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Volume Serial number : Old computer

By A_Welch ·
I need to change the volume serial number on several older Pentium 133 computers with windows 3.11 on them. They all have the same vol # and I need them to be unique.

Reading previous q&a's I found solutions that sounded like good answers but they didn't quite work for me, like volumeid.exe, probably of the

Does anyone know of something that will work on a DOS 6.22 / Window 3.11 system? I would like to avoid reformatting.

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by Kc 1 In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

check out OldVersion.com

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by A_Welch In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

Pretty cool site that I had not seen before, but did not help in this case.

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by JackOfAllTech In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

OK, let me get something clear here. Are you referring to the disk volume serial number or the Windows product ID number?

If you mean the disk number, I'm not aware of any existing programs but I could write on in a day or so. Let me know.

Ralph

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by A_Welch In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

Thanks for your response.

I am talking about what DOS calls "volume serial number". If you type "VOL" at the DOS prompt the output is

Volume in drive C has no label (or maybe it does)
Volume serial number is XXXX-XXXX

I would like to change the hex #'s XXXX-XXXX to something I could specify. I really don't care what they are but I need my 8 computers to have different ones. I believe this happened becasue they were created with the same image-- not sure. This is supposedly set when a disk is formatted, but formatting isn't a good option at this point.

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by tau In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

Read this link, there're some source code in Turbo Pascal which let you change the volume ID
http://www.bsdg.org/swag/DRIVES/

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by A_Welch In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

Thanks for the response, but these are pretty minimal test set computers and I don't have Turbo Pascal.

I hope to find another way to do it.

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by okeedoky In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

Go to www.microsoft.com/technet and search for "volume label command". You can use this command to change the label currently set on your drives.

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by A_Welch In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

Thanks, but it doesn't quite help

"Vol" tells me the volume serial number
"Label" allows me to read or change the label

I from other "web-based research" I found a what looked like DOS executable command to change this serial number but it didn't work for DOS 6.22, only for later "windows 98 DOS".

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by A_Welch In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by JackOfAllTech In reply to Volume Serial number : O ...

OK, give me a day or so and I'll write a 16bit DOS program to do this. Send me an email with your email.


Ralph

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