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Where is the registry?

by dorrmann / January 1, 2005 10:01 AM PST

I am running XP, and just put an old HD in as a slave. That HD has a bad install of 98 on it. I need to get a value out of the old registry. Is it located somewhere I can just browse to?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Registry Location for Windows 98
by Bob G / January 1, 2005 1:01 PM PST
In reply to: Where is the registry?

The registry info for Windows 98 is located in four files. User.dat (User specific info), System.dat (Hardware & computer specific info), system.ini, & win.ini. Backup registry is saved in rb?.cab files.

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no can do, as far as I know...
by reefurbb / January 1, 2005 9:31 PM PST
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unless you fire up with old W98 hdd and search the registry (start>run>regedit) and export the entry to a floppy. I can't imagine a value that XP needs from W98, except with some program where an install should take care of it. Product keys are another story.
I don't know how you would get info out of the files mentioned in the previous post.
There is a DOS way to do it but XP won't run DOS unless you installed on a FAT32 partition.

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Difficult but not impossible.
by Bob G / January 1, 2005 10:38 PM PST

The two dat files can be searched with a Windows Word processor file like Wordpad. Much of the info in the dat files is in a text formate, All you need to know is a small part of the text to find the info you want. This is not as easy as using Regedit but I have found items in these files.

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