Windows 98 Recover.txt File

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This article contains a copy of the information in the Recover.txt file included with Windows 98. This file is located in the Tools\Sysrec folder on the Windows 98 CD-ROM.

      Microsoft Windows 98 README for              System Recovery                March 1998				
(c) Copyright Microsoft Corporation, 1998

This document provides complementary or late-breaking information to supplement the Microsoft Windows 98 documentation.

How to Use This Document

To view Recover.txt on screen in Notepad, maximize the Notepad window.

To print Recover.txt, open it in Notepad or another word processor, and then on the File menu, click Print.





The System Recovery program restores your Windows 98 system by using the full backup that you created with Microsoft Backup. To use System Recovery to restore your system, you must have:

- Your Windows 98 CD-ROM

- A backup device connected to your computer

- A full system backup created with Microsoft Backup

To restore Windows 98 on your computer:
  1. Insert your Windows Startup Disk into your floppy disk drive, and then start your computer.
  2. On the Boot menu, choose Start your computer with CD-ROM support.
  3. At the MS-DOS command prompt, type

    (where N is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive)

    and then press ENTER.
  4. At the MS-DOS command prompt, type

    CD tools\sysrec

    and then press ENTER.
  5. At the MS-DOS command prompt, type


    and then press ENTER.
  6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

    This reinstalls Windows 98 on your computer. When Setup is complete, the System Recovery wizard starts.
To use the System Recovery wizard to restore your files:
  1. In the System Recovery wizard, click Next.
  2. Type your name and company, and then click Next.
  3. Click Details.
  4. In the Help window, read the entire Backup Help topic. This explains the entire recovery process.
  5. When you have finished reading the Help topic, click the Close button.
  6. In the System Recovery wizard, click Finish. The Microsoft Backup Welcome screen appears.
IMPORTANT: If you click Cancel, click Yes, and then restart your system. The System Recovery wizard automatically starts.
  1. In the Microsoft Backup dialog box, click Restore backed up files.
  2. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

    IMPORTANT: You should restore hardware settings ONLY if your hardware is the same as when you made the backup.

    The entire backup of the registry is restored, as are all selected local drives.


    If you do not click Restore hardware and system settings to the registry but continue with the operation, your software settings and configuration will be restored along with all selected local drives.

    Restore all your new and changed files (incremental) backups. Begin with the oldest and progress to the most recent incremental backup.


No Access to Backup Device

If you cannot gain access to your backup device while running the System Recovery wizard, it is most likely because the driver for the backup device is not installed.

To install the driver for your backup device:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
  2. Click Device Manager, double-click your backup device, and then click Driver.
  3. Click Update Driver, and then follow the instructions on your screen. When you are prompted for a disk, insert the disk that came with your backup device.

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