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I'M REINSTALLING WINDOWS ON MY SYSTEM BUT I CAN ONLY ACCESS DOS AND I NEED THE OEM NUMBER WHICH I CANT FIND.
I LOST MY DISC.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT OEM NUMBER I USED ON MY SYSTEM?
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Question by:montes
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by:myqlG
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Microsoft will gladly send you a new disc.
I'm not sure you will get much help.  Because
of the prevelance of "warez" versions of software.
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by:demarb
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Go to the windows directory and edit the system.dat file (you won't want to change anything in it) and search for the following string '-oem-' (if you search for oem you will find many). There should only be 1 entry in system.dat that fits that, the windows oem key (will look like xxxxx-oem-xxxxxxx-xxxxx). If you have Win95A or previous, then the oem won't be in the key and I'm not sure what to tell you then.
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by:demarb
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If system.dat is too big to open with edit you can copy it to another machine and use something like wordpad.
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by:montes
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I HATE REJECTING YOUR ANSWER BUT THAT DOESNT HELP ME AT THE MOMENT;
I NEED MY SYSTEM RUNNING BY TOMMORROW.
THANX ANYWAY

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by:rmarotta
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If your Windows setup files are on the hard drive, you won't need the disc.
If not, you'll need a whole lot more than the CD key.
Let me know.
Ralph
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by:demarb
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Ralph, that would be a trick, install without the files. I should have asked the same thing, sometimes I try to answer the question without thinking to much about what's behind the question.

Demar
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by:dankh
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Mont,

  Tell us what you need.    
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by:Tim Holman
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Montes,
  You can't find out the OEM number on your system without phoning up Microsoft (yawn) and doing it that way...
  If you're absolutely positively sure you have a license, then it doesn't legally matter what code you use to get in, but the only proof of ever having a license is the license itself, so if you've lost this then you've got an illegal installation, as you don't have a license for it.

24995-OEM-0004361-59221

  There you go.
  Borrow this one, on the basis that it's absolutely nothing to do with me whatever you do with it is in your own hands as I have a license anyway and in no way am involved in having illegal installations at my site.
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by:rmarotta
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Hmmmmmm,
Would you claim innocence after holding a flashlight for him while montes robs a bank?
I'm just glad there's no gaurantee that the number will work......
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by:demarb
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montes, have you tried my suggestion of searching the system.dat file? I know it looks like a bunch of garbage when you open it (it isn't a text file, but does contain a lot of text). I have tried it on my machine and was able to locate the OEM number I used to install.

We do need some feedback from you in order to help you further.
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by:rmarotta
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Montes,

It IS now tomorrow!

Any comments?
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by:montes
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Demarb you gave me what I was looking for but how do I give you the points?
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by:montes
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Sorry for the wait.
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by:theh95
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In Dos mode, using edit command to open the system.dat file, you can using search option to search the word OEM, it should take you to the OEM section.  Write the OEM number down then you can finish for reinstall you win95.

I have done these few times in the past.  It is a good tricks I had discovered.

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by:theh95
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Sorry Demarb had answer the question, montes please reject my answer, and give demarb the points.

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by:demarb
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montes, you have to reject the answer by  theh95 before I can submit mine as an answer.
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