>>> and is likely too large for a successful /fix /opt using scanreg unless
>>> are removed [hence the need to clean the registry first]".
>>> urrently, my USER.DAT is 1.57 MB. SYSTEM.DAT is 10.1 MB.
>>> BC's step-by-step suggestions:
>>> I would make another backup of the existing system files before
reusing>>>> an older backup.>>>> Once you've cleaned up things with CCleaner as best you can, you can use
a>>>> Microsoft trick to mildly optimize the registry:>>>> a) Restart in DOS mode (the prompt doesn't matter)>>>> b) Enter: smartdrv (optional, for speed)>>>> c) Then enter: scanreg /fix /opt>>>> This will rebuild your registry files.>>>>>>>> ***MEB, BC....this is what transpired:>>>> followed the steps, as suggested, but the command scanreg /fix /opt>>>> stopped at 89%, before it was interrupted by this error: oWindows found
>> error in your System files and was unable to fix the problem. Try
>> some files to free up disk space on your Window Drive. If that doesn>>
>> work, then you will need to install Windows to a new Directory>>?
> That's a poorly written error message -- wha> is
> actually the case is that your registry, System>dat
> to be precise, is currently too large for Scanre> to
> fix and rebuild>it>
> The only way to fix this, aside from just fre>hly
> reinstalling everything on your PC from scra>ch,
> including the OS, is to reduce the size of>the
> registry enough so that Scanreg won't chok> on
> it. As another poster has noted, Microsoft Of>ice
> is notorious for adding an insane amount of ent>ies
> to the regis>ry>
> If you've already installed your Office 2K Pro, unins>all
> it, run CCleaner, and then see if you run Sca>reg
> /opt /fix. If that works, then reinstall Office 2K.
That advice sounds pretty risky to me (in fact, running ANY of the registry
cleaners, and expecting the system to work properly afterwards, is, (IMO),
over the edge). (BTDT).
The *clean install* is the way to go - if he is obsessed over thi>.
> If this doesn't work or you hadn't yet installed Of>ice
> 2K, you can try using a more aggressive regi>try
> cleaner, but be sure to make a backup of>the
> registry before doing this. I've heard that RegSe>ker
> is the best of the "aggressive" free registry clean>rs,
> but I can't personally vouch for it. I also heard>you
> may have to run it a few times for a more thor>ugh
> cleaning. Here is a link to>it:
> Then again, if your PC is otherwise working>OK,
> it may not be worth worrying about having a >uge
> registry filled with garbage entries -- it ma> be
> aethetically bothersome, but if you don't really>see
> while using your PC, wel>..>