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#1 baffledagin

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 10:29 PM

I crashed thisold IBMAptiva I have with originalWin98, andforgot I needed the code - clean and throw fiends in the family tossed the computer book with the code on it, nothing on the restore disk that looks like it, or do I have that wrong? Is there a source for the accursed to recover this thing without replacing the hard drive, buying a new OS - basically junking it and starting over? Inquiring minds wanna know!

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:00 PM

You can try several things. 1) Will the system come up at all ? If so do the following...
>START
>RUN
>REGEDIT
>HKey_local_Machine
>software
>Microsoft
>windows
>current version (On this do not expand just click on the folder)
scroll down to "Product Key"

2) If just the OS is damaged take the drive out and put it in another computer to retrieve the Product Key .

3) Here is where you panic . Go to EBay and hope you can find a cheap copy of 98 sorry .


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Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:01 PM

Will it run at all? It's a bit difficult to find the key if you can't start it.

What are the symptoms? Can you start the computer in DOS and revert to an earlier copy of the registry? Do you have a boot disk?

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:28 PM

If he can boot to safe mode it will only take 30 sec. to get to the Key . He said it crashed but I was hoping for his sake he could boot up one more time .


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Posted 17 March 2005 - 11:27 AM

If you can boot into safe mode just right click My Computer, select Properties and the key is on the General tab.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 11:47 AM

If you can boot into safe mode just right click My Computer, select Properties and the key is on the General tab.

That's not the key, Leurgy.

Get Magical Jellybean Keyfinder to check your key and you'll see they don't match.

The Windows key is in five groups of five characters.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 11:54 AM

Well thats where my key is on this 98 machine. Tried Keyfinder and it came back as not supported.

Also an OEM licence will be in a numbers-OEM-numbers-numbers format.

Edited by Leurgy, 18 March 2005 - 12:25 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 01:03 PM

#####-OEM-#######-##### __ Product ID
# & letter mix-# & letter mix-# & letter mix-# & letter mix-# & letter mix __ Product Key

Everest Home Edition will give you both, and a whole lot more.
Product ID, and KEY are under Operating System / Operating System
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Posted 18 March 2005 - 01:26 PM

With all do respect . I think the path I laid out is simple and proable by the time you install the program you would be to the key and the rest of the MS INFO about windows . To each his own .

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