If your a Windows User (which most of us are) you would have been greeted with a similar message to one of these, 'The windows registry has been corrupted, please reinstall Windows' If you haven't ever been greeted one your lucky! There is no real way that you can stop those errors, but there is a couple ways to help prepare for it...
- For Windows 98 and 98SE Users: For a start you should create a shortcut to the Windows Registry Backup tool (which is only included with Win98 and Win98 SE) on your desktop and run at lease one a day, or ideally more... To do this click Start, Settings, Taskbar & Start Menu, then to the top click the Start Menu Programs and then click add, in the command line type the following, C:windowsScanregw.exe (This is the link to the registry tool) Now all you have to do is double click on that shortcut and click yes to the option when prompted.
- For Windows 95 Users: If only Microsoft would have created a program for Windows 95 which was similar to the Windows 98 version (we will never know, remembers it Microsoft we are talking about here) ok anyway, to backup your registry manually (which is what we have to do) is really simple, don't let it scare you off! Open Windows Explorer (or which ever file browser your prefer) and copy the following files from your C:windows folder; System.dat, User.dat, System.ini and Win.ini, copy these files to a safe spot where they can be easily accessed at a later stage.
Restoring "A good registry"
- For Windows 98 and 98SE Users: Restart your computer and before you see a screen which says Starting Windows, press and hold F8, then choose number 5 and press enter, once everything is loaded, type C:scanreg, this will bring up the dos version of Windows Registry Checker and will give you the option of restoring those files you backed up in the steps above. Reboot and with any luck your system will be up and working again :)
- For Windows 95E Users: Restart your computer and before you see a screen which says Starting Windows, press and hold F8, then choose number 5 and press enter, once everything is loaded the files we backed up in steps above (System.dat, User.dat, System.ini and Win.ini) will need to be accessed... We need to copy those files to your C:windows folder by typing A: the press enter then type copy .* C:windows , Reboot and with any luck your system will be up and working again :)
If you have followed this guide step by step, you will save your self hours of working reinstalling all your software etc... Hope this has helped :)