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Start without the floppy

Not booting from a floppy drive any time soon? Disable your computer’s drive-checking procedure and save yourself a few seconds of boot time.

Each time you boot the computer, Windows 98 automatically scans your hardware to see if a floppy disk has been installed since the last time the system started. If you’re not going to be booting from a floppy drive any time soon, you can disable this checking and save yourself a few seconds of boot time. To disable the floppy drive search, simply right-click on My Computer and select Properties. Click the Performance tab and select File System. Click the Floppy Disk tab and uncheck the box that says “Search for new floppy disk drives each time your computer starts.” Click OK twice to save your changes, then reboot the system to see the difference.

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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