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win98 registry coruppted

i have a probelm with win98 registry is
i try to reinstall win98 but still can
solve it

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try registry cleaner. download it from the microsoft website www.microsoft.com
Win98 comes with a registry checker (not recommended to use other utilities).

If you get into Win98, goto system information and start registry checker from therein (somewhere in tab "extras")

If you cannot get into Win98, start it from DOS by entering:
"scanreg /fix"

If Win98 was running before, you may have a valid registry backup somewhere on your HD.
Then you can restore your registry by entering from DOS:
"scanreg /restore"
(the backups are stored in \windows\sysbckup named rb???.cab)

If all of the above won't help, you have to reinstall Win98 from scratch...

Please backup your data before formatting any drives !

The registry is in two files:

c:\{windows dir}\user.dat
c:\{windows dir}\system.dat

The backups are at:

c:\{windows dir}\user.da0
c:\{windows dir}\system.da0

0 = Zero (just incase you can't read it)

You can rename the backups to have a .dat extension and you would have just backed up the registry.
This "overwrite method" is old WIN95 style.
WIN98's registry backup is the "*.cab" file.
Everytime WIN98 boots properly, it saves the current registry.
So, the method of recovering the registry as I described above would be the most efficient.
If this won't help, he has to reinstall the OS from scratch...

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