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Re-installing Win95

Posted on 1998-06-15
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I need to re-install windows 95 (which I have done many, many,
 many times before) but this time I accidently downloaded a
program from the internet and it allowed me to change the serial
number of windows.  

So now when I install windows it keeps saying invalid serial
number when I type in the real serial number and when I type
the fake serial number it say the same "invalid serial number"

How can I get around this stupid problem without typing the
serial number (preffably not usign fdisk either) I have tried
other serial numbers which I have gatherd from the usenets
but have come to no avail.

I have thought about re-downloading the program and
changing the serial number to the original serial number
but I have not found it.

Please Help Me!
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Gerry, try to remove all files *.PWL and registry files (SYSTEM.DAT
and USER.DAT). Then you can try to reinstall Win95.

Feel free to reject answer if it not helped you.
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by:fworlduk
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Gerry,
If you are still in Windows, do the following:

Go to 'Start', 'Run' and then 'Regedit'

Choose the following path -
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE - SOFTWARE - MICROSOFT - WINDOWS - CURRENT VERSION

On the right hand side choose the 'ProductID' by double-click and enter the correct serial number.

save and exit

PS dont forget to back up the registry before doing any alterations
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