win98 registry not loaded/not started since 2012? possibly

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Arthur Penney

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This is not a problem because the pc seems to be working fine. Just a puzzle. PC bought Jan 2000. 16GB drive C with 98SE.
Added 40GB drive D with XP, usual choice.
Recently noticed on infrequent start of 98
Boot check by AVG
Picture of WIN98
Message about registry not processed
After ~30s carries on loading, haven't noticed anything wrong.
Looking at the candidates for scanreg /restore, the last choice saying 'started' was 2012. The more recent say 'not started'.
What do these terms mean, in case it isn't obvious?
What is going on? Can the computer run without the registry?
I should say that my knowledge about all this stuff is very limited.
I should also remind the reader of the old wisdom - If it ain't bust, don't fix it. Which i have disobeyed in the past, to my cost.
 

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Boot check by AVG
Message about registry not processed
The AVG boot scan, as far as I remember, does not scan the registry.
Stop the boot scan and see if that makes a difference.

The registry is accessed every time you start your pc.
It is suggesting that scanreg /restore has not 'started' [been used] since 2012.
That means that you haven't used scanreg/restore since that date - is that correct?
 
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Arthur Penney

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blues_harp28 Thank you for your reply.
As I said in the previous message, this is a puzzle rather than a problem as the pc seems to working fine. So I am reluctant to alter anything. I will look into AVG when I get home.
I will be a bit more explicit about the message that comes up when it says that it has been unable to process the registry. It suggests going to command prompt and running scanreg /fix. That stopped after a short time saying something about lack of conventional memory. As far as I can remember, I have never used scanreg before. I asked for help about it scanreg /? and thought I would try restore with the 2012 option labelled 'started'. The early message about failed to process registry still happened, it then ran into trouble wanting to install stuff that was now missing. Since it had made no difference to the puzzling message, I gave up and restored the registry from a couple of days ago even though it was labelled not started.
In view of the remarks made so far and the fact that the pc seems to working fine, I am wondering whether win98 is having a second go at loading the registry a bit later. I haven't had any problems with this pc for years.
 

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Since 2012 the registry has automatically added to and removed redundant registry entries, as when you added programs/applications and then, removed them.
Add to that, Windows updates [in the past] and Windows correcting day to day, week to week, errors that will occur in the registry.

To restore the registry back to 2012 - will not help improve an already out of date operating system and will cause other problems as you highlight above.
My advice, when something is working - leave it alone.
You mentioned having AVG installed - are you using this pc to access the internet?
 

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blues_harp28 and others,
Thank you for the replies. The pc is not connected to the internet. I have been getting a bit nervous about the pc failing as it does what I want quite successfully, even a bit of Serif Pageplus desktop publisher, which was pushing it a bit!
 

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If XP works properly the rest of the PC is probably ok but the Win98 hard drive could be starting to fail.

Do you really need 98 ?
 

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Managed (Allan), I rarely use win 98 for the main reason that it takes a long time to fully start, compared to partially started enough for, say, notebook. Whereas XP is relatively quick and even quicker from hibernate. However, XP is relatively recent and there are some things on win98 that I like to use occasionally. Touring Cars game comes to mind, the futile exercise of chasing around after Alain Menu and Jason Plato. Thank goodness it's on W98 so that I can't get at it easily. I also take some comfort from seeing that their seem to be quite a number of people getting into difficulties with beloved old software trying to run on new machines.
 
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