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product key from the registry

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Anonymous
January 6, 2002 8:55:51 PM

Help I am reinstalling windows Me. I cant find my manual with the product key on it!! I have another computer also with Me on. So can anyone tell me if i can get the product key from the registry and if so where to look as I have looked using regedit and its a scary place!!!
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January 7, 2002 3:12:20 PM

Here is one way ...

Install this <A HREF="http://www.windows-help.net/ttw/index.html" target="_new">program</A> on the second computer that has the the working copy of WinME. Afterwards, under the Information tab, you should be able to see the Product Key.

It's either this, or you'll need to start the computer with a boot floppy, go to DOS, and do some editing to the System.dat file, which is even more "fun" than working in the Registry!

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Anonymous
January 8, 2002 11:49:10 AM

I will download asap! nice one, if this works a medal is in the post!!
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January 11, 2002 7:53:00 AM

hkey_local_machine/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion

is where the product key is on 98/me


Next time you wave - use all your fingers
January 11, 2002 8:31:35 PM

Not exactly, CALV. That's a common fallacy. That's the Product ID number, not the Product Key.

There <i>is</i> a way to generate the Product Key number <i>from</i> the Product ID, but it has to be done from DOS and is fairly complicated, and so I thought providing a small program was a better solution to the problem, considering the experience of the user.

See ya ...

Toey

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January 12, 2002 10:16:07 AM

I dont know about ME but in win98 the product key is just underneath the product ID in the previously mentioned registry string.

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January 12, 2002 2:02:29 PM

You're both right ... my bad. I fired up a system with Win98SE, and there it was. I stand corrected. I must have Win2K on the brain.

Thanks ...

Toejam31

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