Win98 Product Key

  Leepy Lee 14:06 14 Dec 2004

Is there a way of finding the product key from the actual 98SE CD?

If not, does anyone know of a universal product key for Win98SE please?


  TomJerry 14:12 14 Dec 2004
  Graham ® 14:28 14 Dec 2004

Belarc Advisor also will tell you.

But if you're trying to instal, there is no 'universal' product key.

  Graham ® 14:29 14 Dec 2004

Should've said, you can't retrieve it from the CD.

  Leepy Lee 15:53 14 Dec 2004

Thanx guys but the hard disc has been changed and I only have the CD so can't recover the product code from the registry...

  Djohn 15:57 14 Dec 2004

I'm sorry to say that the CD is worthless without a product key. There is no way to extract the number from the disk itself, sorry. :o(

  Diemmess 16:43 14 Dec 2004

Is there no way you can use run the old HD, and so find the key number?

  Dorsai 17:51 14 Dec 2004

The product key is not stored on the CD. if it was anyone could copy the cd, and a product key would then come on the pirate disk.

Somewhere hidden in the windows program is a 'matamatical formula' that will take the product key, do a bit of maths on it, and if the key is a valid one, the result will come out 'correct' so to say..

Sort of like A=1, b=2 and so on through the alphabet to z=26, then 0=27, 1=28 etc.

it add, subtracts, multiplys or devides the various digits of the key together in a certian complicated order, and if the product key is a good one the result of the formula will be whatever m/soft decided was the correct answer (or perhaps one of several possible answers) just guessing wont work, as you dont know what the sum is, what answer you want to get, or what value is given to any particular letter or number.

It is basically a secret code, and we dont know how to decode it.

  Forum Editor 18:09 14 Dec 2004

because as Djohn has said, it's totally worthless without the key.

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