Certificate of Authenticity - key

Posted on 2004-11-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
Does anyone know a way to dig into a CD and discover what a key code (Cert of Auth) might be?

I have an original CD of Win 95 and have long since lost the documentation. Is there a way to bypass this in the setup process??

Question by:tomwalshco
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Technically, yes, but I don't think we can answer that here.  However, if you contact microsoft, they should be able to give you a new key.

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    I was told by someone on another forum that Win 95 is no longer supported and MS will not give out a key. Therefore, what's the harm in hacking into the CD and finding the key?  
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    Assisted Solution

    There is no key on the CD. Windows will accept any valid license number.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Did that person work for microsoft?  Did you see credentials?  They don't support it, but I would expect them to handle key issues.
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    Expert Comment

    If you have a computer that was installed with your windows 95 cd, and is still running, you can get the key from the registry, then use it to re-install.

    The cdrom itself does not contain the key anywhere in its data, the key would only be printed on a sticker on the cd case, or on your hologram license that came with it.

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    Windows CDs are all the same, then every valid key works with every CD. Your CD contains just the program, and no key. What Microsoft does is : they make a lot of copies from the same original, generate lots of CD keys and stick one on each manual. Microsoft surely won't give you another key. If you have it installed into any machine (with the key you lost), you will surely be able to recover it, from the system register ('regedit'). After the recovery, you can use this key to install it, but the law allows you to use your key with only one computer at a time, then don't get it from your friend, unless you want to pirate :)

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    as the experts above have stated .... there are ways....

    but, you might want to just go to the horses mouth and see what they will do to fix you up

    If you prefer to use the phone, our Customer Service team is ready Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. (Eastern Time), at (888) 218-5617 (toll-free in the United States).

    give MS a jingle.... they have helped me out several times...

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