I've tried a lot of programs that say they will speed up performance but most of them are just hopeless at freeing memory. Windows kept using up all my memory and I only had a few programs open. White boxes would come up and say you are running dangerously low on resources and it would give me a choice of programs to close. I would try to close one and windows would lock up. This also happened when I tried to close out some programs that weren't responding using control alt delete and windows would lock up again. Now that I have Cacheman installed again everything is running great. I highly recommend this program. It will give you at least 60% more free memory on your PC and if you are a gamer then you will definitely see improved performance.
Cacheman, if you've not heard of it before, is a programme that balances your memory, cache and virtual memory. You know - all the boring stuff that you don't really want to know about. Well, if you actually want the best performance from your Windows 95/98 system then it apparently pays dividends to know what's happening underneath that PC of yours. Cacheman replaces the traditional Windows system that manages memory and implements its own rules and regulations. Judging by the user comments in the help file (funnily enough I couldn't find any bad ones) the program can solve miracles. Though you may be forgiven for being sceptical at this stage, as was myself, you might as well try the program for yourself. This memory manager won't take too long to download and also won't occupy too much of your precious hard drive space. So far, so good... When you load Cacheman you are initially presented with about five bars showing your current settings. You can alter them yourself or change to various preset settings for Windows 95/98 depending on what sort of user you are. You can selected 3D Games, CD-Writer, Power User, Multimedia or Low Memory settings which, according to the help file, optimizes your Windows settings. With programs such as these, it is often difficult to judge their effectiveness if you can't genuinely see an improvement. Does it really reduce buffer underruns and make Quake 3 quicker? Who knows. But with Cacheman being freeware, you have a perfect opportunity to judge it for yourself. In the meantime, remain sceptical to all claims of miraculous speed transformtions.