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March 25, 2005 1:02:00 PM

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Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the KEY
attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find KEY on disk,
please advise as to where to locate the KEY information on the 98 Disk for
re-installation.
Mike
Anonymous
March 25, 2005 1:09:07 PM

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You can't. What Make/Model is the computer? Is the disk a retail or
generic OEM disk (branded with Microsoft logos, holographic looking,) or
is it a proprietary installation disk for the computer manufacturer?

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP Shell/User
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/cleanboot.htm
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/security.htm

"Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the
KEY
> attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find KEY on
disk,
> please advise as to where to locate the KEY information on the 98 Disk
for
> re-installation.
> Mike
Anonymous
March 25, 2005 1:10:31 PM

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PS--If all that's happened to that system is a format, you can use an
unformat utility or other data recovery software to restore the previous
system in order to read the required Product Key from the Registry.

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP Shell/User
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/cleanboot.htm
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/security.htm

"Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the
KEY
> attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find KEY on
disk,
> please advise as to where to locate the KEY information on the 98 Disk
for
> re-installation.
> Mike
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Anonymous
March 25, 2005 3:25:29 PM

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The W98 ProductKey is generally found on the Windows user manual, the
certificate of authenticity, a sticker on the PC or a sticker on the sleeve
or jewel case the Windows CD came in. The 25-digit key is 5 groups of 5
alpha/numeric characters. The Key might be available from the system:

If the system is working in either safe or normal mode:

Open regedit.exe to this key and look in the right pane for the entry
ProductKey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

If the system is not working, start the computer with a floppy startup disk.

At the A: prompt, type: C:\Windows\Command\Find /N "ProductKey"
C:\Windows\System.dat
(Note: ProductKey must be typed in upper and lower case letters as shown
and there is a space after: "Find" after: "/N" and after:
"ProductKey"

If the hard drive has been formatted or replaced, US customers can contact
Microsoft at: 1 800 642-7676. They will issue retail and OEM product keys
after verifying data located on the W98 CD.

I suggest writing the ProductKey on the CD with a Sharpie marker.


--
Regards

Ron Badour, MS MVP Windows 98
Tips: http://home.satx.rr.com/badour
Knowledge Base Info:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo

"Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D D7404FD-764F-4056-B4EB-9461FA8F7776@microsoft.com...
> Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the KEY
> attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find KEY on
> disk,
> please advise as to where to locate the KEY information on the 98 Disk for
> re-installation.
> Mike
Anonymous
March 25, 2005 3:25:30 PM

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Thanks Ron, Your a time saver, Thanks from your 101 help. I knew this!
"Ron Badour" wrote:

> The W98 ProductKey is generally found on the Windows user manual, the
> certificate of authenticity, a sticker on the PC or a sticker on the sleeve
> or jewel case the Windows CD came in. The 25-digit key is 5 groups of 5
> alpha/numeric characters. The Key might be available from the system:
>
> If the system is working in either safe or normal mode:
>
> Open regedit.exe to this key and look in the right pane for the entry
> ProductKey:
>
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
>
> If the system is not working, start the computer with a floppy startup disk.
>
> At the A: prompt, type: C:\Windows\Command\Find /N "ProductKey"
> C:\Windows\System.dat
> (Note: ProductKey must be typed in upper and lower case letters as shown
> and there is a space after: "Find" after: "/N" and after:
> "ProductKey"
>
> If the hard drive has been formatted or replaced, US customers can contact
> Microsoft at: 1 800 642-7676. They will issue retail and OEM product keys
> after verifying data located on the W98 CD.
>
> I suggest writing the ProductKey on the CD with a Sharpie marker.
>
>
> --
> Regards
>
> Ron Badour, MS MVP Windows 98
> Tips: http://home.satx.rr.com/badour
> Knowledge Base Info:
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo
>
> "Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D D7404FD-764F-4056-B4EB-9461FA8F7776@microsoft.com...
> > Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the KEY
> > attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find KEY on
> > disk,
> > please advise as to where to locate the KEY information on the 98 Disk for
> > re-installation.
> > Mike
>
>
>
March 25, 2005 7:47:26 PM

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In news:D D7404FD-764F-4056-B4EB-9461FA8F7776@microsoft.com,
Mike <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the
> KEY attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find
> KEY on disk, please advise as to where to locate the KEY information
> on the 98 Disk for re-installation.
> Mike

Can you still get into the OS at all?

Here, try this link:

http://personal-computer-tutor.com/abc2/v15/vic15.htm

Galen
--
Signature changed for a moment of silence.
Rest well Alex and we'll see you on the other side.
Anonymous
March 25, 2005 9:06:51 PM

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"Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the
KEY
> attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find KEY on
disk,
> please advise as to where to locate the KEY information on the 98 Disk
for
> re-installation.
> Mike

Are you referring to the Certificate of Authority Product Key?

Regards,
Emrys Davies.
Anonymous
March 25, 2005 9:06:52 PM

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"Certificate of Authenticity", <s>.

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP Shell/User
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/cleanboot.htm
http://www.grystmill.com/articles/security.htm

"Emrys Davies" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
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>
> "Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D D7404FD-764F-4056-B4EB-9461FA8F7776@microsoft.com...
> > Client has required reformating of HD. The 98 Disk does not have the
> KEY
> > attached to case or on the side of the computer. Can not find KEY
on
> disk,
> > please advise as to where to locate the KEY information on the 98
Disk
> for
> > re-installation.
> > Mike
>
> Are you referring to the Certificate of Authority Product Key?
>
> Regards,
> Emrys Davies.
>
>
Anonymous
March 25, 2005 9:19:10 PM

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"Gary S. Terhune" <grystnews@mvps.org> wrote in message
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> "Certificate of Authenticity", <s>.

Thanks Gary and I read that from my Windows 98 manual with my Specsavers
glasses. Should have put the light on.

Regards,
Emrys Davies.
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