Stuck using restore disk

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kas9865

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The computer that my kids used a Compaq running Windows 95 crashed and I used the restore disk to fix it but then found that I no longer had the certificate of authenticity number. Now I'm unable to do anything. Everytime I turn on the computer I'm asked for my name and the number. Can I load another windows version on it?
 
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Legally, No. If you read the fine print in the 'license Agreement"...you know...the one that everybody clicks "I Agree" without reading and then just carry on their merry install...you'll see that with the OEM computers (compaq, dell, gateway, hp) you MUST use the original cd & key to reinstall the OS. Also, here's one that not many people are aware of...if/when your Compaq system dies and you have another old p/c in the basement...say running Win 3.1...you CANNOT legally use the OS that came with the Compaq to install on the other system. In other words...when your OEM computer dies...the OS dies along with it. Sad but true fact that not many people are aware of.
 

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Well I was thinking of a windows upgrade. But if I get a new version how do I load it when the computer is still asking for the code of the old version? Help Laura
 
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If you purchase the Windows 98 upgrade the cd will be bootable...just make sure that your BIOS settings settings support botting to a cd. Alternatively, you could boot to a Windows boot disk (select the "load with cd rom support") then install the upgrade from there.
 
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