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Windows 98 product key?

April 17, 2009 at 20:48:14
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 2.392 GHz / 1021 MB

Hi, I have an old computer in my basement which I would still like to use. I wiped the hard drive and went to reinstall Windows 98, but it wants a product key that I do not have. Is there any way I can find out the product key from the CD by using my new computer to read the disc or anything similar? Thanks in advance.

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#1
April 17, 2009 at 21:24:12

A Google search found the following suggestion: Check the CD label and
"Look for a number that begins with XO. What you can do is call customer central at microsoft. If you have not called before it should be free once. Tell them your situation. They will ask for that XO number and then issue you a new key."

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#2
April 17, 2009 at 22:11:15

Thanks, but there was another answer online, it was weird, but it worked, all Windows 98 install disks use the same product key number, it worked and installed 0_0 talk about weird, thank you for the help though! The product key was=
VP9VV-VJW7Q-MHY6W-JK47R-M2KGJ
and it seems to work for everyone who owns the disc, each disc is the same 0_0!

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#3
April 18, 2009 at 01:10:43

No, they don't use the same number. As a matter of fact the product key is not contained in the CD. The CD's all use the same formula to check if you've entered a valid key. That way they can make all the disks the same but still assign each user a unique key. (Well, OEM and retail formulas are different so their keys are not interchangeable.)

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#4
April 18, 2009 at 06:54:39

You probably have obtained a boot leg key.

Have you ever installed any version of Windows before? If so, you know you need a product key. If you had bothered to post BEFORE wiping the drive then we could have told you how to retrieve the key from you existing install.


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#5
April 18, 2009 at 07:44:43

Well I don't think the key I would've had would be accurate because the previous install had Windows98SE which may have been different, but the install seemed to have worked.

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#6
April 18, 2009 at 08:19:41

First edition and second edition keys are interchangeable too as long as they're both OEM or both retail.

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#7
April 18, 2009 at 08:50:10

Even though were aren't suppose to discuss bootleg keys on here i don't think Microsoft really cares about Windows 98 bootleg product keys anymore for it considering it's been discontinued since like 2002 now and is very outdated. Not to mention it's getting extrmely harder to find any product support for it anymore.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#8
April 18, 2009 at 09:11:32

I don't want to test Microsoft on that point myself. Or Justin, for that matter. Quite frankly IMHO we don't need posters here that are looking for that kind of help.

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