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Chapter 6. Working with the Windows Regi... > Backing Up and Restoring the Windows...

Backing Up and Restoring the Windows Registry

Windows Me automatically backs up the Registry for you every time you successfully start Windows. This process takes place silently and without requiring any intervention on your part, courtesy of a tool called the Windows Registry Checker. Here's how it works:

Each time you start Windows, the Registry Checker tool (Scanreg.exe) runs. This tool inspects your Registry files for damage or errors. If the Registry passes muster (as it normally does), the Registry Checker creates a single backup file in compressed (Cabinet) format; this backup file contains copies of System.dat, User.dat, Classes.dat, Win.ini, and System.ini. If your system is set up to use separate profiles for each user who logs on, the backup copy contains a copy of each user's User.dat file.


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