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Having solved the case of the missing 'L' drive I have moved the other problem to this post.
I have done an inspection of the Registry and see that there is an entry for Codemasters, under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE. i assume that Codemasters is the key and the items listed under that - the sub-key7 In that sub key are references to files on the 'L' drive - the 'L' drive is now an external drive and the files pointed to in the sub key no longer exist at all. I wish to remove these references so that I can reinstall my program, for, at present, it will not allow me to do this. Question is - is it safe to remove the item Codemasters (and so the sub key) from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE?
In a worse case scenario where I delete Toca on my main machine and I cannot get into windows at all - how would I restore the Registry Backup.
When you make a system restore point does that automatically backup you registry?
When you backup the registry I assume that you give the file an obvious filename and place it in the 'C' drive.
I have an old computer with the 98SE OS, and it is my intention to have a giddle with that first. So, tomorrow, I will do the experimenting on that first. I have one of Toca programs on that and I will try deleting that and see what happens. The OS can easily be reinstalled on this should anything go amiss.
should be fiddle! 8-))
I've just tried CCleaner - it found lots of things but not the one I needed - it has, however, backed up the registry.
Les,i would still export a copy of the registry to your desktop and rename this before you tinker with certain entries.
Better to be safe than realllllllllly sorry !!
Do not rely on system restore,especially when editing the registry.
received and understood. I have, in fact, two copies. CCleaner made one, Guided Help made the other. I'm copying them to a flash drive. I'll still do my preliminary testing on the old computer. As yopu can see Skidzy, your warning is being heeded! 8-))
If only i practiced my own advice at times Les..Lol :-))
Best of luck.
I'll post when I have the nerve to start, but what works (or doesn't, as the case may be) on the old computer stands a good chance on the new, albeit different OS's (98 SE and XP) - I suspect that they are not different where the registry is concerned - but I've been wrong before <g>
Well - I've hooked up the old computer, deleted certain programs by simply erasing the folder containing them.
The layout of the 98 registry does vary slightly from that in XP but still able to find the program names listed, albeit under slightly different headings. I found one of the program I had just deleted and, without opening the keys under the one found I deleted it. Rebooted, no bother. I repeated the process with another program. again no bother.
I am about to try this on the computer I am using to get rid of references to Codemasters. If I don't come back then I give my thanks to those who have helped me so far...... 8-)
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