We already tried the link for the steps to do a clean install. Clean Install Windows 7
We still get 0xC004f061 The software licensing service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations.
We have a full older version & hoped sticking it in the hard drive would allow Windows 7 to find it.
We really don't want to have to install the old one then the new one.
Problem with the detailed instructions was we got to the Activate window and we never got the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online
checkbox. Just typed in key hit (Next) and it went through it's activation check & didn't like us.
Problem is we have been at it all day and this is like the 10th time we installed it. Computer had a virus. Took it a while to confirm the Bootable section of the hard drive was fried.. So we really don't want to take it down again, in order to install an old OS so the upgrade can "see" it.