How to use ScanReg?

May 28, 2007 at 18:56:57
Specs: Windows ME, Pentium 2.8Ghz/512mb
1st I get this Message:

Windows has detected registry/configuration

Use ScanReg to correct this error.

And then it goes to blue screen and shows this error:

While initializing device IFSMGR

The Microsoft Installable File System Manager cannot find the helper driver.
Please ensure that IFSHLP.SYS has been installed. System halted.

I don't know what to do I don't have a Disk Drive, so I can't use a boot disk :(. Someone please help me!!

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May 28, 2007 at 19:17:56

Ok - well, considering that you are running an OS that has no native DOS mode, the lack of a floppy drive can be sorely felt when problems arise

Presumably you have a DOS bootable CD?

If you are able to start in Safe Mode via the F8 menu at system startup, try that, as Scanreg can be employed that way in WinME (unlike Win98)

A Description of Scanreg

You would want to enter into the 'run' field:

scanreg /restore

... and select a recent but known good backup to restore

There may be other issues

If you cannot start in Safe Mode, then you will require a DOS bootable CD, as mentioned - - possibly your ME installation disc will work

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June 2, 2007 at 16:19:40
.. poster doesn't appear to be too Anxious.
Or was this a test?


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June 13, 2007 at 21:39:28
Sorry took so long to respond, got caught up in other things i have not had time to come back to this site.

Umm, so I feel totally hopeless, I can't get into DOS or Safemode and I tried to go in the BIOS and tell it to boot from the CD drive which had my Windows installation CD in it but it didn't seem to do anything.

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June 14, 2007 at 08:33:11
What happens when you tap F8, do you get as far as the start menu list?

There is often an alternative key you can use for BIOS to change the boot order for "one time only". Otherwise you will need to permanently change the order to CD first.

Often registry errors get reported when the problem is really faulty RAM. It could be worth cleaning the RAM edge connectors with a pencil eraser because even slight tarnish can sometimes cause RAM to play up. If that doesn't help try one stick at a time in first position (assuming it has more than one) which will pinpoint a faulty stick.

There are free memory testers you can download on another machine but these are usually run from a floppy.


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June 22, 2007 at 17:05:55
It goes to the start menu list when I press the F8 key and thats it, i'll try to clean the RAM and see what happens. Thanks.

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