Jerry, thanks. I followed the clean install instructions diligently, and downloaded Windows 7 Home premium ( please note that my previous OS was Win 7 Starter before my HDD crashed ). I cleaned up the ISO file to make it "universal". I went through the boot process, and typed in my product key from the back of my computer, it just refuses to accept the key. I dont understand this unless it is a key for Windows 7 and i'm trying to activate Windows 7 Home, but the cleanup is supposed to make this "universal".
I just moved on without putting the product key and it completed the installation. I see that i now have Windows Home premium, so i'm not really sure what happens next. Your help would be much appreciated ! Thanks.