What is it: a utility for increasing the amount of usable memory when running Windows 3.1
Applications: for companies with PCs which cannot run Windows 95, it can increase the number of programs which users can load simultaneously, at a fraction of the cost of upgrading the hardware
If you are running Windows 3.1 or 3.11 on your PC and you are experiencing memory problems, Moremem could be the answer. Specifically, the product can help to avoid the annoying 'insufficient memory to run' message, which is sometimes displayed when loading several applications at the same time.
This message is caused by a shortage of conventional memory - that is, the first 640Kb of the computer's memory. Every Windows application uses a small part of conventional memory, as do certain device drivers and resident programs. Unfortunately, some applications also load dynamic link libraries (DLLs) in this limited space, even though they could just as well load them elsewhere. This anti-social behaviour rapidly eats into conventional memory, and so the message is displayed.
Moremem divides conventional memory into several smaller compartments.
This fools the application into thinking that the space is full, and forces it to load its DLLs higher up in memory.
However, this doesn't solve all memory problems. It cannot prevent you running out of resources, nor will it reduce disk swapping for virtual memory. But it can help you load and run more simultaneous applications than you could otherwise. The benefit depends on your configuration and the applications you run.
Moremem is very easy to use. After installation, you will need to configure it for your specific PC. Essentially, this is a trial-and-error process, but should take only a few minutes in most cases.
As a bonus, Moremem comes with a utility called Topbar which appears as a small window permanently open on the screen. By clicking on icons in the window, you can quickly switch between running applications, in much the same way as you can with the taskbar in Windows 95. Topbar also displays the date, time and amount of free memory and resources. Although this is a handy tool, it isn't a compelling reason to buy Moremem, especially as there are dozens of shareware programs on the market which do the same thing.
Verdict: If you suffer from depleting memory, Moremem could allow you to run more simultaneous applications, although this will depend on your configuration and applications.
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Price: u40, with discounts on bulk orders
User report: Eastern Electricity has bought 3,500 copies to overcome memory shortages when running Affinity, Winsock, SQL Windows and Powerbuilder.
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