98se has the tools for free: press f8 at boot up and if you know what your doing type c:/WINDOWS/"scanreg /restore
" without the quotes: scanreg then a space then /restore enter.
Go back a couple of days
If thats not enough theres system file checker. It's in the start menu under accessories\system tools\ system information then tool menu.
check the subfolders all files and check for changes and deletion and save a log.
Usually if you do this from the start, you will get a corrupt setup.dll for some reason but you get the choice to replace the file and its all good.
So after using the checker for awhile you'll notice changed versions and added files and what was deleted.
Now when your computer is running mint and you want to back it up, use Data Lifeguard Tools 11 for Windows from here : http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?...&pid=999&swid=1
If you croll down a bit you'll see the download it works with ANY drive install the program it will reboot and then unhook the internet and shutdown av and firewall with: http://www.sysintern...ssExplorer.html
and do a drive to drive copy.
If you have a nasty such as a virus, or even if you just don't like the look of things format the drive and grab your back-up and start data lifeguard and repeat the process from the back up.
This program works mint for me and you can burn it and boot from cd to make a good job of it .