Cannot find system restore

Gateway Dx4831-01e mini-tower desktop
April 11, 2010 at 03:45:28
Specs: Windows 98
I'm using Windows 98, looked in the usual place for System Restore. It's not there, and kernel32.dll is really.. really.. really annoying. I'm hoping it'll help. Any ideas of where it may be? I'm using an old school computer, and I know for a fact that System Restore is usually in the same place.. I'm confused.

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April 11, 2010 at 08:05:02
You're confused all right. Win98 doesn't have System Restore & never did. System Restore begin with WinME (& worked like crap) - the general recommendation was to disable it & leave it that way.

Anyhow, to do a "restore", you have to boot off a Win98 boot floppy & run scanreg /restore from the DOS prompt. All it does is rollback the registry so there's guarantee it will fix your problem.

You might wanna try explaining what the problem is (in detail) & maybe one of the forum helpers will be able to come up with a fix.

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April 11, 2010 at 15:14:16
If the machine is useable you can also "Shut down and restart in MS-DOS" then type scanreg /restore from there (without need for floppy).

More often than not software problems are due to registry errors but there are other possibilities too, that scanreg /restore would not be able to fix.

Definitely no "system restore" on W98 but sometimes there is a manufacturers restore disk.

What's the time?

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April 11, 2010 at 15:53:48
If you had a total system melt-down, system restore or restore Registry will not work.

Back when, at installation time the user was prompted to install some sort of a floppy disk. And that is the system Restore. If it is gone you are out of luck. You can make one, but need to have the system operational in all respects then. Best system to restore now is to do a total hard drive wipe off and restart. Your system restore disk will ask for the very original CD-rom disk too then. If you got nothing, then you are not going very far.

I use once OK hard drives that I get for $8 each, they fail months later on, and I pop in another one, then go again until it fails. So have gotten used to the symptoms and reactions.


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April 12, 2010 at 06:51:10
Maybe they mean some sort of Recovery partition? The system specs is Gateway not sure if Gateway had that sort of recovery back then. I google your model and find it as a new system? Are you running 98 on a new system? Check this out.

Just because the OP does not come back in 3 or 4 days to reply, does not mean he will not come back and reply.

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June 20, 2010 at 22:00:58
It is at Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools.

If it is missing, you can put the shortcut there:
At C:\Windows\System32\Restore, find rstrui.exe and create a shortcut. Cut and paste the shortcut to
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\system Tools

Kristain Hayes

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June 21, 2010 at 11:25:24
Kristain Hayes

Nope. W98 is not like XP, there is no inbuilt "System Restore" so the file rstrui.exe does not exist. You are making a rash assumption.

There can sometimes be some form of total restore provided by the computer supplier but the only thing W98 has is "Registery Restore".

This was all pointed out in response #1 if you care to take a peek at it.

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August 9, 2010 at 11:30:29
there was an old program called GoBack (used to be owned by Norton, Adaptec/Roxio and WildFile) that can do things better than ME/XP System Restore and can restore your system to a state when your computer was working fine before problems occured. it was replaced by Norton Ghost.

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