Windows® 98 Registry Files
Windows® 98 registry files
Registry is one of the most important parts in a computer as it contains a huge database virtually. Registry works at the time of booting of a computer. Registry problems might be occurred by every type of errors in a computer. As we know, registry controls a huge portion of Windows®, so, we should be very cautious at the time of working with registry. If we make a mistake in registry then the operating system and the software installed in it might be destroyed.
- What is Registry in Windows® 98?
- Keys in Registry
- User.dat, System.dat and Policy.pol
What is Registry in Windows® 98?
Windows® 98 Registry is nothing but a huge database which stores the configuration settings of the operating system as well as options of the same. It also keeps the settings of low level components of the operating system and the applications running on the Windows® 98 platform. There are various portions in the operating system that use the registry like device drivers, user interface, kernel, services, etc.
Keys in Registry
There are some root keys in registry of Windows® 98. The main six root keys are HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS, HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG and HKEY_DYN_DATA. We can compare the registry keys to the folders in the computer. Registry values are data pairs or names stored inside the keys. Values are separate from the keys. The registry values are manipulated by Windows API functions.
User.dat is very important for Windows® 98. A lot of data sets of the computer hard drive are stored inside the registry. At the time of booting Windows® 98, the appropriate information which is required for starting Windows® 98 is copied from the files and is stored into the memory to serve as the registry. User.dat is nothing but a file which contains the registry data. It keeps the configuration data which is applicable for the present user of a particular computer. When the computer starts then the User.dat is loaded according to username used by the computer. System.dat is another important thing for Windows® 98. It is located inside the C:Windows. The file size in case of Windows® 98 is around 40,000 bytes. Information on the maker of this file is not available in it. It is not visible in any kind of windows. It may be located in the C: drive but it is not part of any kind of Windows folder. The program is important in case of sending or opening ports to LAN or ETHERNET. So, the technical security is 90% dangerous. Policy.pol is an important part of registry. In case of Windows® 98 the administrators are able to use an individual file which is needed to be merged into the registry. It is called Policy.pol. It restricts the non authorized users from changing the registry files of a particular computer, security of internet explorer etc. It is basically used in computers which are mainly used for business purposes.