Title says it all. I have the product key to my Laptop, on the bottom, but the laptop was pre-owned by my Brother and he no longer has the boot disk to it. Recently someone trying to update my computer completely removed the Windows 7 it was running on and installed a pirated version which, of course, messed up. I ended up having to install Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) just to get it operational.
Linux is alright but a bit too confusing and complicated for me. And it also doesn't run the programs I need it to run. So after about a month or two of trial and testing just to see if maybe I could get to like it I've decided it's just too frustrating for me to get my work done on. So I tried reinstalling Windows 7 using the product key on the bottom.
Thats where I hit the error:
The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options.
I've tried googling ways to get around this with no help. And I can't afford a disk. Or a new key. Both are way beyond my budget. Which is pretty much... nothing. Is there a way around this?
The original OS was Windows 7 Home Premium.