User.dat file troubles using Teatimer

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I am using ‘Teatimer’ as it is part of the ‘Spybot’. It is asking me to change the registry settings. I would like to secure my computer from some users. I am also planning to change the OS to Windows 98 Standard Edition. I have deleted the password of AOL dialup connection and deleted the password of Hotmail login from Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft IE. The ‘Teatimer’ asked to save the changes accidentally I selected ‘NO’.  After the rebooting of the computer it gives me an error message which says that ‘the application has performed an illegal action and it is going to quit. Please contact the vendor.’ The error message comes with a title ‘Explorer’. When I click on the error details, a paragraph of details comes and if you need I can provide the same. I have tried by booting the system in safe mode. But there is no icon in the desktop and it shows the same error message. Is this the problem with the user.dat file? Please help me to get out from this problem, so I can avoid the re-installation of Operating System. I will be thankful in advance for all the help and support.

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User.dat file troubles using Teatimer


Hi Josephine,

The issue you are experiencing right now if I understand it correctly is because you accidentally clicked the "NO" button instead of "Yes". There is a way to resolve this and it is to roll back the changes to its last known good configuration if you are a Windows XP or a Windows 7/ Vista user. Though sad to say microsoft has not  yet developed system restore in Windows 98. 

But here's what I found from my research.

Make sure you have the original copy of the installation disc if you are using Windows ME and follow this guide.

1. Start your computer or restart your computer, press and hold [CTRL] and choose safe mode command prompt only in "Windows 98" if Windows Me insert original disc at startup.

2. At the MS-DOS prompt, type cdwindowscommand and then hit enter.

3. Next is, key in this words scanreg /restore and press enter.

4. Select the registry you want to restore and hit enter. NOTE: a previous working registry has the word "Started" next to it's date.

5. And lastly, when you receive a notification that you have successfully restored a properly working registry just hit enter again to automatically reboot your computer.





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