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Chapter 24. Working with the Windows Registry > Backing Up the Windows Registry

Backing Up the Windows Registry

You'll find comfort in knowing that Windows 98 automatically backs up the Registry for you. Once each day, Windows 98 uses the Windows Registry Checker (SCANREGW.EXE in C:\Windows) to back up the Registry to CAB files you find in C:\Windows\Sysbckup. The first backup is named RB000.CAB, the second is RB001.CAB, and so on. The file with the highest number is the most recent backup file; thus, RB004.CAB is a more recent backup than RB002.CAB.

Right-click one of the CAB files, presumably the most recent, and choose View to examine its contents. You'll find four files in it: SYSTEM.DAT, SYSTEM.INI, USER.DAT, and WIN.INI. By default, Windows Registry Checker keeps only five backup copies of the Registry, but you can increase that number by changing the MaxBackupCopies entry in SCANREG.INI to a higher number, perhaps 10.


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