Thanks for any help!
I replaced the harddrive in an HP laptop which belongs to my nephew. He has no backups or disks of course.
Not being real experienced at this I downloaded a Win 7 in ISO format online hoping I could use the Windows 7 product ID (same version) that's on the bottom of the
laptop to activate it. I wasn't trying to get anything for nothing, I figured he already paid for the original software etc. etc. etc.
The computer would not take the Product ID so I proceeded leaving it blank.
The install from a USB drive actually went very smoothly and I could get on the Internet etc. But it would not let me update Windows or Flash etc. and I was stuck with no service pack updates and limited to IE8
I ran some utilities that I got from the same site I got the ISO from and I started getting messages that the software was not real, or official or whatever.
So could someone please instruct me how to repartition the harddrive and reformat it so I can tell me nephew he's got to purchase a real OEM version for about $100. I just want to clean it up before
installing fresh OS.
Thank You Very Much