The following points summarize the key concepts in this chapter:
Managing the Windows 95 File System
- Windows 95 introduced many improvements for simplifying file management. These include 32-bit VFAT, long filenames, VCACHE, built-in CD-ROM support, built-in EIDE and SCSI drivers, and an expanded list of 32-bit drivers.
- Windows 95 provides two programs for managing files. My Computer, with its simple Windows format, is a user-friendly utility designed for beginners. Windows Explorer is an enhanced version of the Windows 3.x File Manager. For the computer professional, mastering Explorer is the key to troubleshooting hardware and software problems.
- Windows allows extensive use of the drag-and-drop, and Cut, Copy, and Paste functions for managing files. The right mouse button provides easy access to shortcut menus.
- The Recycle Bin is an excellent tool to help prevent accidental file deletion.
Troubleshooting Windows 95
- Disk management is made simple with the new GUI.
- Windows 95 provides a number of useful tools for maintaining disks. Backup, defragmentation, and ScanDisk utilities are built into the operating system.
- Two tools—Resource Monitor and Resource Meter—are provided for monitoring and identifying resource problems.