This performance tip applies to ALL end-user/stand-alone Windows 98/95 systems. Right-click on My Computer, click Properties, select the Performance tab and then click the File System button.

Set your machine to "Network Server".

This allocates about 40 KB of RAM to cache the last 64 accessed directory paths and the last 2729 accessed files. The "Desktop" setting caches the last 32 folders accessed and the last 677 accessed files, and takes about 16 KB of memory.

The extra used RAM is worth the file system boost. BUT to make this work, you need to enable the correct Registry values ONLY if you own Windows 95 original retail, or Windows 95a OSR1, upgraded with SP1 (Service Pack 1). Microsoft acknowledges that these settings are written incorrectly into the Registry for the "Network Server" and "Mobile Docking" profiles on most Windows 95 (original retail release) and 95a OSR1 (upgraded) machines. You'll have to manually fix them by editing the Registry to get the expected performance boost BEFORE upgrading your machine to the "Network Server" cache setting!

NOTE: Windows 95 B/C OSR2 and later do NOT exhibit this BUG!

The settings you need to change are found in the Registry under:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\FS Templates\Server

and respectively:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\FS Templates\Mobile

Run Regedit and go to the Server key shown above. Click on "Server", and in the right hand pane you'll see two entries called "NameCache" and


These are their CORRECT hex values:



Don't type the comas in the value fields!

Some older Win95 (retail) systems might need to have DWORD values instead of hex, to apply the CORRECT "Network Server" settings under the same Server Registry key above:



UPDATE: Read the "Incorrect Settings for File System Performance profiles" Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

to learn how to fix the "Network Server" file system "BUG"!

Admin,Cyber Shaft.


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