Thanks alpha, but a CLEAN INSTALL is a big no for me. After reading this thread: New laptop, changing partition disks?
Can I use a SP1 retail ISO to repair install my Windows 7?
I'm thinking to restore to the initial image again and then do a repair install using a windows SP1 retail ISO.
Would that work?
About the activation I read from here about a link for restore your windows keys? or something, that you wouldn't need to keep re-activating your windows online. And it led me to this site: Paymyrent Token restore for mak keys and retail
How does this work? Please help. I downloaded this file but I don't know how this works. almost 12 midnight now. gotta hit the sack and continue this tomorrow after work.