Attention: The forums will be placed on read only mode this Saturday (Oct. 20, 2018)

During this outage (6:30 AM to 8 PM PDT) the forums will be placed on read only mode. We apologize for this inconvenience. Click here to read details

Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

how to tell

by username_10billion / April 5, 2005 1:41 AM PDT

I have an old win98 se license sticker which im hoping to make use of on my laptop. I also have a OEM 98se cd which i got hold of seperatly, will these two be compatible with each other? how can one tell whether the license is retail or OEM and thus whether or not its compatible with the cd?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: how to tell
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: how to tell
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Don't ASK! Don't tell.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2005 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: how to tell

Basically you try it and see. Be careful what you ask since we can get singed by the forum policies.

And the hard line is simple. The OEM License agreement forbids you from doing this. But just try it and don't ask for help or reveal that's what you did.


Collapse -
an observation
by Cache22 / April 8, 2005 6:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Don't ASK! Don't tell.

Actually, IMHO your answer goes way over the line, in terms of what the rest of us would be allowed to post here. I've been watching this same nonsense since the ZDnet days and can't believe the inconsistency in what's allowed and what's not. Apparently, it's not what's posted - it's who's posting it.

Collapse -
(NT) (NT) Please report it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2005 12:25 AM PDT
In reply to: an observation
Collapse -
with all due respect...
by Cache22 / April 9, 2005 9:59 AM PDT
In reply to: (NT) Please report it.

A "NT" answer doesn't really address the issue which I raised. There was nothing disrespectful or incorrect about my observation. Can you honestly say the same about your response?

If reporting your post would make a difference, it would have been deleted in the first place. I think that was my point.

Collapse -
(NT) (NT) = No Text. But I didn't see you report this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2005 10:34 AM PDT
Collapse -
A valid observation
by EZRIDER714 / April 9, 2005 1:11 PM PDT
In reply to: an observation

But have never understood why answers like these are such a taboo anyway,pretending the real world does not exist, will not make it go away.For some reason CNET loves to exude the holier than thou attitude

Collapse -
by username_10billion / April 5, 2005 1:54 AM PDT
In reply to: how to tell

thanks for the help,

My lips are sealed....

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!