How to retrive Windows 95 CD key

My PC won't start. System.ini has gone bad. I tried all backup thingys, but couldn't get it going. I guess I have to reinstall Win95. But I couldn't find the original CD-key number, so I can't carry on. I know that is file which contains the key for CD, but can't remember the file name. I wonder if someone could kindly lend me hand on this. Much appreciated in advance.
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  1. all 1's will work

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  2. It won't work. I need to retrieve the orignal OEM serail number. Otherwise I can't reinstall Win95
  3. have you tried all 1's to verify it won't work? I installed 95 hundreds of times and never had a problem using all 1's

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  4. If there's any chance of starting your windows in safe mode you will be in luck as windows 95 displays its key in the "general systems properties tab" other windows versions do not however. Just right click on the "my computer" icon on the desktop select properties and there you are!
  5. Bronibbear
    I can't start the Windows at tall. System.ini is totally corrupted.

    Jlanka

    I need CD-key that matches the original, because I can't reinstall win95 from scratch. It will wipe off all the old files.
  6. install it on another disk, then grab what you need off the old disk. About all you can do at this point.

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  7. oh wait, 95 is FAT16. You could theoretically boot off floppy and grab your important files that way too.

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  8. The only other way to save windows as you have it setup would be to obtain a copy of a windows 98 upgrade disk. By upgrading to 98 you not only save everything as you have it now but end up with a much more reliable operating system as a bonus! I wouldn't try windows XP as although it is the best of all the windows versions you'll need a fairly powerful computer a lot of ram and hard disk space which I doubt you have seeing you were only running win95.
  9. bronibbear Thanks for the advice. I thought I need to get into the windows in order to upgrade to win98?
  10. No you can upgrade to Win98 using a Win98 boot floppy. But anyway, I think I have a solution. Delete win.com and try installing again. I believe it's win.com, maybe it was win.ini, but I'm pretty certain win.com. Deleting this will delete your old key.

    Then you can reinstall Win95 from the CD, when it ask if you want to install to a different directory like Widows.000, change it back to Windows. It should do the install just like a new install, only without deleting the other directories.

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  11. Oh, and on the new install, try 12395-0123456-12345.

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  12. or (as I said before) all 1's (just to prove a point) :wink:

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
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