Windows 95 OEM number

Posted on 1998-01-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
I'm trying to re-install Windows 95.  Since I can't access my hard drive right now I'm going to re-install via the Windows 95 CD Rom. Since my Windows 95 booklet is missing I'm trying to find the serial number that needed when you install Windows 95.  Is is possible to find the current number on my hard drive via Dos or some other way?
Question by:Smitty103097
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ID: 1705614

    Smitty, you're changing the variables faster than we can answer the questions.  You are installing Win95 now?  I do know OEM numbers, but it probably would be illegal or something for me to post one to you.  Have you been able to get into your windows directory yet.  If so, try this.  You are at C:\WINDOWS.

   wait..... ..... .... ... ... ... ...

   wait... ... ..

  Search for PRODUCTID.  Keep searching until you see a Windows95 OEM number.  This will be your existing number.  Write it down and exit the editor.


Accepted Solution

adamgg earned 50 total points
ID: 1705615
If you can't get into windows use a text editor to open the system.dat file in your windows directory; do a search for OEM.

Something like 15096-OEM-11111-11111 should be found (it may take a couple of searches) if you can't find it E-Mail me your system.dat file and I will find it for you.

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Expert Comment

ID: 1705616
Smitty, there's an easier way to accomplish this than mailing your DAT files or using a text editor. Kindly reject the proposed answer and I'll post the "how to" for you. 30 seconds later you'll be good to go!

Author Comment

ID: 1705617
I already used Nebworth's advice and it worked fine.  If there is an easier way please post it and I'll take note of it for next time.  Once again you guys are terrific.  Thanks much!

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ID: 1705618
  I guess I should have clicked ANSWER, huh?

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