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File that contains W98 Install Key Code

by jdw / July 1, 2004 12:52 AM PDT

I misplaced my installation Key Code for Windows
98.

Now all I have is the disk and no way to install
it.

I know in the past I had discovered the Key
Code after installation of Windows 98 in a file
on the hard drive. I think it was a .ini file

Can anyone suggest where I might find this?

Thanks.

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Re: File that contains W98 Install Key Code
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 1:06 AM PDT

"To replace a CD Key or Product Key, you must contact Microsoft Product Support Services.

To locate the appropriate phone number for your product, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS
Note When you contact Microsoft Product Support Services for a replacement CD Key, you may have to pay a fee. You must also provide proof of purchase or product registration."

I never found it in some file. It was in the registry and some AIDA32 or such would show it.

It's a very important and costly number to lose. Just like losing your car keys, it costs you a little so the lesson is ground in that such is best kept in many places and in easy reach.

Bob

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Re: File that contains W98 Install Key Code
by TONI H / July 1, 2004 1:14 AM PDT

It may or may not show up depending on how far into the installation process you can get...

FIND PRODUCT CODE IN DOS:


For W98/ME
FIND /I "PRODUCTKEY" C:\SYSTEM.1ST >C:\KEY.TXT

It's also in the actual registry under HKEY_LOCAL_SYSTEM/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CURRENT VERSION

once you get to the Current Version category, scroll down the right hand side to locate it, but, again, it may not show up unless you can actually boot into windows itself.

ToNI

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Re: File that contains W98 Install Key Code
by jdw / July 1, 2004 10:53 AM PDT

Found it. Ironically 5 minutes after I posted this
message. Thanks for caring to reply.
It seems like total rubicon now. If only I could
just ask and then receive anything like this!
Or if only the UN could too.
Coffee Time Happy

Cheers

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