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Windows 9X Registry
Windows 98 makes five backup copies of the registry files by default. It makes a copy of these files every day. The Registry Checker also scans the registry for inconsistant data structures every time the system is started. These backup copies can be used if the system cannot boot or has a corrupted registry. After the first five days, the backup registry starts to overwrite the first backup registry file. When a backup is made (after the first five days) the first backup now has a new modified date in the properties of the file (it will be the date of the 6th day). On the next boot, the backup from day two now becomes the backup for day 7. Etc,etc, etc.
Another good thing about this process is that you can tell windows to make more than just the five default copies of the registry. In fact you can tell windows to make up to 99 copies of the registry. You can do this by editing the "MaxBackupCopies=##" line in the scanreg.ini file. Scanreg.ini can be found in the c:\windows directory. Change the five to whatever number you want from 0-99. Just remember that each copy of the registry is taking up space on your hard drive. The backup registry files are compressed. Example, a test machine that used 3,393KB for the registry files created a backup that was about 780KB.
The last thing that might be important to know about backing up the registry are the names of the backup files, where they are found, and what files it contains. The name of the first copy is rb000.cab. The second copy is called rb001.cab and so on. They can be found in the c:\windows\sysback directory. The rb**###.cab files contain the following files; System.dat, System.ini, User.dat, Win.ini.
The following image contains the default icons used with the backup registry files as found in c:\windows\sysback.
Manual Backup within Win 98
You will need to run the System Information tool. Go to the Start button/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Information.
From the System Information tool you need to open up Registry Checker under the Tools menu.
This is what the you will see next as the Registry Checker is running.
Choose yes to make another backup. Choose no if you do not want to make another backup copy of today's registry.
NOTE: If the Registry Checker finds a problem with the registry, it will offer to restart your computer in order to fix the problem. Upon rebooting an error message suggests that you run scanreg to "fix" the registry.
Now the registry has been backed up.
Manual Backup Using Scanreg
This will make a non-compressesd copy of the registry.
ScanReg will run a check on the registry.
Now ask the customer to hit enter when -Create Backups- is highlited.
This is the message scanreg will return once the registry has been backed up.
Restoring the Registry with ScanReg
NOTE: Before performing the following steps make sure the customer understands that any software installed before the date of the backup will not function.
Command Line Switches for ScanReg