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RESTORING COMPUTER TO EARLIER TIME

By Shanghai Sam ·
I have windows 98 second edition. I need to restore my computer to an earlier time. I did this several years ago but I have forgotten how. I do know it was done from DOS. Any one help??

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by a.barnes In reply to RESTORING COMPUTER TO EAR ...

Do you mean change the time on the computer so it is earlier? If so, you can do it by double-clicking on the clock in the System Tray and changing the date and/or time. If you want to do it from the command line, you can type

time

and pressEnter. You'll be shown the current time and prompted for a new time. You can do the same for the date by typing

date

Hope that helps.

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by TheChas In reply to RESTORING COMPUTER TO EAR ...

I believe what you did was to switch to the back up copy of the registry.

I don't remember the file names, and did not find anything to jog my memory on my W98 box.

Remember, this will only take you back to the last time the registry was updated or backed up.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to RESTORING COMPUTER TO EAR ...

The registry files for W98 are System.dat and User.dat

To return to an earlier system configuration, you need a backup copy of each.

Rename the existing files to a numerical extension in case you need to retrieve them, or copy them to a separate folder.

Then rename the backups to system.dat and user.dat

Here is a link to a TR article that may be of value:

http://tinyurl.com/ikzp

Chas

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by wcp In reply to RESTORING COMPUTER TO EAR ...

Windows 98 keeps 5 known good registries (one per day if you boot your computer everyday) by default and because of this you may not be able to go back to the day you want.

You need to run

Scanreg /restore

and choose the date you want.

Boot the computer to Safe Mode Command Prompt Only and type ?CD\Windows\Command? without the quotes at the C prompt and run the above command.

Or you can boot the computer with a 98 Startup disk and type ?CD C:\Windows\Command? without the quotes at the A prompt and run the command.

Reference: http://tinyurl.com/8guc

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