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    Registry message when starting

    I have recently being getting the following message when starting Win98SE

    "Windows encountered an error accessing the system registry. Windows will restart and repair the system registry for you."

    True to its word, Widows then restarts, does a scan of the registry, finds a clean, un-corrupted copy of it, asks me to restart, which I do, and Windows does the rest. Clever.

    But how to solve the problem, for I am continuing to get the message on an intermittent basis. Any ideas?

    I have explored the MS Knowledgebase, and ascertained that my swap file is smaller than my available hard disc space, so it's not that.

    The only clue I have is that when I explored the Windows/sysbckup directory I noticed that the machine had backed up the registry and called it "rbbad.cab"; all the others were the standard "rb003.cab" and so on. As to size of the files "rbbad.cab" is 9.6 MB and the others all about 2.5MB. I have changed the name of the former to "rbbad.old" but assume that can only be a stop gap measure, as it continues to happen!

    So what to do now? I am at a loss! The only other clue is that this situation seems to occur on a Friday morning!

    Any assistance would be appreciated, my only worry is that this may be a symptom of a larger problem.

    Cheers

    John C <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Registry message when starting

    Windows saved five copies of your Registry: Registry Backup 1, Registry Backup 2... (rb001.cab, rb002.cab ...) If most recent backup failed to start, it is renamed to rbbad.cab and Windows (exactly, scangeg.exe) tries to activate second from the list, etc.
    Deleting (or renaming) bad backup gives you nothing, because this is not working copy: scanreg will not attempt to activate it.

    Cause of Registry backup corruption is probably bad clusters on your hard drive.

    To solve your problem, run Scandisk (Start | Run, type SCANDISK and hit Enter) on your C: drive, choosing "Thorough" option and checking "Automatically fix errors". Please be patient, this process will take a time.
    Before running Scandisk, it is better to clean unnecessary files (Empty Recycle Bin; delete all files from c:Windowstemp folder; from Internet Explorer Tools menu choose Internet Options and press Delete Files button, checking Delete All Contents on the next window). You can also check your system for corrupted files (Start | Run, type SFC and hit Enter, then choose "Scan for altered files").

    After Scandisk finish, run Scanreg (Start | Run | SCANREG) and make a copy of your Registry once again (just click Yes when prompted).

    I hope it will solve your problem.

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    Re: Registry message when starting

    Thanks for the trouble you have taken to answer this -- I will take your advice let you know how I get on!

    John C

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