When System Agent loses its mind

One handy way to use the Microsoft Plus pack's System Agent scheduling tool is to have it periodically run disk maintenance programs such as ScanDisk and Disk Defragmenter (both come with Windows 95). The dialogue box options within System Agent and these utilities let you set up the programs to run without further intervention by you. Unfortunately, System Agent sometimes ignores your chosen options, in which case your disk utilities will ask you for information anyway. What's going on?

Chances are you have corrupt System Agent entries in the Windows 95 Registry, that arcane storehouse of Windows configuration information. The easiest way to fix this problem is to reinstall System Agent. But doing so will destroy all your scheduled tasks, unless you first perform these five steps:

1. Turn off System Agent: Choose Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Agent. In the System Agent window, select Advanced-Stop Using System Agent; then click Yes to confirm you're turning it off.

2. Rename the sage.dat file (which stores all your scheduled tasks) sage.bak.

3. Reinstall System Agent from your original Microsoft Plus CD-ROM. Once it's installed, turn it off again, as in step one.

4. Delete the new sage.dat file created by Plus's setup, and change the name of sage.bak back to sage.dat.

5. Restart System Agent by clicking Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Agent.

To make sure that each of your scheduled tasks has been preserved, select a task and choose Program-Properties to double-check its settings.

Windows 98 has a similar utility called Scheduled Tasks. This utility seems not to have the same problems that plague System Agent - but only time will tell.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Scott Dunn

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?