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Hi. Recently upgraded to a cyrix m II 300 processor and asus motherboard. After some hardware problems finally got everything going. Did a clean install of win98 and seems to be working fine. However, sometimes when I turn the computor on in the morning, I get a message that "windows found an error accessing the registry. windows will fix this error, reboot your computor" This message appears after the windows password screen comes up. When i shut down at night, i always scan, defrag and check the registry. I am puzzled why this comes up. It couldn't be a hardware problem, could it? could it be something in the bootup[power management?]
Please help me with this. Thanks.p.s. after i restart it is ok.
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1)As you scan and defrag your computer or you unplug or plug some installed device, these will make changes to your registry. Especially when you did not empty the recycle bin or did not delete temp files or internet cache files before you defrag your computer. Thus, please try to empty the recycle bin and delete temp files/internet cache files before you defrag next time. It is not necessary to defrag your computer every night. Defrag your computer every week or when your computer slow down or have not much spaces.

2)Try to install some software that can clean the registry although Win98 can update registry by system tool. This update will include your temp/internet cache files too (it changed every night you have been to internet).  There are some by the third party and CleanSweep ver 4.0 have an effective registry clean for Fast and Safe. Not advertising for CleanSweep. you are provoked to use other parties too as you will find a lot in the shareware.  
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thanks pslh. my only other question is why did i not ever see this message on win95 &win98 before i upgraded and did a clean install. my previus insallation of 98 was over 95.
I did mess around in internet explorer and actually lost the ability to place bookmarks on the link section of the toolbar. could this have something to do with it?
thanks again
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Refer to your comment Dec0498 10:19Am PST, I thought you said why you didn't see such an message
"windows found an error accessing the registry. windows will fix this error, reboot your computor" in Win95.
In win95 (orginal, ver a or ver b) there is no registry clean or update programes. Then of course you cannot see. However, it did not mean your registry is clean and short. Some people found their PC with Win95 run slower and slower and to an untolerable status after several months. This was because their registry was as long as the bedsheet. That you can see/view using the command regedit.exe in the windows directory.  In 97, Microsoft have a small programme called RegClean that you can download from their site.  This help to update registry but actually not cleaning. Windows will record your current setup and running software and saved before you ended your PC. However, window will not clean the registry in comparing its last backup until you use Regclean to update it. Next time when you open the PC, win95 run similar. Then you got a very very long registry.

For win98, in order to automatically updating the registry so that the computer can refresh its rate to full speed of running, win98 had combined the improved version of Regclean with backup and updating function. That's why you can see that "message" while opening your PC. Win98 will compare the backup file of registry to your current just scanned registry.  Once you reboot the backup file will be the same as your PC have had nothing changed but just reboot twice. Then no more such a kind of msg appear. That is no much harmful to your system as there is no real bug.

Your second sentence mentioned not quite clear your  question.
Are you running active desktop for active channel linking etc.?
If you are interested, please revert further. Pslh

 
   
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pslh. Thank you for your answer. sorry to be so confusing. I meant to say when i first installed 98 over 95 i dont ever remember getting that message. When i upgraded and did a clean install, then i would occasionally get the message. maybe because i had already installed all my programs in 95 when i first upgraded to 98. when i did a clean 98 install i had to reinstall everything so that might be why the message would appear. make any sense? thanks greatly for your help
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