Blink and you'll miss the visible changes in the first, limited-release test version of Windows 97, but there are several less visible changes in this beta that are worth keeping an eye on.
We used the new command-line conversion utility to change the file system on a 2.1Gb hard disk from FAT16 to FAT32, a more efficient version of the file allocation table system first released late last year in an OEM-only upgrade to Windows 95. The conversion saved us about 67Mb, but there was no way to switch back to FAT16 if we encountered compatibility problems.
The beta also included a utility for downloading automatically upgrades and new drivers directly over the Internet, which could be a real time-saver for large corporations.
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