98/ME tweak guide
Updated on October 04, 2000 by Thomas
McGuire - Page 3/7
System Restore settings
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.
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.
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]
the following entries directory names as appropriate.
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).
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).
here’s what to do.
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.
Help. Click on Start, Run,
type in regedit & hit Enter. Open the following key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer].
a New Binary Value entitled NoSMHelp. Give it a value of 01 00
00 00, as shown
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
& follow the enclosed instructions.
by now you will have customized System Restores features to
your liking or just removed it altogether.
MS-DOS mode back to Windows Millennium Edition
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.
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.
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
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