Registry files strategy question
Posted on 2003-03-16
This question relates to WINDOWS 98SE only.
I have created a new directory C:\BACKUP\TODELETE in which to save files (pending future deletion) that appear to be "dead". In this directory there is a README.BAT file that shows the date moved over, plus the complete original path.
For example, there are old registry SYSTEM and USER files with extensions like .---, .1ST, .BAK, .PAK NU6, .NEW and others. These I have moved over.
Normal automatic backups with .DAT extensions are stored in 6 cabinets (rb000.cab - rb005.cab) in C:\WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP directory. I don't touch these.
Still others with an extension of .RSC are stored in C:\WINDOWS and appear to be normal transient backup files, so I don't touch these. I do wonder how these might be used in system recovery.
What is strange, however, is that 3 USER (but no SYSTEM) files with .DAT, .BAK, and .PAK extensions are stored as HIDDEN and READ ONLY in C:\WINDOWS\PROFILES\DEFAULT. This directory is only used (I think) during a WINDOWS logon when an ID and password are not provided. When I tried it today, it created a new copy with the .PAK extension.
These USER files are not in plain English, but the ASCII representation as shown with QUICK VIEW PLUS appears like normal Registry USER files. However, the file LENGTH is only about half the size of the regular ones.
If you have PERSONAL knowledge of what these files are and their purpose, please respond. Can they be deleted? Should I substitute a normal length USER file? If so, why isn't this done automatically?
Thanks for your time.