You Asked Us PC June 1998
by Alan Zisman (c)
published in Computer Player, June 1998
Robert L. Kunz asked
What is Folder "Sysbckup" in W95? I see that it
duplicates a lot
of files that are in the W95\System folder. Is this something I need?
did it come from?
As the name and contents suggest, it is a collection
of backups of system
files... it is created as a safety precaution, during the W95 Setup.
contents are files that are often over-written with older versions
poorly-written application installations.
If you are desperate for the 4 megs of drive space,
delete it (or better
yet, ZIP the contents to floppy or other backup source)... but
keep it around-- for when you find that you now have an incompatible
of a file that's stored there.
Richard Crist wondered:
I am using Window 95 on a 486dx66 with 20 megs of
ram. The problem
I am have is running DOS games. They want to use 500K or more of
memory. I set up the properties to give it 640K and still won't run and
states that I have too many TRS's . When I was using Windows 3.11 and
6.22 I could run MemMaker or edit Config.sys and Autoexec.bat to load
the drivers high. With Windows 95 I am not sure how to free up some the
You can continue to run MEMMAKER... the old DOS
version will still work
advertised, and will give you more DOS ram (or use the version on your
Or, by hand, start off making sure you have the
following three lines
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS (unless you have games
expanded memory, in which case replace NOEMS with RAM)
That may give you the memory you need. If not, run
MEMMAKER, or by hand,
change any remaining DEVICE= statements in Config.sys with DEVICEHIGH=,
and add the word LOADHIGH (or LH) in front of any memory resident
loaded in Autoexec.bat.
Pat Tan said :
I am really annoyed by the DOCUMENTS menu Windows
95 Start Menu.
am figuring out a way on how to eliminate the
because I always click on the properties on the Taskbar and clear the
under DOCUMENT. It eats away my time when I am trying to go to
The multi-talented free TweakUI Control Panel
add-in from Microsoft
includes a Paranoia tab, with options to (among others):
[ ] Clear Document history at log-on
Bobby Craig said:
I have just discovered that I have a copy of both
EMM386.EXE in C:\DOS and C:\WINDOWS and they are both different.
When running Windows should I be using the DOS ones
or the WINDOWS
Use the more recent version. If you?re running Windows
3.1 and DOS 6.22,
for example, use the C:\DOS versions. If you?re using Windows 95, use
Similarly,if you?re using Windows 95, you?ll have many
in C:\Windows\Command.. use those versions in place of the C:\DOS
In fact, you can delete C:\DOS unless you're booting to your old DOS
Romain Lacroix wondered:
I used to work with Macintosh and want to put some
icon upon the Win95 trash.
You may want to check out the freeware WinMac, which
puts a working
Macintosh menu bar (complete w. Apple Menu) at the top of the screen,
allows changing both Recycle Bin icons to trash bins. It even includes
Mac startup and shutdown screens. Look for WinMac at:
Jesse Canfield said:
I have win95 and I was reading the manual and it
says that you can
have direct connections with another computer via cable and I was just
wondering how or what do I go to make it start the connection or make
realize that it is connected to the other computer or transfer files?
In order to use DCC (Direct Cable Connection) you need
1) A networking client installed on each machine (I
tend to use Client
for Microsoft Networking).
2) A unique computer name for each machine, but
exactly identical Workgroup
names (in Control Panel/Network/Identification)
3) Direct Cable Connection installed on both machines
4) Either a null-modem serial cable or (preferably) a
5) File Sharing turned on (Control Panel/Network/File
Sharing), and at least one drive or folder set as shareable
on the item to be shared in My Computer/Explorer, and choose the
6) Network Neighborhood must be visible on the Desktop
of each machine.
Once you have all those things, run DCC on each
one as the HOST computer (the one with sharing turned on), and the
as the GUEST. Once connection is made, the Guest computer will be able
to read/write, and run programs on the shared items of the Host.