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The best way to backup Win95

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What's the best way to backup Windows 95 and which files?

My registry fails about once a month and I have to run setup and restore all my settings which takes too long.

I've a 2nd partition with plenty of space to make a back up but what's the best way to go about it?
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by:chief007
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*****Comments only please until I choose a winner*******
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by:tswaren
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I have similar problems... I used the GHOST utility to burn an image to a cd-rom I then created a boot disk with cd-rom drivers then when I encounter a problem I just use ghost again to copy the files back to my C:\
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by:tswaren
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I have similar problems... I used the GHOST utility to burn an image to a cd-rom I then created a boot disk with cd-rom drivers then when I encounter a problem I just use ghost again to copy the files back to my C:\
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by:Lee W, MVP
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If you're registry is failing and your certain it's you're registry, just back the registry up.  Restoration will be much quicker and simpler.  Are you familiar with the registry's files?  USER.DAT and SYSTEM.DAT?  Their location and how to copy them and "reinstall" them if necessary?
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by:chief007
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Yup I'm aware of them.

The usual problem is I get a registry fault which doesn't restore from the auto backup properly. I then get an error with the system.ini not finding something and then a bunch of errors (Vmm32 type things) which says to run setup again.

Will the two registry files fix all of this??

Apart from installing/removing software and hardware are there any other occasions when the registry alters?
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by:drdancm
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For the general question about backing up WIN95, I recommend one of the image backup programs such as Ghost etc. You can backup to another partition of your hd or  to removable media. PowerQuest (makers of Partition Magic) have an excellent inexpensive pgm called Direct Access, which in my experience backed up entire C: partition of 250-500Mb to another partition of the same hd in about 4-10 minutes. To restore you simple run a DOS pgm which fits on a 1.44Mb floppy, or from the same partition that you put your image backup.

With respect to Registry backup on W95 or NT, I have had excellent success w
ConfigSafe (free demo download from www.artisoft.com, or from www.imagine-lan.com ?)
This super easy to use utility allows registry (&  *.ini file) backups which can be labelled, and are store on your hard drive (another patition is recommended) or removable media, or even on floppies?.  In case MS (Mostly Stupid) W95 fails to load at all, ConfigSafe runs from DOS using the SOS utility. It works very well.

Keep in mind that registry backup/restore will only fix problems that are ACTUALLY cause d by registry problems only, not something else, or a combination of registry and something else (e.g. hardware conflict).

Good luck
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Sorry about the delay (I thought I posted a response on Friday... guess it didn't go through)

Provided that no system files are getting lost or corrupted, this should work.

The registry changes constantly.  If you'd like a look at what's going on, go to www.sysinternals.com and look for a program called RegMon - it can display ALL reads/writes/updates to the registry.  Whenever you make a change to your settings for the display or anything else, in Windows or a program (I wrote a little utility that writes the date to the registry every so often (I was having a problem loosing the date & time and wanted to keep file dates at least in chronological order))
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by:chief007
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Thanks drd... Good answer but leew wins the points.

I wrote a couble of bat files to backup and restore the registry and when it crashed out the other daythey fixed the problem.

leew post an answer ant the points are yours.
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I can type, honest.
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Lee W, MVP earned 50 total points
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Ok, Thanks.  I'm glad it worked for you.
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