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Tools to save the Windows

What can be done to save the system like this:

The Win98 only shows the wallpaper upon starting up. It will remain that way.
The only way to use some of the programs (that I have found) is to access the manager through alt-ctrl-del, and then manually start up programs through browsing them...

This was a past experience, and I had to reinstall the Windows finally!
I have read a post in the CNET WinXp Forum that there is tool to cope with such the problem.

Do you know if there are tools for Win98 for the problem that decribed above?

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Sometimes "Restore" will do the job. . .

In reply to: Tools to save the Windows

1. The article [Q183887] explains that when a computer is started successfully, the Windows Registry Checker tool (Scanreg.exe) creates a backup of system files and registry configuration information (including user account information, protocol bindings, software program settings, and user preferences) once daily. Files backed up include, System.dat, User.dat, System.ini, and Win.ini. To use this tool with the /restore parameter, the tool must be run from a command prompt (booted to) outside of Windows where one of up to five registry backup files may be chosen from the list to restore.

CAVEATS: The registry may not be backed up automatically if either or both of the following conditions exists:

? In the C:\Windows\Scanreg.ini file, the "Backup=" line is set to zero.

? In the registry, the ScanRegistry value is missing from the "Run" key.

Note: For the latter above, this is usually caused by the box labeled "ScanRegistry" having been disabled in the Startup tab menu of the "System Configuration Utility" (MSCONFIG). However, if the box is currently checked, verify that the following entry exists:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

ScanRegistry . . . . . . . ."C:\Windows\Scanregw.exe /autorun"


2. Review the article [Q184023] for the many Command-line Switch options which may be used with the Registry Checker tool.

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can you be a bit more specified?

In reply to: Sometimes "Restore" will do the job. . .

I am sorry, but I couldn't find answers from your post for the problem.
I know the system can be saved by the "Restore" function. But how did you type the command in the DOS if it can't be accessed?

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Re: scanreg /restore

In reply to: can you be a bit more specified?

Any Windows trouble you can imagine still lets you boot into MS-DOS (via the f8 or ctrl boot menu) to type scanreg /restore.

But it will only help, of course, for problems caused by an incorrect registry (and a few other files like system.ini, win.ini and msdos.sys). But if that's the case it can be very effective. Of course, there are many problems with other causes (such as missing files, bad hardware, corrupted FAT) and restore of the registry doesn't help then.

Kees

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