Sorry it is Vista Home Premium. Thanks for the helpful links I didn't realize the locked nature of the Windows 7 discs. I tried the upgrade already and it got stuck at 18% uncompressing files during the install after the first reboot. So I'll restore the CloneZilla image I made and try again with your steps and post back if it works or not. Clean install makes sense but thought I'd still give it a try for my buddy and if it all goes badly the system is backed up.