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Article ID: 187268 - Last Review: January 6, 2015 - Revision: 1.2

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315854  ( ) Windows 98 and Windows Me Error Message Resource Center

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When you install Windows 98, you may receive the following error message when you type your Product Key and then click OK:
Application Error
SUWIN caused a General Protection Fault in module PIDGEN.DLL @ 0001:5F2C

MSGSRV32 caused an General Protection Fault in PIDGEN.DLL

This behavior may also occur if you start your computer with a Windows 98 Startup disk and then try to install Windows 98 from CD-ROM, or if you attempt to view your hardware configuration using the System Information Tool.


This behavior can occur for either of the following reasons:
  • You are running Setup from the floppy disk version of Windows 98 and you typed the incorrect Product Key.
  • Your computer's date is set incorrectly.


To resolve this issue, use the appropriate method:

Incorrect Product Key

Type the correct Product Key or, if you have misplaced your Product Key, contact Microsoft Technical Support to obtain the correct Product Key for Windows 98.

Incorrect Date

Reset you computer's date to the correct date. To do so, follow these steps:

Windows 95:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double- click Date/Time.
  2. Adjust the date to the correct date, and then click OK.
MS-DOS Prompt:

At the command prompt, type date, press ENTER, type the correct date, and then press ENTER.

  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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