7zip and SQL Server 2000


Though this post is not well suited for this forum, I ask because I
have come to love this forum and the help that is offered here-very
cool :o)

I have used 7-zip utility for backing up purposes in Windows Server
2003.  I used 7-zip to archieve system folders and files and I can
restore it by unzipping the zipped image in the event of system
corruption.  Everything worked well except when I encountered SQL
Server 2000.  When I restore folders and files, the SQL service fails
to start because it is unable to find the path to the service

A KB article (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240240/),titled
"Programs Do Not Work After Restoring Computer with Backup", says to
reinstall the software that fails to start.  This is by design
according to the article.  This is painful.  So instead of
reinstalling SQL software, a simple registery entry modification fixed
the issue.


Original Data: C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\MSSQL\binn\sqlservr.exe
Modified Data: C:\program files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\Binn

>From my understanding, Windows should be able to work equally well
with long file names/paths and 8.3 legacy file names.  What is
possibily causing this issue?  From Windows perspective, "PROGRA~1"
should be same as "program files". Windows reports after restoring

Failure: StartService - 3
The system cannot find the path specified.

Again, after modifying the registery entry as indicated above fixes
the issue.  Need some pointers in understanding this because
restoration of zipped images maybe effecting other areas as well which
I have not discovered.  Need help.  Thanks

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