[sysconfig1] Registry Backups

  • From: Burt Philp <bphilp@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: Sysconfig1 list <sysconfig1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 23:25:50 -0500

Below is information about changing the default # of Registry backups.
It is only recommended for advanced users as there are some drawbacks to
overcome to make it really advantageous. Anyway for those people who are
wanted to know, [proceed with caution] here goes:

How Windows controls Scanreg is quite simple. It's just a plain text
file called SCANREG.INI which you can easily edit with Notepad. When you
run Scanreg, it first checks in this file to see if you've customized
any of the available parameters such as the maximum number of backup
copies, or where the copies are stored. The standard version of
SCANREG.INI should read something like this:

; Scanreg.ini for making system backups.

;Registry backup is skipped altogether if this is set to 0

;Registry automatic optimization is skipped if this is set to 0

MaxBackupCopies=5 [change this number to 10]

;Backup directory where the cabs are stored is
; <windir>\sysbckup by default. Value below overrides it.
; It must be a full path. ex. c:\tmp\backup

; Additional system files to backup into cab as follows:
; Filenames are separated by ','
; dir code can be:
; 10 : windir (ex. c:\windows)
; 11 : system dir (ex. c:\windows\system)
; 30 : boot dir (ex. c:\)
; 31 : boot host dir (ex. c:\)
;Files=[dir code,]file1,file2,file3
;Files=[dir code,]file1,file2,file3

Make a back up copy of SCANREG.INI and save it in C:\WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP
before you begin your editing session. Once this is done, change the
value for MaxBackupCopies= from 5 to 10 (no more than 14). Save and
close SCANREG.INI. Now you're ready for the next step.
When creating these backups manually it is recommended to use the
comments switch to help identify the backup file.
There are some drawbacks to this change. To overcome this, see PC911:


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