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How to find my serial for WIN95 in DOS?

By chicano ·
Hello,
my friends PC with WIN95 OEM running crashed and I wanted to resintall it via the setup. The problem is that we couldnt find the Serial anymore as the CD was quite old. Thus we had no chance to install WIN95 again. I heard that there is a way in the DOS mode to find the serial for the installed WIN95 OEM.
I hope there is someone sho can answer my question. MAny thanks in advance,
Walter

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How to find my serial for WIN95 in DOS?

by mydogownsme In reply to How to find my serial for ...

Assuming Win95 is installed at c:\windows, at your DOS prompt type:

edit c:\windows\system.dat

This will open the system.dat (registry) file in the text editor. In the editor, search for -oem-
that's hyphen oem hyphen.
When you get a hit, check to see if you see "Microsoft Windows 95" within a few lines of the hit. Write down the product ID that contains -oem-. That should be it. If you don't find "Microsoft Windows 95", but some other Microsoft product listed, then you've found the product ID for that application. Keep searching, you should find the one for Win95 within a hit or two. Good luck!

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How to find my serial for WIN95 in DOS?

by chicano In reply to How to find my serial for ...

Thanks very much for your help. I will try it as soon as I will visit my friend again. Have a nice weekend.
Best regards...Walter

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How to find my serial for WIN95 in DOS?

by Paul Majestic In reply to How to find my serial for ...

Actually the file will most liekly not open because it is a dat file or it will be too big. The better way to retrieve the oem would be to export the registry to a text file and the view the text file. You can use the following command to do so.
regedit /e c:\reg.txt HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

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by chicano In reply to How to find my serial for ...

I also want to thank you for your help. I will try it out tomorrow. Have a nice weekend.
best regards...Walter

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