When was the last time you backed up your registry? With Windows 98 and ME the registry is automatically backed up each time you boot the computer. That is fortunate for if you have registry problems.
You can backup the registry yourself by going to the command prompt and typing scanreg /backup.
To restore the registry from one of these backups you need to restart the computer and hold down the F8 key until the menu appears. Select Restart in MS-DOS mode from the menu to take you to a command prompt. Now you can type in scanreg /restore. You can now choose which backup of the registry that you wish to restore.
The scanreg command has one more switch that may be useful. The /fix switch can be used to try to fix errors in the current registry.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.