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Windows Product Key Help!!!

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Mike0780, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. Mike0780

    Mike0780 Member

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    well my dad came into my room and turned off my computer.. Two Things happened .. It killed the power in my computer and had a hard time getting it back.. But after I did.. It took me to the The Windows 98 Startup.. Like where you type in the info .. Like the user .. and then press cont. and it asks me for a Product key..:S very confused but anyways. I didn't Install Windows Myself.. I was just wondering If there was anyway to Retreive my Product Key if i cant access my desktop.??? really need help with this..
     
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    if you bought a prebuilt, there should be a sticker on the lower side/back panels or on the bottom of the case that lists the windows key.
     
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    Nope, Its not there theres only a model number and serial code.. Is there a program that will tell me the product code or anything other than a sticker that can help me?
     
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    i dont think so you should probably contact the company that build your pc
     
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    well what if I just go out and buy a new windows.. like the one i have is a 98 and if i were to upgrade to vista.. would there be any problems with that?
     
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    if you were running 98 with no upgrades, you won't be able to run Vista. if you can't find your old key or get a new one, and you can't upgrade or buy a new computer, then Linux is for you.

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    what brand is it? there should be a windows key somewhere, either on a panel (inside or out) or in the paperwork somewhere.
     
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    first off... It was upgraded.. or downgraded.. or something when i first got it it was a 98plus or some dumb thing like that or it could have been second edition.. but anyways.. whats linux?
     
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    it's an alternative operating system with dozens of variants, most of them free.
     
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    so i can just put in the cd and it will act as an operating system?
     
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    well, that's a live version. but that won't install anything on your hard drive and you'll need a cd every time.

    most versions of linux you just install on your hard drive, in place of Windows or other operating systems.

    there's is a whole sub-forum devoted to linux on here, plus thousands of helpful sites on the net. if you're interested in linux, please search and read for a while before asking any more questions, as all the basic stuff has been answered a million times before.
     
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    I just wanna no if there is anyway of getting windows back on my pc its a great computer and i put alot of money into getting it the way i wanted it.. there is no possible way of upgrading to a better windows operating system such as windows 2000 or Me or Xp or anything.. but WINDOWS
     
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    you *should* have a windows 98 key, especially if you downgraded from windows 98se to windows 98. it's just a matter of you finding it, wherever you've placed it.

    if you want windows, tell us your system specs. simply because it's a win98 machine, i can tell you off the bat you should be able to run windows 2000 and could probably run XP, albeit mighty slowly. but again, we need system specs.
     
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    how do u expect me to get those if it wont let me into my desktop?
     
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    well, you should either know them by heart or have the paperwork to state it. do you have any of the original papers from when you bought the pc?
     

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