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While troubleshooting a Windows 98 problem I decided to install Win98 over top of itself to see if the issue was a corrupt OS.  I've done this before with no problem.  This time when the computer reboots and goes into check of plugNplay devices it give a fatal error.  Now I'd like to "change my mind" and cancel the installation if that's possible.  I looked in run once registry area and removed everything that looked like it was setup related but no help.

Does anyone know if there is a way in registry or otherwise to stop a Windows 98 installation once it has begun?
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Question by:darylr
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menagerie earned 1000 total points
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Hi there....
Did you take a formal backup of the registry BEFORE running a rebuild?
If so then you could use this to recover the registry....?
Have you ever recovered a registry before?
If not.... try the following....
1) Reboot your machine holding down the CTL button
2) This will give you the 6 bootable options
3) Select 'command prompt' (I think this is item 5)
4) type 'cd /windows' to get to windows directory
4a) type 'scanreg /fix' THIS WILL TAKE A LONG TIME (You could try and reboot your machine from here but I suspect it will fall over!!)
4b) type 'scanreg /backup' This will take a backup ... just in case!!
Now you can think about retoring your registry!!
5) type 'scanreg /restore'
6) This will give you a list of backup registry copies with the dates they were backed up
7) Choose the one closest to the time JUST BEFORE you started to rebuild
8) If there is not a 'close' one then you could choose one of the older ones BUT.... this will restore your registry to the status at THIS DATE/TIME!! It will not contain any updates after that date!!! This could cause problems!!
9) After a while the registry will be restored

Theoretically you should now be able to boot your PC to the status that it was in at that time.
Of course... any corrupt files will NOT be replaced!!!

To replace corrupt files use the command 'SFC' from the Run item in the Start menu??
System File Checker looks at all the files and compares it with its history files. Individual and corrupt files can then be recovered either from the original CD or a backup directory....

Hope this helps...

Good luck

Menagerie
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Bless you!  I'll give this a try.
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