Solved I have the wrong Instalation disc. It is in the wrong sleave

January 17, 2013 at 08:28:07
Specs: Windows 98SE
The product Key is correct on the sleave. The disc inside the sleave doesn't match the product key. how can I find the product key for the disc? I think it should be impossible as otherwise it would not be a protection.

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January 17, 2013 at 15:29:37
The product key is not written into the disk. The disk has a formula to determine if the key you enter is valid. That way MS could make all the disks the same but still give a different key for each disk. OEM disk seem to have one formula, retail disks another and retail upgrade disks yet a third. So OEM key won't work with retail disks and vice versa.

You say the 'disc inside the sleave doesn't match the product key'. Does that mean you used the disk for an installation but it wouldn't accept the key on the sleeve? Or did someone write the key on the disk and it doesn't match what's on the sleeve?

What do the sleeve and disk look like? Maybe one is retail and the other OEM.

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#1
January 17, 2013 at 09:04:47
The version of Windows on that CD is probably the wrong version for that product key.
You will have to look around your house for the correct CD to go with that key, or the correct sleeve with the correct key on it.


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January 17, 2013 at 09:42:57
W98 is not very fussy about keys. It would be out of order for me to go into detail but Google is a very good search engine.

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#3
January 17, 2013 at 09:56:29
"The disc inside the sleave doesn't match the product key"

What version of Windows is the product key for? Which Windows disc do you have?


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#4
January 17, 2013 at 10:32:49
I ran across this problem years ago with a purchased copy of 98 and again with a purchased copy of 98SE. Both worked fine for the original installs. When reinstalling 98 failed, Microsoft was no help and I don't recall having resolved the issue.

The 98SE reinstall came up with two solutions. One was a phone call to Microsoft support(?) which resulted in a working key. The other, and easiest, was to simply use another key I had access to. That particular key has never failed me.

I've never found a way to extract the "key" from an install disk.

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#5
January 17, 2013 at 11:52:40
On W98SE there are numerous keys that will work with the CD.

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January 17, 2013 at 15:29:37
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The product key is not written into the disk. The disk has a formula to determine if the key you enter is valid. That way MS could make all the disks the same but still give a different key for each disk. OEM disk seem to have one formula, retail disks another and retail upgrade disks yet a third. So OEM key won't work with retail disks and vice versa.

You say the 'disc inside the sleave doesn't match the product key'. Does that mean you used the disk for an installation but it wouldn't accept the key on the sleeve? Or did someone write the key on the disk and it doesn't match what's on the sleeve?

What do the sleeve and disk look like? Maybe one is retail and the other OEM.

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