I know about stopping the auto-reboot - just didn't find anything interesting that I couldn't get during the memory dump.
Because this system was never certified for XP, I feel that I will always have problems - the bios must be geared to W98 and not for ME/XP.
The question that I have that everyone has avoided was:
Is there an easy method to reformat/install without losing all my settings?
Most of my programs and data are on a separate partition than my system partition, so they are safe. But all their reg info would be lost.
Even COA would change the reg settings, but the registry is gone after a format. To save that and restore it would defeat the purpose of the reinstall.
I have done the format/install before and it always took a week or two to get the programs back - and some don't really want to install again (lots of problems with McAfee VS)
And some of the settings, I have forgotten how I set them up, or where/which .zip worked (it's not always the current one) with this b*stard of a system.
Have you ever read an article about a software patch or tweak and installed it - ran fine and forgot about it? I have. Then I lose the function for the tweak/fix. I started to keep a log of installs, but it sort of went by the wayside (I should know better working with Change Control on the big iron)
There is something called Export Settings - I have never used it, but would that save the program as well as system settings? Would it also transfer the Virus (bad) settings as well.
HP Pavillion 8770c (not certified for XP) Dual boot W98se, and XP-Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 850Mhz, 384M SDRam, nVidia TNT2 Vanta AGP card with 16MB SDRAM
120Gig and 400Gig HD
W98 No FW/AV
XPP AVG FW/AV