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System Won't Run CD-ROM Drive

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I'm not sure what happened, but in the process of getting rid of my spyware and adware problems, now when I insert a CD it doesn't run, and if I try to execute it from winfile.exe, it says there is no disk in drive H. To further complicate matters, someone advised me that I should reinstall Windows 98, and for some reason the Product Key on the manual it came with isn't recognized by the system as belonging to the install disk.
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regarding the product key:
you might get another set of eyes to look at the product key. the most common error is mistaking numbers as characters(i.e. 8 instead of B).
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Do you have your cabinet files in the C: drive? They will generally be in C:\win98 or C:\windows\options\cabs. If you do you don't need the disk you can open setup in the cabinet folder. You can usually find your PK here.

Start>Run, type in regedit, when Registry Editor opens expand H-Key Local Machine>Software>Microsoft>Windows and highlight Curent Version (CurVer) The panel on the right will have your working product key. You can also coppy the cabinet files from the CD onto a formatted C: and do an install using them.

It occurs that you may have to go into safe mode to find the key, or you ma;y have wiped it out during the install attempt. As far as I can tell the product key has to match the product number, widows for computerw without windows is product 115, OEM windows is product 120.

Edited by Tyger, 12 July 2005 - 02:02 PM.

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