How to Speed Up Windows 98 SE Easily Though computer programs and operating systems upgrade and update by the clock, there are certain computers that can only handle low-memory and low-space usage operating systems such as Windows 98. If you are a person who requires little computer usage or low-memory using programs, then this operating system can work for you. But as with any other computer operating system, time and use can actually cause it to slow down. For those having this exact problem, you don't really have to lose temper on that poor machine. There are various ways to optimize its performance without upgrading prematurely to a higher operating system that your current computer specifications may not be able to handle. Here are some tips: Assess you RAM, and if possible, purchase a better one. RAM or Random Access Memory is the one that the computer uses when it is running certain programs, and even your operating system uses a good amount of it. So definitely, we need to have a bigger RAM, of about an ideal 512mb of the current standards, to allow your programs and applications to run smoothly without lagging. This little hardware is available in every computer store and is now affordable for everyone. Just have your current computer specs ready so the seller may know which RAM is suitable for your computer. Minimize programs that you are not using. This lessens RAM usage. Run Windows updates and Antivirus/Security updates as it is possible. Doing this will make sure that the updated programs will be able to work effectively with your computer and enable it to run smoothly. Also, update Antivirus/Security applications will keep off viruses and spyware infiltrations in your system, which are common causes of system lock up or slow computer performance. Adjust resolution to a lower one, select a plain Wallpaper and don't use too much animations. All of these things can contribute to a better PC performance. Lessen Automatic Start-Up Applications. If you don't need a certain application to start-up automatically after boot, just customize it at the settings or options of a certain programs. This minimizes waiting minutes for a computer to start-up everytime. Better yet, always deselect options for automatic start-up on all programs and just run them when you need them. You will definitely see a remarkable difference in your start- up time. Scan Disk and Defragment. Scan disk sees through all your computer files to see file errors. Defragmentation sorts out your files closer into each other, causing it to give much more space, and this can actually give you better system performance. To do this, you must first scan disk by clicking on My Computer, and right clicking on your hard disk drive, selecting Properties and then, Tools. Choices of your preferred operation will be displayed in a dialog. After you scan your disk, do the same things again, look for Tools, and select Defragment. It is important to let your computer be when doing this, and do not open any other applications. You may do this regularly for maintenance. Recycle Bin. We may always overlook the Recycle Bin, but actually emptying it daily can optimize computer performance. Doing all of these things, one can actually feel better when using Windows 98. We must always remember not to overcrowd our computer with things that we don't actually use. This way, the computer can breathe better and give us its best performance. Kris Mainieri is an accomplished Computer Tech focusing on innovative and unique ways to help people take their computing performance to a whole new level free. For a limited time, you can claim the "Secrets That Most People Will Never Know About Computers" e-book absolutely free Windows XP Tweaks CLICK HERE!