Will a Win ME CD key work with Win 98SE? I need to downgrade.

By dennis2115 ยท 10 replies
Aug 30, 2005
  1. I have a client who hired someone else to "fix" their PC. This person installed an illegal copy of Win XP Pro.

    She has now hired me to reinstall a legal copy of Win ME but would prefer that I downgrade her to Win 98SE. ( I agree with her decision as I hate ME.)

    Anyway, will her ME key work on 98SE and would this be permissible? I do not have a copy of Win 98SE EULA or Win ME Eula...just my copy of the CD?

    We try very hard to do everything "by the book."

  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    I'm 99% sure it will NOT work. As far as legalities - her WinME Eula doesn't apply to a copy of Win98, and I'm not 100% sure about your right to transfer ownership of a copy of Win98 to her. I "think" if you have a full version of Win98SE and are willing to give it to her (meaning that serial won't be used elsewhere) then that is legal.

    Glad to see someone doing things by the book :)
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    If you really have a legal copy
    call M$ give them the holographic numbers from the inside edge of disc. they will give you a reg key,at least they gave me one.
    PS thats only for retail disc forget the oem disc it won't happen
  4. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Whats wrong with ME? The only problems Ive run into were with upgrades from 98. Ive found that a clean install of ME with System Restore turned off works really well.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Probably not and I'm sure the license will not allow it.
  6. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    Agreed !

    patio. :cool:
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    ME is a highly UNSTABLE version of windows. It was notorious for getting corrupt and crashing. 98 was far more stable. ME is basically 98 with some stuff added that made it unstable.

    ME was quickly ditched by M$.
  8. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    After applying common-sense tweaks i have had no problems with it whatsoever...
    Currently running it on a 3 boot 98/ME/XP Pro system.

    I've heard all the nightmare stories with ME...maybe i just got a really good CD :grinthumb

    patio. :cool:
  9. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    just up'd a client from ME to W$K spk3
    ME ran for 4 years on the machine no prblems,not one crash.
    I did upG for my benefit,since they did not do much it was what I knew more of I don't even remember much of 95 or 98.I think they miss ME had to help few times with the new feel of it.
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    I believe certain sets of hardware had no problems with WinME, but specific pieces could cause havoc. When ME came out I installed it on 2 machines - one machine ran it flawlessly - the other machine had to be constantly reformated and was never stable till I put WinXP on it a while later. I personally won't use any of the older Windows OSes mainly because I feel I NEED NTFS or some other filesystem than FAT or FAT32.
  11. RayJon

    RayJon TS Rookie Posts: 30

    My Dell P.O.S. never crashed with ME

    Just viruses from uh......stuff ;)
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