win 2k opt
I just installed win 2k pro on my computer, had no problems with it yet, but
i was intrested if anyone knows any good tweaking or optimisation progs or tricks.
If you have 2 drives, putting the swap file there (or splitting it up between the drives) I've been told improves performance as well, keeps down on fragmentation.
I've been running 2k successfully for about a year. It's pretty stable. I've found it especially so when using graphics applications like 3ds MAX and Animatek World Builder. Both of these programs are system hogs and will actually kill a system. My system rarely crashes.
There's are a few things that you might want to keep in mind - specifically in regards to your hard drive configuration and swap file.
1) Hopefully you installed Win2k on an NTFS partition instead of converting the volume later from FAT or FAT32.
This allows for the best performance in regards to Win2k in the placement of the MFT and other system files. Microsoft has some nice articles on TechNet in regards to this.
2) Set min and max size of your swap file (pagefile.sys) to be exactly the same size. This will minimize fragmentation.
Check the Tech Net for the optimal size settings, I can't remember the formula.
You may try setting up the swap across two drives as Mr. Jones points out.
If you are going to specifiy where to place your swap, make sure it is a 2nd physical hard disk, not an extended partition as an extended partition is really the same drive. That would defeat the purpose of a swap on another drive.
Make sure that the swap (using a second drive scenario) is on the drive before putting any other data there. If you set the min/max the same and put the swap on first, before data, you will definitely never have a fragmented swap file.
3) Defrag your drives often. The built in defrag program is okay, but Executive Software Disk Keeper is better. You can get it at CompUsa - $59. There is a free update to version 7.0 available.
Munchmark has included a nice link to some good information regarding the services.
4) For networking, only load what you're actually going to need. In other words don't load IPX or Netbeui if you're only going to access the Internet. Netbeui is used for P-P networking, although I'm only using TCP/IP. IPX/Spx is good for some games and for Novell Networks.
Good luck with your new venture. Don't hesitate e-mailing me any questions.
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