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    Lost Win 98 License Key

    I lost my license key for Windows 98, and of course, now I need to re-install Windows 98 on my (old) PC. Is there some way to obtain a new/replacement license key? Thanks!

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    If you still have Windows 98 running you can use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to retrieve your key.

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    Brilliant!!! I wish I had that tool beforehand so that I could have retrieved the key and put it onto the CD case. Does MS have a way to get a license key in the event of a lost license key?

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by tony55 on 19-Nov-04 00:07. )</P>You can contact MS to explain what has happened and they may give you another product key. Unfortunately contacting MS for technical support is not free for Windows 98, I believe the current rate is $35

    If you have an OEM version of Windows 98 then you would need to contact the supplier instead.

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    Have you checked your computer case? If you have an OEM version the product key is usually on a sticker attached to the case.
    For retail versions it is either attached to the CD case or in the manual.

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    And, assuming Tony's correct about that support price, you may do better by Googling around. I've never done this, so beware and be careful - but I stumbled across this site which "looks" like you can buy a license-only for a decent price, but I don't know that for sure. Please check around.

    "... A product listed as

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    Another handy little utility to have for just such emergencies is Winaudit. Gives a ton of information, including software license keys. <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>, no install, and at 130KB, can be run straight off a floppy. Carry one around in your back pocket! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    That is a GREAT tool, just added it to my system and my "Digital Toolbox"

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    Great idea. I added it also. Where do you keep coming up with all these toys! <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    One thing else you may have to carry around in your back pocket, if you are going to use a floppy, is an external floppy drive since many of the computers do not have one installed! Tools on a CD might work better! Thanks for the link to this one!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    Nice of you to come with yet another tool, Alan, but if the OP doesn't have a working Windows, I wouldn't think it would do him much good. Belarc Advisor will reveal software keys too, but your OS has to be running in order to do it. If you've just got a Windows CD but nothing installed, I would think you're screwed, wouldn't you?

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    The following was a copy and paste from that program, this alone is worth it.
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    System Startup Programs

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    NAME STARTUP COMMAND
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    NvCplDaemon RUNDLL32.EXE C:WINDOWSSystem32NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
    nwiz nwiz.exe /installquiet
    ATIModeChange Ati2mdxx.exe
    ATIPTA C:Program FilesATI TechnologiesATI Control Panelatiptaxx.exe
    ccApp "C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec SharedccApp.exe"
    ezShieldProtector for Px C:WINDOWSSystem32ezSP_Px.exe
    HI-SPEED USB DEVICE Coinstaller PL15Co2K.exe
    HotKeysCmds C:WINDOWSSystem32hkcmd.exe
    IgfxTray C:WINDOWSSystem32igfxtray.exe
    QuickTime Task "C:Program FilesQuickTimeqttask.exe" -atboottime
    SSBkgdUpdate "C:Program FilesCommon FilesScansoft SharedSSBkgdUpdateSSBkgdupdate.exe" -Embedding -boot
    SunJavaUpdateSched C:Program FilesJavaj2re1.4.2_05binjusched.exe
    Symantec NetDriver Monitor C:PROGRA~1SYMNET~1SNDMon.exe
    VAIO Recovery C:WindowsSonysysVAIO RecoveryPartSeal.exe
    Zone Labs Client "C:Program FilesZone LabsZoneAlarmzlclient.exe"
    ZTgServerSwitch "crogram filessupport.comclientbintgcmd.exe" /server
    AGRSMMSG AGRSMMSG.exe
    Acronis

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    I just frequent and contribute to a few sites whose purpose is to scrounge for freeware... in between perusing the local dumpmasters <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. Also some developer sites, where many of the projects are written specifically as freeware.

    But yes, there's an awful lot of good <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware out there. I can never understand people who first ask for a commercial recommendation, then "even shareware" but never get "down" to <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware. In my experience, for smaller programs at least, the same range in standards (robustness, quality, functionality, support, ...) exist for all these software types. But with freeware it's, well... free!

    Alan

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    Since we're all in a good humoured frame of mind Skitterbug <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, I'd venture to assume that you carry a handbag everywhere. You would therefore have ample room for a FDD, alongside the CD/DVD player and the spare monitor you have tucked in there. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    That's quite true Al, you have to have a functioning copy of Windows running; but I did zero in on the word "reinstall" in the OP, so I assumed Windows could at least boot.

    The disadvantage of Belarc is that it has to be installed. I've used Winaudit from a floppy or network share, on LANs, to identify what kind of mess each of the motley collection of workstations is in. I also think that Winaudit has a more readable layout than Belarc, but is probably not as comprehensive.

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    Re: Lost Win 98 License Key

    You've got me figured out - Alan <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> but it is a soft sided briefcase instead of a handbag; the monitor is tucked on the backseat of my car for instant access!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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