Disk Space Savings
You can save disk space after the standard Windows 95 installation by using these tips:
- Go to the Windows' HELP folder by using Explorer. Or simply use the FIND command from the START Button and search for *.AVI files. These AVI or movie files typically eat up 7MB of space and by deleting them can give you more area for storage.
- You can also clean duplicate DLL or Dynamic Link Library files from your system. By using Clean System Directory v1.5 you can check for duplication and copy the unused DLL files to a directory called OLDDLLS. Then after executing your applications, you find you don't need them, just delete them to save space.
- You can also get rid of shortcuts that no longer link to an application becuase you have deleted it or uninstalled it. By executing v1.3 Start Menu Cleaner, you can clean up and delete those shortcuts that are no longer needed. Start Menu Cleaner does require two files that you should already have on your system, but if you don't just click the link: OLEAUT32.ZIP and MSVBVM50.EXE that you will have to get off of the Internet. May I suggest Download.Com for a good source for a multitude of files. The files that I mentioned should be located in your WINDOWS\SYSTEM subdirectory. The MSVBVM50 file is a self-extracting file from the Microsoft Support Site that offers the Visual Basic Runtime v5 module. Both these programs provided are FREEWARE for users of Microsoft Products.
- Use the FIND command and search for TMP and BAK files that can be deleted. You can also use your existing browser(s) and delete the file cache which may consume more than 20MB of files.
Running utilities such as Norton Utilities 95 v2.0/3.0x does allow the user to check for files larger than 1MB in size to see if they are really needed. By using Explorer when you view file listings, you can click on the top of the screen that identifies name, type, size, etc. and sort items in that order. You must list the file details first to get the size.