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 PostPost subject: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:27 am 
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I figure this is the best place to put this, correct me if I am wrong.

I have gotten hold of some old Microsoft Disks (e.g. Works 3, Office 4.2), and they store the name and organization entered the first time the disk is installed. Does anyone know how to change or blank it?

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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:24 am 
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Discs dont store that kind of information. Is it a cd or floppy?


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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:57 pm 
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It must be a floppy; CDs are read-only and it had to write to the disk to store the information !!

(btw: win95 14-disk floppy does this too)

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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:01 pm 
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A PID (Product ID) is dynamicly generated when you install the product and enter the product key, most of the times the product key, product version and some random stuff is hashed into a PID. So a pid is not stored on a disk, it's created when the user enters the Product Key and installs the product.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:52 pm 
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Discs dont store that kind of information. Is it a cd or floppy?

Floppy-based software often wrote the user name/registration details into the disk the first time you installed it as a protection method against sharing the disks.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:06 am 
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i was given a copy of office 4.2, it would automatically register office to the panelbeating conpany that owned the copy of office, it was a floppy disk version, i tried to find a way to get rid of the company info but i never suceeded.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:39 am 
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rmsuperstar99 wrote:
I figure this is the best place to put this, correct me if I am wrong.

I have gotten hold of some old Microsoft Disks (e.g. Works 3, Office 4.2), and they store the name and organization entered the first time the disk is installed. Does anyone know how to change or blank it?


I have access to MSDN and TechNet, So tell me what you need (PM).

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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:56 pm 
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aKamarov wrote:
Discs dont store that kind of information. Is it a cd or floppy?

Floppy-based software often wrote the user name/registration details into the disk the first time you installed it as a protection method against sharing the disks.

Indeed it does, it's written to the SETUP.INI during installation, if you tried to write protect
the 1st floppy to stop it from editing the setup.ini, it refused to install...
If you look at the date of the setup.ini, it'll show the date that the program
was originally installed as it'll be the date the setup edited the .ini...
When realising this problem in the days of floppy disk apps, I'd save a copy of the
setup.ini on both my hard drive, & a zipped self extracting copy of it on the floppy itself,
install the program, delete the original setup.ini & extract a new one...


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KenOath wrote:
Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:
aKamarov wrote:
Discs dont store that kind of information. Is it a cd or floppy?

Floppy-based software often wrote the user name/registration details into the disk the first time you installed it as a protection method against sharing the disks.

Indeed it does, it's written to the SETUP.INI during installation, if you tried to write protect
the 1st floppy to stop it from editing the setup.ini, it refused to install...
If you look at the date of the setup.ini, it'll show the date that the program
was originally installed as it'll be the date the setup edited the .ini...
When realising this problem in the days of floppy disk apps, I'd save a copy of the
setup.ini on both my hard drive, & a zipped self extracting copy of it on the floppy itself,
install the program, delete the original setup.ini & extract a new one...


Why not just get a image from MSDN or TechNet and re-format the floppy disk everytime? :P

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 PostPost subject: Re: Change PID of old Microsoft Disks        Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:34 pm 
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motherboardlove wrote:
KenOath wrote:
Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:
aKamarov wrote:
Discs dont store that kind of information. Is it a cd or floppy?

Floppy-based software often wrote the user name/registration details into the disk the first time you installed it as a protection method against sharing the disks.

Indeed it does, it's written to the SETUP.INI during installation, if you tried to write protect
the 1st floppy to stop it from editing the setup.ini, it refused to install...
If you look at the date of the setup.ini, it'll show the date that the program
was originally installed as it'll be the date the setup edited the .ini...
When realising this problem in the days of floppy disk apps, I'd save a copy of the
setup.ini on both my hard drive, & a zipped self extracting copy of it on the floppy itself,
install the program, delete the original setup.ini & extract a new one...


Why not just get a image from MSDN or TechNet and re-format the floppy disk everytime? :P

A) Not everyone has MSDN or Technet
B) Technet nor MSDN does not have this old software.

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