system.1st missing

i want to restore  my registry to system.1st but it cant find it because the HDrive where my windows 98 is installed does not work with its original motherboard but it works just fine outside with my other computer's mother board so i figure that the virus that hit this drive probably damaged the reg keys that drive its capabilty to run from the original mother board it came from. So my question is do you think i should reinstall windows and erase all existing keys and data or try to find a replacement "system.1st" file that by the way is missing in this hardrive as well? all i found when searching both hidden and non so was system.000 which is 30kb vr the runing system.dat which is 6.mb
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Reinstall
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I'm afraid MASQUERAID has your answer.  System.1st is generated, I believe, when you first install Windows on your computer, and whatever software/hardware/drivers, etc. on your system determines the makeup of system.1st, so you will not likely be able to replace it from another computer.
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rogue_phoenixCommented:
Yes. If system.1st is not there it may have been an OEM install that doesn't make one. A reinstall is called for when you change core hardware like that, but you don't have to do it cold. You can (if you feel adventurous) go into the registry and delete

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum

and reinstall.  

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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I'd suggest a split between MASQUERAID and myself.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
:)
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