Computer help question... has anyone done this before?

  1. I have Windows 95... need to upgrade to a 98 to use a webcam sis gave me for Christmas. She gave me her 98 disk to upgrade with. Can I do this, or will it require a "product key" ? Will I crash my computer if I use hers ? Has anybody ever upgraded using someone else's disk? Any suggestions?

    Thanx !
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   wv_nurse 2003
    I've never done it--try customer support--good luck!
  4. by   ThirdWorldGirl
    I'm trying to find you some technical help to this question from some aquaintances of mine who are pretty much computer wiz types but right off I don't think a computer formatted for windows 95 will have the space needed to handle windows 98. Ran into that same problem when I was trying to do the same thing with my windows 95 laptop. I'll see what I can find out for you though.
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Ummm.... whatever you do.... DO NOT tell tech support that you're using someone else's Upgrade CD. :chuckle
  6. by   jnette
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Ummm.... whatever you do.... DO NOT tell tech support that you're using someone else's Upgrade CD. :chuckle
    DUH !!! That's why I came to YOU GUYS !!! Nope, won't call tech support... thought maybe someone out there had done this...

    Thanx, too, 3rd world girl.. waiting to hear more...
  7. by   ThirdWorldGirl
    No problem Jnette, I'm off to work and will be working tonight and tomorrow night so it will likely be Friday before I have any answers, give me an email to pierce123_2001@yahoo.com and I'll respond to the addy it came from with any info I do manage to obtain........ have a good night.
  8. by   cbs3143
    Hi Jnette,

    You will need the code from the CD package to use the upgrade. I would encourage you to backup any critical data before upgrading.

    It should upgrade to the newer operating system without problems, but my computer at work has been in the IT department for the past three days. They took it for an upgrade to windows 2000 and addition of another program that I require to do my job. It was an estimated two to three hour job. It has been reformatted several times and they are having difficulty getting the system to load and the programs to work. Even the pro's have difficulties. Fortunately all of my data is on the mainframe and not on the C Drive. It has been a good computer over the past year, as its predecesor had been. I don't know what kind of monster I'll get back from them.

    I have Windows 98 Second Edition at home, and it works pretty well most of the time. Good Luck


    Chuck
  9. by   kittyw
    Never had problems with it before.... but I didn't do it... honest. <looking around for Bill Gates>
  10. by   jnette
    Originally posted by cbs3143
    Hi Jnette,

    You will need the code from the CD package to use the upgrade. Chuck
    Hi CBS !

    The CD I have is a copy, I guess.. not in original pkge... no code anywhere.. like a "burned" cd, I guess.
    I don't know.. what to do...? I've heard of people saying they used someone else's CD to upgrade with, but of course those folks aren't around when I need them! Can you still buy the 98 upgrade CD? Like at a store? It would have the code, or product key, right? Guess I'll have to do some asking around at the store, too. WAH ! I want to use my new TOY !!!
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by kittyw
    Never had problems with it before.... but I didn't do it... honest. <looking around for Bill Gates>


    :uhoh21:
  12. by   cbs3143
    Hi jnette,

    Do you know who burned the CD? Maybe they could give you the "product key", the series of letters and numbers needed for the disc to run. If that isn't possible, try running the upgrade program. You can always cancel it if the program asks for the product key or OEM code as it is also called.

    Windows 98 upgrades are still available online at about $100. You could call around to see if any electronics or office supply stores have it available as well. It would still be cheaper than upgrading to Windows 2000.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.


    Chuck

    P.S. I sent you a PM.
    Last edit by cbs3143 on Mar 19, '03
  13. by   renerian
    I agree I think you will need the code.

    renerian
  14. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I got my mom's windows 97 that I was gonna use instead of the 98 that I currently have. I decided not to use it, but she did tell me I would have to completely uninstall win 98 before installing 97. I know that she didn't give me the code with hers and didn't tell me it would be a prob either.

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