Restoring the Registry
you've added programs or software, or made any changes that
may have affected the Registry since the last backups you made,
make new ones. Making new backups is an ongoing process. When
the Registry becomes corrupted, its nice to restore it from
current backups as opposed to backups that might have been made
months, or even years previously.
Check It Out!
First off, we want to make sure that
the backups are there. I know you've checked already, but lets
do it again! Make sure you can view hidden files. Click START/PROGRAMS/WINDOWS
EXPLORER. On the menu bar at the top of the window, click 'View'
and choose 'Folder Options'. You'll see 3 tabs at the top, choose
'View'. Make sure the radio button that says 'Show All Files'
is selected. Click OK.
NOTE: Anytime I include the directory or folder
'WINDOWS', I'm referring to the folder that contains the Windows
files. On a different computer it may be 'WIN95', or 'WIN98',
etc... and you need to replace 'WINDOWS' with the name of the
folder on your computer that contains the Windows files.
For example, if your Windows files
are located in the folder 'WIN98', and I say to type: ATTRIB
-S -H -R C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.DA0 then you would type: ATTRIB -S
-H -R C:\WIN98\SYSTEM.DAO
The same goes for any other file
that you may have named differently.
Using Windows Explorer, check
in the Windows folder (or in some cases Win95 or Win98 folder,
whichever yours is named) for the files SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT.
As you know, these are the two files that make up the Registry.
Also, remember that if Windows is set up to use different profiles,
each profile will have it's own USER.DAT stored under C:\WINDOWS\PROFILES\USERNAME.
These should all be backed up.
If you are using Windows 95, make
sure the automatic backup files are in the Windows directory.
Look for SYSTEM.DA0 and USER.DA0.
If you are using Windows 98, the
automatic backup files saved by ScanReg will usually be saved
in C:\WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP. They will be stored as '.CAB' files
(usually rb001.cab, rb002.cab, etc...). Again, the folder names
may be slightly different on some machines.
While you've got Windows Explorer
open, check the dates on the .CAB files. If you can't see the
dates in the right pane, then click 'VIEW' on the menu bar and
choose 'details'. Remember the name of the most recent backup.
Mine is RB001.CAB.
The Registry backup you made by
exporting from RegEdit will be in the folder you designated
at the time. It will have a '.REG' extension.
If you followed my suggestion
and created a 'SAFEREG' folder to store copies of USER.DAT and
SYSTEM.DAT, then you should see them in C:\WINDOWS\SAFEREG,
and their hidden, system and read-only attributes should not
be set. I tend to trust this one the most!
If you used a third party program
for backing up the registry, then you should also check to make
sure that was successful. Follow the instructions in the manual
or the README.TXT file as to where the files are stored and
the proper restoration procedure.