Windows 98 invalid Product Key

Microsoft Windows 98 se (full product)
February 6, 2010 at 22:24:53
Specs: Windows 98, 512
I used a product key to load win98 before and now it is saying Invalid Key. Is the product key limited to the amount of time it can be used? I do not know if BIOS is the right category. My system is Window 98 Pc is Compaq Armada 7400.

Any knowledgeable person would be appreciated.

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#1
February 6, 2010 at 22:47:35
Hello again. Wasn't that one of the problems you were having before?

No, there's no time limit or number of uses for a product key. OEM and retail keys are different but other than that any 98 key works with any 98 cd. So are you sure you used that key previously with that same cd?

The only time I had that problem (and knew the key was right) was when the hard drive failed during installation. Apparently the formula to check the key I entered was supposed to be written to the hard drive. Then when I entered the key it couldn't find the formula and gave me a wrong key error.

Maybe it could also happen if the hard drive had some bad spots or the ram was bad.

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#2
February 6, 2010 at 23:28:20
Hi again. No that was not the problem. I loaned the computer to a friend and got it back unable to get on the net. But that is not my concern right now.

I re-installed and used the Product Key to see if I could re-install it in Window to recover all my data after checking the data on the hard drive was there. I installed it the forst time but the second time it tells me the Product Key code is invalid.


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#3
February 7, 2010 at 00:10:16
If you're using the same 98 cd as you did previously then the same key should work. Make sure you're entering it correctly.. That is, be careful of mixing B's and 8's and other similar-looking letters and numbers.

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#4
February 7, 2010 at 07:32:26
I did it several times and made certain it was correct and got the same message "Invalid Product Key". I did it a few minutes earlier and remembered the numbers and letters. What got me into this situation is when I tried to fix it to get on the Net and when I could not do it decided to re-install. Did the re-install and everything was fine. But if you can remember we were trying to program it to open from "windows" directory so I can have access to Excell data. When I did that it frooze at the start up window after the re-install. Any way I had an OEM Win98SE and tried that and thankful it wokred without a produck key but now I am back to that downsize window that I had called mini screen. And again need to get back the data. Need to get help for the screen and then if we can now get it to open from "Windows" directory.


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#5
February 7, 2010 at 15:12:43
I would think you probably need to install the drivers from the compaq site. I linked there in the previous thread but don't have it offhand. You can check in device manager to see if there's any hardware problems or drivers that need to be installed.

I thought you took it to a shop and they reinstalled windows for you.

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#6
February 7, 2010 at 16:07:18
I do not know if they re-installed windows. What I got is the normal window and could access the programs. The only thing I did not get was Excell data. This new problem is from trying to re-install to the "windows" directory. I do not think it was re-installed to the windows diectory peviously.

The problem is not with the desktop but with the laptop. I tried to use hubs but the laptop does not recognize the hubs I tried. I maybe could install the drives if it (the laptop) had access to the net.

I had looked previously before for a device manager in the laptop but none exist. However I had not thought of it because it was not needed before now.


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#7
February 7, 2010 at 17:37:17
If you get to the desktop just right click on 'my computer' open 'properties' and then 'device manager'.

If you can't download with the laptop then do it on another computer and copy it to the laptop. Then run it from there.

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#8
February 7, 2010 at 19:09:26
What would I need to look for on the net, USB driver or drivers.

I did go to My Computer yesterdays and to Device Manager. I had a hub plugged in the laptop wiht a USB flash drive in the hub. Results was "The best driver found is already installed". I then removed the hub and plugged in the USB flash drive the results was "windows was unable to locate a driver for this device.

Found the driver for the usb flash but the download was too much for the floppy it did not help by downloading it to a flash drive becse the laptop does not recognize it.

How about trying to help me programing it for the net. Then I can download directly to the laptop.


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#9
February 7, 2010 at 22:59:04
What type of device does it have to connect to the internet--modem or network/lan/NIC?

Also, identify your specific model in the link below:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Click the 'plus' sign by the 'laptop and table PCs' and post back your exact model.

