I am getting more reports of ebay CD (actually it's a DVD!) that has a cracked Windows on it. They do this for reasons I hope are obvious. To get folk to part with money.
OK, No restore CD I've used in years has me entering in the product key. But your story is incomplete except that it's likely you didn't get a restore CD/DVD for your system.
I'd ask the laptop's maker for these.
My laptop had a virus and because there was no installation disc included with it and I had no idea where to find product key code, I cleared the hard drive completely and started afresh by buying a restore CD off ebay. However, after re-installing I noticed a message in the screens corner of "this version of windows is not genuine" I got very worried and was advised to check under the base of my laptop to find product key which I indeed found. This key code has now been entered and authenticated/validated and the message no longer appears. However when I try to install "windows updates" it keeps freezing and wont go past "update 1"
I dont know what to do or whether this disc is/will still cause problems for my laptop in future or how to remove it from my laptop.
I would be most grateful for any advice, as I dont want to be doing anything wrong or causing problems for my laptop.