EQWatcher Evolution > Installation > Optimizing Windows
This won't be as complete as some other guides I've seen by EQ players on optimizing Windows, and I'll try to provide some links to those... but I can help anyway.
Windows 98 has some pretty crappy defaults.
Virtual Memory: Open up System Properties (right click My Computer and click Properties). Click the Performance Tab, and then click Virtual Memory. Click Let me Specify my own Virtual Memory Settings. Set the Minimum and Maximum size to 512MB (provided you have enough hard drive space) -- they should be the same size. If this is NOT set, there is a LOT of extra hard drive usage by Windows changing the size of the virtual memory and doing a lot of swapping.
Hard drive access: I forget exactly how to find this, but somewhere in the System Properties in the Performance Tab is a setting that allows you to choose between "Desktop Computer" or "Network Server" or something like that. It defaults to desktop, but selecting the server option will make it go faster. There is really no reason to ever have the desktop option selected.
Conservative Swap File Usage: Open up the "System.ini" file found in your Windows directory (try Start->Run and running "msconfig" for this). Find the section that starts with "[386Enh]" -- if there isn't one, go to the bottom and add it. Right under the [386Enh] heading, add the line "ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1".
Virtual Memory: I forget exactly where this is on Win2k, but open up System Properties, and there should be a "Performance" or "Advanced" tab with Virtual memory settings. Open this up, and set it so your own settings are used. Set the minimum and maximum sizes to 512MB (provided you have the hard drive space) -- they should be the same size. If this is NOT set, there is a LOT of extra hard drive usage by Windows changing the size of the virtual memory and doing a lot of swapping.
Processor Scheduling: Okay I admit I also forget exactly where to find this... but. Open up System Properties, and there should be a "Performance" or "Advanced" tab with Processor scheduling settings. It allows you to select between "Programs" and "Background services". Select "Background services" (it is Programs by default, which causes incredibly poor performance in WinAMP, EQWatcher, and anything else besides EverQuest. The difference in performance in EQ is not noticeable).
Open up System Properties, click the Advanced Tab, and under "Performance" click Settings. Click "Adjust for best performance". Click the Advanced tab. Click "Background services" under "Processor scheduling". Click the "Change" button under "Virtual memory". Click "Custom size". Set "Initial size" and "Maximum size" to the same number (I would recommend 512MB or 768MB).
Here's a couple links to someone else's guides, which involve more work including defragmenting and repartitioning to move the virtual memory swap files:
How to configure Windows XP for Smokin EQ performance
Ok...How to setup your WIN 98 computer for Luclin