Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multime
By David L. Farquhar
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 1999
Pages: 291

Every Windows user has spent hours trying to figure out ways to optimize system performance. And each of those same users has most likely been frustrated by that process. Understanding Win 9x and tuning it to be more efficient, whether for desktop applications or video-intensive games, can be very time-consuming.

This book gives you the tips and tricks you'll need to make your system run faster than ever before, and you won't find them in any Windows documentation. Do you really need Internet Explorer? Can you use an alternative shell that will give you a better Windows experience? Maybe you're wondering if you need a hardware upgrade or if you can tweak your existing system to work faster instead and save you a lot of unnecessary expense? Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia will answer these questions and save you wasted hours of searching and experimenting on your own computer to find the practical solutions you're looking for.

This book covers:

  • General concepts of conserving memory and CPU cycles, processor speed, and disk optimization
  • Speeding application launch times
  • Utilities bundles and which one is right for fine-tuning your system
  • Benefits of partitioning your drive and what tools you need to do it
  • What to look for in uninstallers and how to use this valuable maintenance tool strategically
  • Replacement Windows shells like Program Manager and freeware shells like EVWM and LiteStep
  • Optimizing DOS sessions and Dial-up networking

You may find other books that teach you how to be more productive with the user interface, but they don't talk much about system optimization. Whether you use your computer in a home or office for business or games, with Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia you won't need to dig through hundreds of pages to come up with a small handful of tips. This book does that work for you and presents it in an easily referenced format.

If you want to make the most of your time and your computer, this is a book you'll want on your shelf.

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By Mark Anthony

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Comments about O'Reilly Media Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multime:

I decided to visit my local Chapters store tonight and review some books when I came across this one. Well, one of the benefits of Chapters is that you're actually allowed to sit down and read books in the store. While I didn't read this book from cover-to-cover, I did read the vast majority of it. And even though I didn't buy it before leaving, I now have this book placed near the top of my list of books to purchase and will do so in a day or so.

Anyone reading this review should take it upon themselves to sit down and browse through this book. The information is very easy to read and the tips are very practical and will provide "real-world" performance increases (I know 'cause I've used some of the tips detailed within this book prior to reading it).

So check it out...

 
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I am primarily a Linux user and therefore I have many O'Reilly books, all of which I have found to be very good and useful.

However, I still use Windows 9x for gaming and general day-to-day use and have always objected very strongly to Microsoft's attitude that simply assumes that you have the latest super-fast hardware and want "Active Desktop", Internet Explorer integration, animated menus, etc. without question.

As somebody who is used to optimising Linux and UNIX systems and who came from a DOS background, I have for a long time wanted to get into the real "guts" of Win 9x to do the same but have found Microsoft's web site so convoluted to get to the information I wanted that I frequently ended up giving up.

This book is therefore a GODSEND and I snapped it up the moment it appeared on the shelf of my local bookstore this weekend. I have now read it virtually cover-to-cover and I cannot speak highly enough for this book - it really is well written and has changed my attitude to Win 9x; previously, I had done some surface level optimising of 9x and just assumed that was it for what is basically a "baggage ridden" OS but having finished the book, I am eager to start re-installing machines with some of David's tips, eager to find out just HOW fast I can get it to run on them.

I don't think this book really misses not having a CD - all of the free utilities the author mentions are small and downloadable from the Internet and the "typing in" stuff is minimal (to be perfectly honest, I haven't messed around with config.sys and autoexec.bat for so long now that I welcome the chance to do some command line work again!)

In summary, it's a great book, an easy read and has a lot of interesting stuff in it - I look forward to an update that includes Windows ME which seems to be the most sluggish 9x OS of them all!

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