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Quick Tip -- Cookies! Low on Disk Space?
If you use IE4 or 5 in Win9x and FAT16, your cookies are taking up more space than first appears. Your C:\Windows\Cookies folder may report a couple of hundred small cookie files, all of which may only add up to a total of about 100KB. However, if you right-click on the that folder view its properties you'll probably be surprised to find that it takes up a whopping 5 to 7MB of space. This is because of the 32KB sectors that FAT16 uses for each of these tiny files. The moral of the story: Clean out your cookie jar! Get rid of all those old cookies unless you really need them.

Fix Annoying Autocomplete Delay
If your system is like mine, when you start to type an address into IE, your disk starts chugging, your CD starts to spin, and there's a delay before Autocomplete starts to work. This is because IE is searching for LOCAL paths. You can turn this off by going into Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, then unchecking Use inline AutoComplete in Windows Explorer.

This sounds like it won't affect IE, but it does. It forces IE to only look for URLs in its Autocomplete. Try it. You'll find your Autocomplete works much faster, and without all the disk fuss.
(Thanks Andre!)

Fix Missing Taskbar
If you suddenly find that your taskbar is missing from Win9x (or NT) ...

  • Launch Regedit.
  • Back up your Registry.
  • Drill down to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ StuckRects and delete it.
  • Reboot.
  • Enjoy!

Resolve The "Floppy Seek" Annoyance in Windows Explorer
When launching Windows Explorer for the first time after booting Win98, you are delayed about two or three seconds while Windows searches your floppy drive looking for a disk. You can change all that quite easily:

  • Launch Regedit and drill down to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer and look for a DWORD whose value is "NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=dword:00000091.
  • If the value is there and you'd like to stop this behavior you can delete it. However, it is always prudent to back up any value you delete (or alter) by first saving or exporting it to a REG file.
  • To do so, just highlight the DWORD value and then choose the Registry pull down menu and then click the Export Registry File... item. Type a name you will remember and save it in an easy to get at place. If you don't like the results of the modification, you can undo the changes by simply double clicking the REG file in Windows Explorer. The deleted DWORD value will be replaced as if never gone.
  • This Registry modification should also allow you to disable autorun for DATA CDs.
  • Enjoy!

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