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Windows 98/ME tweak guide
Last Updated on October 04, 2000 by Thomas McGuire - Page 3/7

Advanced System Restore settings

While it is possible to Uninstall Pc Health/System Restore a more user friendly alternative is to simply disable System Restore & change the backup folder instead, rather than using the default C:\_RESTORE directory.

To Disable System Restore use the following procedure. Right click on My Computer, select Properties. Select the Performance tab then the File System button. Select the Troubleshooting tab. Tick, Disable System Restore. Click Ok & restart your system for the changes to take effect. This won’t stop System Restore entirely, although for many users it will disable enough of it.

To change the location of the System Restore folder use the following procedure. Click on Start, Run, type in regedit. Open the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\VxDMon] key.

Edit the following entries directory names as appropriate.

LogDir

TempDir

VxdCfg

VxdDat

E.g. the default directory for VxdCfg is C:\_RESTORE\VxDMon.cfg. Obviously the same directory should be entered for all, with the exception of Logs & TempDir, which you should put into a Log & Temp subdirectory respectively, e.g. C:\WINDOWS\BACKUP\TEMP. Do not delete any file names however, i.e. VxDMon.cfg & VxDMon.dat (Just enter the new directories before them).

If you still really want to totally get rid of PC Health/System Restore use the following procedure. You should note though that this will “break” certain features in Windows Millennium however, such as the Help feature on the Start Menu & System Information (although this could have been related to something else when I tried it, but be warned).

Anyhow, here’s what to do.

1.       Uninstall PC Health. After Disabling (This is just to be safe, although it should work fine even if not disabled) System Restore (shown earlier), click on Start, Run, type in rundll.exe setupx.dll,InstallHinfSection Uninstall 132 %windir%\INF\PCHealth.inf & hit Enter.

2.       Disable Help. Click on Start, Run, type in regedit & hit Enter. Open the following key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]. Add a New Binary Value entitled NoSMHelp. Give it a value of 01 00 00 00, as shown below.

3.       Disable the creation of the System Restore directory (_RESTORE by default), despite uninstalling System Restore/PC Health Windows will still insist on installing the Backup directories. To disable, or rather trick Windows Millennium Edition into skipping creating this simply download this file & follow the enclosed instructions.

Hopefully by now you will have customized System Restores features to your liking or just removed it altogether.

Add MS-DOS mode back to Windows Millennium Edition

Seeing as Windows Millennium Edition will be the last version of Windows based on the 9x kernel & future version will be based on the NT kernel, which is a real 32-bit Operating System (64-bit soon enough but that’s another matter), DOS mode will be killed off.

As a result DOS features are limited (e.g. cannot Restart in MS-DOS mode) or removed altogether in some sort of subtle attempt to make users to get over DOS.

If you still want to get MS-DOS mode back into Windows Millennium Edition you can find out how to get it back here. That said, you would be infinitely better off just sticking with Windows 98 Second Edition if you want full MS-DOS features.

 


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