA), and
Memory. Get a good book on Windows before going any
The IRQs used by the Serial Communication ports are 3
and 4. Serial ports 1 and 3 use IRQ 4 and Serial Ports 2
and 4 use IRQ 3.
enlarge temp folder
You can't enlarge the temp folder or any other folder.
For my opinion on setting up your temp folder and the Swap
file see the Windows
ME installion page at this site.
Windows Assistance does not have any information on any
applications. We only support Windows 98/ME. Isn't that
disable start menu
No can do. Meaning you can't disable the Start Menu.
You may be referring to the Startup folder that has
programs that you want to start whenever you start
Windows. To disable the programs in the Startup folder
hold down the shift key as Windows starts up.
I hate Clippy. We also don't support applications.
Clippy is suppose to be some kind of Help for Microsoft
applications. See Microsoft web site.
quick launch enable
To enable a Toolbar right-click on the Taskbar.
Select Toolbars and then select whatever toolbar
you wish to use. Quick Launch is one of the
Toolbars. There should be a check mark next to the Toolbar
you selected. There are several tips at this site that
discuss the Toolbar.
This happens when you do not have enough System Memory
for the number of tasks you are running. Generally if you
have only 32MBytes of memory then any programs you run
will always be continually swapping data in and out of the
Swap File causing Disk Thrashing. This means you
are working the disk drive very hard and will probably
shorten the life of the drive. To reduce this get more
memory. 64MBytes is the absolute minimum memory for
Windows 95/98/Me. If you can increase this to 128MByes you
will be very happy. Increasing memory is the number one
best way to increase performance of your system. Today
memory is cheap.
Ram Disk is a DOS utility. Ram Disk is a Partition
created from System Memory. Windows 98 started using a Ram
Disk with the Emergency Startup Disk. When you boot a
Windows 98 Emergency Startup Disk it will create a Ram
Disk from the System Memory and load several of the DOS
utilities to the Ram Disk. Remember when you use a Ram
Disk your CD-ROM address will change. Generally if your
CD-ROM was the 'D' drive under Windows it will now be the
'E' drive after booting the Emergency Startup Disk.
Animate Windows is one of your options under Display
Properties. Right-click your mouse on the Desktop and
select Properties. Select the Effects tab
and check or uncheck Animate windows, menus and lists.
reformatting hard drive
The last thing you ever want to do. It rarely solves
any problems just hides them. If you just want to reload a
clean version of Windows then delete the Windows directory
and re-install Windows. Remember: Once you delete
the Windows directory you cannot boot to the Hard Drive.
You need to boot from Floppy or CD.
Many years ago I use to worry about Exception Handlers.
Not any more. There are hardware and software exception
handlers. That's about all I want to remember.
The program Windows Assistance uses to maintain this
site. Actually we use Windows FrontPage 2000.
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