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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jsmason00, Jan 20, 2003.

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  1. jsmason00

    jsmason00 Thread Starter

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    I have a HP n3210 laptop. When I started it up it said windows have found errors, and something about going back to an older version? Now none of my progrsams that I have recently( within last couple months) installed will work. i.e. word, my internet, my work progrsam....NOTHING! Please help.
     
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    What version of windows? Can you get to the desktop at all?

    Can you scan for viruses?
     
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    Windows 98se. Ran scandisk....no errors. I have no virus software. Is there another way to scan for viruses?
     
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    I can't get online.

    I think it did say something about registry. Like an idiot I went past the error message to quick, thinking it was something normal. OOPS!
     
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    Duh, missed the part where you said you couldn't get online......hmmmm.....usually when .exe programs quit working, it's virus related.......let me see if someone else is around who can help........
     
  7. jsmason00

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    Thank you,
    I appreciate all your help.
     
  8. Rollin' Rog

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    It sounds like Windows restored a very old registry because ScanRegistry was not enabled in msconfig and making regular backups.

    The registry replaced may still be on the drive if we can get at it. The command scanreg /fix might be able to repair it if we can get it loaded.

    Here's what I want you to do.

    1 -- create a new folder on the c:\drive and call it: regbak

    2 -- do a Find Files for rb* (have subfolders checked). They should be found in the c:\windows\sysbckup folder. Maximize the Find Files Window, and note full name and "modified" date of each file

    3 -- right click on an rb....cab file you find and select "copy".

    4 -- open your regbak folder, right click on an empty space and select "paste". Continue until all the rb prefixed files are copied there.

    5 -- let me know the full name and date of each of those files.

    >> ps: pay special attention to anything named "rbbad", that would likely be the original registry windows replaced.

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    This is going to be part 2 of the restoration procedure. You can proceed with it if the above went as expected and you feel comfortable with the instructions, or report back first.

    1 -- Once you have the rbbad cab file copied to regbak use Winzip if you have it to extract the files. (Right Click on the cab file and see if you have "extract" in the Right Click menu)

    2 -- The cab will contain 4 files, win.ini, system.ini, system.dat and user.dat. All these should be extracted to c:\regbak (make sure they go there and not to a separate folder, you may have to enter the path manually)

    3 -- Once the files have been extracted, right click on both the system.dat and user.dat files, select Properties and remove the system and hidden attributes (you will need "show all files" selected in Folder Options > View to see these), then close the folder and restart in MS-DOS mode. You should now be at a c:\windows> prompt

    4 -- At the prompt type exactly each bold line and press enter after each line. After each "copy" line, you should receive a prompt to overwrite. Type 'y' and enter.

    attrib -r -s -h *.dat
    copy c:\regbak\system.ini
    copy c:\regbak\win.ini
    copy c:\regback\system.dat
    copy c:\regback\user.dat

    scanreg /fix


    If all went well, scanreg /fix should run and prompt you that it has repaired your registry. Let us know what happens when you restart after this.
     
  9. jsmason00

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    There was only one file:
    rbeqv665 C:\\windows\temporary internet files\content.IE5
    1/02/03


    Also, when I restart my computer I get an error message saying that windows cannot locate file WZQKPICK.EXE any ideas?
     
  10. Rollin' Rog

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    Try navigating in Windows Explorer manually to c:\windows\sysbckup and see if you can locate an rbbad.cab file.

    The startup message indicates it is looking for a winzip file that isn't there.

    If you have no rb...cab files in that directory, I'd say your best bet is to do a Windows reinstall which hopefully will restore net access for you. Then you probably are simply going to have to reinstall all the old programs. Installing Windows into a new folder or formatting and starting entirely clean are other options to consider.
     
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