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#10
February 8, 2010 at 07:27:28
You took a minor problem & turned it into something major. Why did you reinstall Windows instead of just fixing the internet problem? And why would you lend out your laptop in the 1st place?

When you reinstalled Windows, did you format & do a clean install or did you install "over the top" of the existing windows installation? If you did an "over the top", did you make sure Windows installed into the C:\windows directory? If not, it probably installed into C:\windows.000 which is basically a 2nd installation.

Look in the C:\ directory to see if there's a windows.000 folder.


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#11
February 9, 2010 at 17:36:59
DAVEININCAPS:

Laptop is connect by ethermet adapter internet modem supplied by Time Warner.

Model is not on List but here it is Compaq Armada 7400 6300/T/6400/D/M/1


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#12
February 9, 2010 at 17:44:38
jam:

It is a good friend and lend it because I was going to sell it. Of couse there was ano admittance of incorrect operation.

Not I did not do a clean sweep. There is much more to my problem. DAVEINCAPS got the whole world in his hands.

thanks jam.


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#13
February 9, 2010 at 17:50:52
DAVEINCAPS: Connecting to the internet and downloaded Transend flash drive driver. Do not have the data I need even after reinstalling the programs.

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#14
February 9, 2010 at 18:47:55
When you say you connected to the internet, do you mean on the laptop or another PC?

The download page should be here:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...

I assume you need the 'netflex-3 ethernet drivers' unless you've added a PCMCIA card or have already set it up.

I don't kow about the flash drive. If it's the same one you were trying to set up before I believe I linked to 98 drivers, unless that was someone else on another thread. Hard to remember.

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#15
February 10, 2010 at 15:20:16
OMG! I just realized who you are! You're the guy who had a thread run for well over 200 responses just trying to figure out how to reinstall Win98...LOL!

I'm outta here before this becomes another marathon. I leave you in the capable & extraordinarily patient hands of DAVEINCAPS. Good luck to both of you.

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#16
February 10, 2010 at 23:01:15
jam:

hhahahahaha it is not that bad this time.


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#17
February 10, 2010 at 23:07:37
DAVEINCAPS:
It is only the laptop I am working on. I have no problem wiht the Presario XP.

I downloaded flashdire driver but it does now show the folder it downloaded to.

I have been replacing some data but for excel I will have to buy a MS Word or Office with Excel included. I already seen the Excel files on the hard drive. I got all Quicken data and that program is runnig fine.

I need a program that will allow me to use any usb on this laptop.


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#18
February 10, 2010 at 23:15:54
Daveincaps: PCMCIA card I cannot put in as with a desktop. Do not know how to open a laptop.

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#19
February 10, 2010 at 23:32:15

DAVEINCAPS
Responding to #5. I would not know what drivers would be missing and need to be installed.


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#20
February 10, 2010 at 23:37:28
Next message I will be using the laptop. It is a bit slow and could freeze up and I may return to the Compaq Presario desktop.

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#21
February 10, 2010 at 23:56:17
I downloaded a couple I think would help in managing this laptop.

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#22
February 11, 2010 at 00:26:03
Hardware which is not properly installed will show a yellow ? or ! by the item in device manager. That's how you tell what drivers you need.

If you can't find a file you downloaded then go to START--FIND--FILES OR FOLDERS and enter the file name in the 'named' line and do a search of the entire drive.

PCMCIA cards fit in a slot on the side of the laptop. I just mentioned that possibility because I didn't know what you had setup.

Don't download a bunch of junk unless you know you need it. Installing stuff you don't need is a surefire way of slowing down a PC.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#23
February 12, 2010 at 20:00:19
DAVEINCAPS, yes I have been doing that for files I cannot find.

I use Hawking 10/100 ethernet device that uses the telephone type connection.

Yes I know it will slow down the computer.

Thanks


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#24
February 12, 2010 at 20:15:57
Everything is fine so far. I will delete this forum when I am sure I have no more issues. Thanks again

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#25
February 12, 2010 at 20:49:05
You're welcome. So you got the drivers installed OK?

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