What is system recovery/Dr.Watson?

Question

I had problems rebooting Windows Me even in Safe Mode. Recently been running Spybot to remove parasites. I have regained access to the PC by using Start-Run-MSCONFIG and one-by-one isolated the Selective Startup.

The problem seems to be "Process System.ini file". When ticked the PC does not boot up properly (it boots into Safe mode with a Sistray Kernel32.DLL eror message). When I click on the System.ini tab there are only three entries - the top one contained garbage, the others are [boot] and [Password Lists].

When I do Start-Run-Sysedit and click on the C:\Windows\System.ini tab, I see what appears to be a good file (very long starting [boot] oemfonts.fon=vgaoem.fon etc and [keyboard] etc)

I have done a scanregw /restore ands scanreg /fix but how do I go about making the Process System.ini file contain the various elements (eg [keyboard] etc) from the system.ini file.

I ought to be able to move back to Normal startup, but don't know the way forward.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer

This question was answered on October 31, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You should consider system recovery:

DR Watson

also use Dr Watson to veiw error logs, file Name Dr Watson.exe; Location \Windows

system recovery ME

file name: pcrestor.bat on the windows ME CD, in \Tools\Sysrec

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 31, 2004