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Windows 2000: Choose favorites in the registry and stop date and time losses

Find out how to use Favorites in the Registry Editor and how to fix a workstation that keeps losing the date and time after each reboot. These are two must-have tips for the Windows 2000 expert.

If you spend a lot of time in the Windows Registry, you know how tedious it can be to repeatedly search for frequently used keys and entries. Find out how to use Favorites to eliminate much of this unnecessary searching. Then check out our tip on solving the particularly annoying problem of date and time loss. If one of your machines loses its date and time setting after each reboot, we've got the fix.

The following article involves editing your system registry. Using the Windows Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems requiring the reinstallation of your operating system and possible loss of data. TechRepublic does not and will not support problems that arise from editing your registry. Use the Registry Editor and the following directions at your own risk.

Using Favorites in the Registry Editor
The Windows 2000 Favorites folder gives you quick access to the Web sites you visit most often. The Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) also provides you with the ability to add frequently visited registry keys to a Favorites menu. This enables you to open those registry keys quickly without having to browse through the Registry Editor for them. This can save loads of time and typing if you work with certain keys repeatedly, or if you want to add a key that's buried in the registry so you don't have to wear out your fingers getting to it.

Follow these steps to add a key to the registry's Favorites menu:
  1. Select the branch you want and navigate to it.
  2. Choose Favorites | Add To Favorites. (The Registry Editor is going to prompt you to name the key; the Registry Editor will use the key name by default.)
  3. Click OK to add the key to the Favorites menu.

The Registry Editor stores the entries for the Favorites menu in the registry. The entries are in this key:
HKEY_USERS\<your SID>\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

Use the key to share your favorites with other users or copy your favorite registry keys to another computer. To do so, export the Favorites key and import it on the other system. Your favorites should appear in the Favorites menu the next time you start the Registry Editor on that system.

Do you lose the date and time on reboot?
Does this sound familiar? You install Windows 2000 on a system without a hitch, yet when the system boots, you receive an error message that the system's date and time are invalid. Even after you set the correct date and time and reboot, the problem persists. When you set the date and time again and boot a different operating system, the problem goes away.

This trouble may be caused by a BIOS that isn't 100 percent Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)-compliant. Unlike other operating systems, Windows 2000 uses entries in the ACPI BIOS, and invalid entries can cause the behavior described above. Your best option is to obtain a BIOS update that provides full ACPI support, thereby fixing the problem. If the system's manufacturer can't provide a BIOS update, you may be able to get one from Unicore.

If for some reason you can't obtain a BIOS update, reinstall Windows 2000 with a non-ACPI Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL). When Setup displays the message "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration," press [F7] to force Setup to install a non-ACPI HAL or press [F5], which enables you to select a HAL during installation.

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