Misplaced Product Key for Win95

Posted on 2004-11-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
I know in Win98 I can go to regedit and locate the Product Key. I have not been able to do this in Win95. Is there a way of locating the Product Key? I am wanting to crash an older slower system with Win95 and install Win95 on a somewhat faster system with more HD space. The software we run on this older system requires Win95 to recognize the software hard key.
Question by:Rabidbat
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    Expert Comment

    You can right click on my computer and check the properties there for your serial key.

    Author Comment

    Hello Bjorn,
    What you are refering to is the oem number. I need to find the actual 25 character key used when first installing the software. Or possibly an explanation of how I can use this oem number.
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    Accepted Solution

    Here is how to find CD product key from DOS

    For 95:

    C:\Windows\Command\Find /I "ProductId" c:\windows\system.dat

    For 98/Me:

    C:\Windows\Command\Find /I "ProductKey" C:\Windows\System.dat

    The first line of the screen dump will look like this:

    ProductKey XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX where the X's are your actual CD Key.

    Note: This will not work for Windows XP.

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