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ReInstalling Win98 SE

by gregjar / March 29, 2004 12:32 AM PST

My friend has an old dell that he was cleaning up after years of misuse and couldn't get DUN and/or TCPIP functions to work properly (DUN would not find any gateway, though it was contacting the right DNS)

I told him to reinstall windows. He couldn't find his own windows CD so he borrowed someone else's. When rebooting after the install, windows asks for a product key and the 25 characters are ALREADY filled in. It denies this number as invalid and the other person doesn't have their code either. The only option windows offers to cancel and shut down.

I can see a few options:

1. call MS's 800# [800 RU LEGIT]
2. bring over my winME cd with my product# and boot from a floppy to install

would these work? any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance for any help!


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Re:ReInstalling Win98 SE
by Josh K / March 29, 2004 12:36 AM PST
In reply to: ReInstalling Win98 SE

Did you reformat the hard drive before reinstalling Windows or just try to install it over itself? Sounds like you tried to do the latter, when the former is what you need to do.

Letting him install your copy of Windows ME would be illegal.

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Re:Re:ReInstalling Win98 SE
by gregjar / March 29, 2004 12:43 AM PST

yes, he just reinstalled windows over itself. Though the drive was cluttered, there was info that he wanted to keep, so formatting was not an option for him.

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Re:Re:Re:ReInstalling Win98 SE
by Josh K / March 29, 2004 4:30 AM PST

Sounds like your friend isn't backing up his work, which is very risky. Reinstalling Windows over itself is a lot less likely to solve his problems. I recommend he back his stuff up and reformat.

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