well if F8 and safe mode or last good configuration don't work, there's always windows recovery console which can be preinstalled as a boot option, have a look at this page. http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=230089&messageID=2383667 not as simple as scanreg/restore with 98 but using console you can access system restore points in XP.
Registery Backup (similar to Win98 - ScanReg), if XP Pro has or 3rd Part Software Have it
Win 98 / SE has a ScanReg.exe application, which on start-up picks up the 2 Registery files (System.Dat,
User.Dat) plus 2 ini files (System.ini and Win.in) and compresses trhem as *.cab file - RBxxx.cab. The
files are stored at Windows\SysBckUp folder.
In case of improper shut-down or some just installed program cause problem, one can boot with F8 to
command propmt and RESTORE the registery.
Is there a similar functionality in Win XP - Professional or if not, any 3rd party software developer
has created a software for that.
Restore from Windows mode generally does not work and in case the registery is totally messed up,
one does not have the running system, so the question of restoring the system, using SYSTEM RESTORE
application does not arise.
Comments and feed-back will be much appreciated.
Jan 30, 2007