Increase Your Backup Copies
Every time you start Windows 98, it uses a utility called SCANREG to backup your two hidden system files: USER.DAT and SYSTEM.DAT that make up your registry. The default backup is 5 copies, if you want to increase that number just follow these instructions:
- Execute MS Explorer and located the file in the Windows directory called: SCANREG.INI.
- Double-click on the file to open it up or select File, Open to edit the file in Notepad.
- Replace the 5 in the command line: MaxBackupCopies=5 with a number 1 through 99 depending on how many generations of system backup you would like to keep.
- Then save your changes and close Notepad.
To restore corrupted registry files, follow these steps:
- At the DOS prompt, type: Scanreg /restore.
- Then press Enter and you will be presented with the five OLDEST backups of those saved. (Tip-in-a-tip: To get to the newer ones, either move the older ones to another folder--by default, they're stored in Windows\Sysbckup
and are numbered rb000.cab, rb001.cab,...--or delete them.)
Remember that this backs up your system registry files: USER.DAT and SYSTEM.DAT. To back up your entire Registry (*.REG) file, use REGEDIT to export a copy to a different drive or folder. To get back those registry settings, you can then use REGEDIT to import items from that file. REMEMBER: Imports to a registry file can cause duplication registry key entries. By using REGCLEAN from Microsoft, a freeware program, you can clean up those duplicate keys.
This tip comes from Valerie Ryan with additional information from myself.
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Date of last revision: 2 August 2001.