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Lost Windows ME Product key

shermans
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Lost Windows ME Product key

A friend has had a hard disk disaster as the result of which he has had to re-install Windows ME. However, he cannot find the original (probably OEM) CD and is working off a back-up copy, which means he no longer has the product key. Setup will not complete without it.

Is there any way of finding what the key is ? I believe that with Windows ME, the product key is in the registry. While no doubt the registry files are still there, he cannot use regedit because he cannot start Windows without the key - a catch 22 situation.

Is there a solution ? Is there any way in which I could read the registry files with my XP system to identify the product key for him ?
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Lost Windows ME Product key

The product key should be on a sticker attached to the PC.

Not sure if its easy to find the key in ME's registry? 98 wasn't too bad if you knew where to look but I've never had to search a ME registry for it.

May be a forced good opportunity to upgrade to XP Wink
shermans
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Lost Windows ME Product key

He has looked everywhere - no sign of a product number anywhere. However, that is a good idea and I am going to write mine on a label to stick on the machine.

But that does not help my friend unfortunately !
shermans
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Lost Windows ME Product key

Problem solved and original product key found !

Thanks to all who tried to help. Cheesy