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Restore Full System Backup with the System Recovery Wizard

By: Arie Slob

The System Recovery Wizard restores your Windows 98 installation by using a full backup that you previously created with Backup. To be able to use the System Recovery Wizard to restore your Windows 98 installation, you must have a few items available:

  • A Windows 98 Startup disk
  • A CD-ROM drive supported by the Windows 98 Startup disk
  • Your Windows 98 CD-ROM
  • A backup device connected to your computer
  • A full system backup created with MS Backup

You can create a Windows Startup disk from Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs - Startup Disk tab, or use the instructions found on this page, to create a Windows 98 Startup disk with FAT32 support.


To restore Windows 98 on your computer, use the following steps:

  1. Insert your Windows 98 Startup disk into the floppy disk drive, and then start your computer

    Note: you might need to change a setting in your PC's BIOS to boot from the floppy drive, instead of the hard drive. Consult your PC's manual if you need to do this.

  2. When you boot from the windows 98 Startup disk, the Windows 98 Startup menu will be displayed. From the menu, choose Start Computer With CD-ROM Support
  3. At the command prompt, type the following line, pressing the Enter key after each line:

    <CD-ROM>: cd tools\sysrec pcrestor

    where <CD-ROM> is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive

    Note: The Pcrestor.bat batch file starts an automatic version of Windows 98 Setup. After Windows 98 Setup is complete, the System Recovery Wizard is automatically started.

  4. After Windows 98 Setup starts, remove the Startup disk from the floppy disk drive
  5. In the System Recovery Wizard, click Next
  6. Type your name and company name, and then click Next
  7. In the System Recovery Wizard, click Finish. The Microsoft Backup Welcome screen appears
  8. In the Microsoft Backup dialog box, click Restore Backed Up Files, and then click OK
  9. In the Restore Wizard, use the following options when you are prompted:

      Restore From: Select the location where your backup is stored

      Select Backup Sets: Select the most recent full system backup

      What To Restore: Click to select the check box next to each local drive

      Where To Restore: Click Original Locations

      How To Restore: Click Always replace the file on my computer

  10. Click Start to start the restore process

Important: You can use these steps only to restore data to the same hardware on which it was backed up. If your computer hardware has changed since the backup was made, you can use these steps to restore your data, but you will need to reinstall all of your Windows-based software after the process is complete.