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Thread: Win 98 Product Key




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    Got an Acer Aspire from a relative & thought I'd fix it up for may son. It's Model 7111, problem id that I didn't get the ID for when I'm reloading windows. Called Acer and they suggested, short of buying a new O.S. to get a number from someone else. All the numbers I've tried don't work including 1,2,3,4, etc; 0000etc; 11111etc; 0101010etc.

    Acer said they put a sticker on the Win98 manual with the key and have since decided that was a bad idea and are now putting it on the machine.

    Can anyone help, anyone out there with a similar Acer?

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    Ya better go and see that relative again and hope they still have it or you'll have to go and buy another os disk. :smokin:

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmyers6
    Acer said they put a sticker on the Win98 manual with the key and have since decided that was a bad idea and are now putting it on the machine.
    HAHA Acer likes to believe its their idea of putting the stickers on the machines, its actually microsoft who forced all OEMs to put the stickers on the machines.

    as for the key, if they didnt supply the disc and key with the computer than legally yer sposed to buy yer own copy.
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    Just thought I'd stick my head in here and say please don't provide illegal keys in the forum guys - it can get the site into a lot of trouble :(

    And yes, it is Microsoft's idea to put the CD Key on the case, this is designed to tie the Windows licence to a particular box
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    but a heat gun and a razor blade gets the sticker off pretty easily :D
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    Provided you haven't formatted the HDD the product key is located in the registry.
    Of course I assume you have the CD that was used to install the OS currently on the laptop:?:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion
    Value Name = Product Key
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. C
    Of course I assume you have the CD that was used to install the OS currently on the laptop:?:

    Charles, did you know that Microsoft only makes one version of a product? For example, Office XP Professional Retail, Office XP Professional Upgrade, Office XP Professional O.E.M. and Office XP Corporate are the same CD!!! It's the product key (and the silkscreened writing on the CD) that make the difference; for instance if you have an upgrade CD and use a full version serial, you don't have to validate the upgrade. :)
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    Is that still applicable? I know it happened with older versions of Office and Windows.. but is it the same with the new?

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    Well I've seen it done with Windows XP, so it must still be current :)
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    Right Albinus!
    But doesn't the Product Key need to match the key contained on the individual CD you are installing from?

    In other words, if the Key which resides in davidmyer6's registry doesn't match the one on the CD will it not prevent the installation?

    So if he's not got the same CD, the info in the Registry will be useless.

    Or I could be wrong:confused:

    Evidently I am again:laugh:

    So any valid product key works as long as it is the same flavor of Windows?

    Then the one contained in the registry has to be good info!
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