Windows'98 registry backer needed

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Does anyone know where I can obtain a copy of cfgback.exe or another Windows'98 registry backer?  I can't seem to find one on my CD?
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Built into the os run or locate a file call scanreg.exe it will automaticy backup registry. Also find a file called scanreg.ini you can customize this file.  Create a shortcut to it and on the command line put C:\WINDOWS\SCANREGW.EXE /backup this will backup the registry to place you desire in your scanreg.ini file and specify how many backup should be kept.

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Got it thanks.
How does this differ from cfgback.exe or maybe it doesn't?

When I ran it, it said system was already backed today even though I did not do this.  I presume windows does this each time I logon.  How would I get win98 to backup the registry to A:\ each evening using task sechedule?

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Dan
If you use the command line scanreg.exe /backup it will not prompt you backup the registry and will do it automatically.
It will backup to the location specified in the scanreg.ini file. Goto start and then find and look for scanreg.ini you can change alot of the behavier of this utility from here. Have a look at it.
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There are two files there, scanreg and scanregW.  The 2nd one appears to be a windows version compared to the dos version.

That should mean that I can run another batch files via schedule each morning with scanreg /backup a: and it wont prompt me each morning.  Otherwise another solution is to edit the scanreg.ini and allow it to copy it to a:\ in addition to its normal backup?  The only problem I see here is if no disk is in a: it might throw up problems.

In the scanreg.ini file itself, it lists several things.
What is the name of the actual windows reistry file, and are there really 5 copies as reported by scanreg?  It says there are some files called user.dat and system.dat found in the root folder, and *.cab files found in a few other places. How are these relevant and should I copy them too or will scanreg do it for me?



The files are named rb001.cab is the first one and then rb002.cab
now if you ever had to restore one of these files because of corrupted registry you would start the system to a command prompt only and run the dos based version and choose to restore on off the cab files.

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I just tried this command a:\scanreg /backup a: and the command did not backup the registry to floppy drive.  Any idea?

Here is the contents of my scanreg.ini file
I DONT want to amend it so that if I put a:\ somewhere, it will always look for a:\ each time I boot up and saves the registry.  I want to backup the registry to a:\ on an ad hoc basis, but none of the commands I try, inc scanreg /backup a:\ do not work.


contents of scanreg.ini
;
; Scanreg.ini for making system backups.
;

;Registry backup is skipped altogether if this is set to 0
Backup=1

;Registry automatic optimization is skipped if this is set to 0
Optimize=1

ScanregVersion=0.0001
MaxBackupCopies=5

;Backup directory where the cabs are stored is
; <windir>\sysbckup by default. Value below overrides it.
; It must be a full path. ex. c:\tmp\backup
;
BackupDirectory=

; Additional system files to backup into cab as follows:
; Filenames are separated by ','
; dir code can be:
;       10      : windir (ex. c:\windows)
;       11      : system dir (ex. c:\windows\system)
;       30      : boot dir (ex. c:\)
;       31      : boot host dir (ex. c:\)
;
;Files=[dir code,]file1,file2,file3
;Files=[dir code,]file1,file2,file3

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I just tried this command a:\scanreg /backup a: and the command did not backup the registry to floppy drive.  Any ideas?
The only way you can backup to a: is to put it on the line of scanreg.ini and this may cause you problems.

If you perfer you can still use the old utilitys found on microsofts site.

http://support.microsoft.com/support/downloads/LNP192.asp?PR=NTW&T1=7d&FR=0&A=T&T=B&S=F&

Eruzip.exe and cfgbk.exe can be found at the above location.

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