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Windows 98SE CD Key
« on: June 28, 2009, 02:19:03 PM »
I'm trying to install my Windows 98SE but my CD key has been lost. Is there a way to find out what my CD key was? A program or something? Without the key i can't install it.

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    Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
    « Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 02:35:34 PM »
    yes; download a program called product key explorer; if your copy of SE is legal and has been registered with microsoft, it should detect it.

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    Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
    « Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 02:59:38 PM »
    It hasn't been registered with MS. I never register any software i buy.

    Anything else i could do to get my key back?

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    Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
    « Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 03:02:59 PM »
    Why was it removed in the first place?

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    Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
    « Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 03:06:00 PM »
    Why was it removed in the first place?
    was what removed?

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      Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
      « Reply #5 on: June 28, 2009, 03:18:16 PM »
      normally the only software you should register is Windows. Thats the only software i register; a reason why would be a situation like this. here's what i would do;
         Launch REGEDIT by selecting Start/Run, typing REGEDIT in the text box and pressing Enter.
      To find the Windows CD Key:  find Windows, click the "current version" with the + sign, don't click the +sign, click on the words "current version".  The product ID and the product key will appear.  It's all the numbers and letters that you see. 

              Highlight,  Press Control C to copy the CD key to the clipboard, then paste it someplace where you can reuse it. Some experts advise compiling all your keys to a text document, then printing it out for safekeeping.   


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      Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
      « Reply #6 on: June 28, 2009, 03:26:49 PM »
      err... what does this have to do with "registering" windows...
      I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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      Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
      « Reply #7 on: June 28, 2009, 03:31:20 PM »
         Launch REGEDIT by selecting Start/Run, typing REGEDIT in the text box and pressing Enter.
      To find the Windows CD Key:  find Windows, click the "current version" with the + sign, don't click the +sign, click on the words "current version".  The product ID and
      I don't have 98 installed, that's my problem!
      I get through setup until where it needs a key, but my paper with the key printed on it is gone. I need to know how to recover my key without 98 installed.

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      Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
      « Reply #8 on: June 28, 2009, 03:35:19 PM »
      I don't think you can.

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      Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
      « Reply #9 on: June 28, 2009, 03:41:46 PM »
       :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(
       I'm doomed then!!!

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      Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
      « Reply #10 on: June 28, 2009, 03:46:44 PM »
      don't worry, their could be someone on this site that does know, but unless it is on your computer or you can find it, I don't think you can.

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        Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
        « Reply #11 on: June 28, 2009, 03:59:10 PM »
        Why are you installing 98 in the first place?
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        Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
        « Reply #12 on: June 28, 2009, 04:04:10 PM »
        I don't have 98 installed, that's my problem!
        I get through setup until where it needs a key, but my paper with the key printed on it is gone. I need to know how to recover my key without 98 installed.

        without 98 installed you cannot recover the product key simply because there is nothing to recover. What will you recover it from? All 98 CDs are the same- they don't use unique product keys.
        I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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        Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
        « Reply #13 on: June 28, 2009, 04:32:52 PM »
        without 98 installed you cannot recover the product key simply because there is nothing to recover. What will you recover it from? All 98 CDs are the same- they don't use unique product keys.
        So then any other 98SE key will work?

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        Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
        « Reply #14 on: June 28, 2009, 04:35:55 PM »
        So then any other 98SE key will work?

        yep.
        I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.