The Windows registry may have been corrupted
The files can be found in C:\Windows\Sysbckup\
restore the "registry" from one of these files as far as I know you
must quit to "dos"
- SHUTDOWN - RESTART IN MS-DOS MODE.
when the C:|WINDOWS prompt comes up type (scanreg) then press ENTER
* With Windows ME. you can use a boot disc to run (scanreg)
scanreg will start up, follow the prompts, you can select the file you wish to backup from then click on RESTORE
trouble will relying on "scanreg" for backup is that the files are
replaced after 5 starts and it may take longer than that to discover you have a
problem. This can be over come by
increasing the number of backups "Windows" saves.
can be done in (scanreg .ini) START - RUN - type (scanreg.ini)
Look for ( MaxBackupCopies=5 ) the
5 may be set to a number between 1 & 99.
Each back up will use 3 or 4 megs of disc space though.
alternative to this one or more of the "rg###.cab files could be copied
& saved under a different name.
way using the "Backup utility" in "Windows", if this is not
installed it can be installed using the "WINDOWS SETUP" in
COMPUTER - CONTROL PANEL - ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS - WINDOWS SETUP - SYSTEM TOOLS
the registry with a normal backup of other files go to TOOLS -PREFERENCES - and
make sure that the middle option is selected " Backup or restore the
registry when backing up or restoring the windows directory " The other
options may be selected or not as you like.
to OPTIONS at the bottom of the "Backup window" click on the ADVANCED
tab and make sure that "Back up Windows Registry" is selected.
back the registry up, when you backup your other files.
up & restore the registry on it's own, create an empty folder & call it
something like "AAAempty", this will make it sit on top of the file
tree & make it easy to find.
will not back up unless you have selected at least 1 folder, so by creating this
empty folder you can replace the registry and not disturb the rest of you files.
This backup file will also fit on two floppy's, or mine does
a folder MY COMPUTER - open C drive - FILE - NEW - FOLDER- it comes up with a
name of "New Folder" highlighted, type in the name you would like.
new backup should be made before and after new software installed.
problem a backup doesn't fix is when a program sets itself up as the default
program that opens a type of file. JPEG .jpg for instance. Restoring the
registry won't change it back, I tried.
COMPUTER - VIEW - FOLDER OPTIONS - FILE TYPES - select the file type you want to
change and click EDIT - click OPEN - and click EDIT.
You can then type in the path to the program you wish to use or use the
"Browse" button to find it.
is of use to you.
is in the Help File. As we farmers
have done for years "When all else fails, read the instructions"
"walign" from the Run command line in the start menu to speed up your
Doesn't do much for a new or recently reinstalled system, but a system that has
been up for a while should see a diffrence.
Doesn't do much for a new or recently reinstalled system, but a system that has been up for a while should see a diffrence.