Can I upgrade a corrupted OEM copy of Windows Vista to Windows 7
I got a new SSD and wanted to start over with Windows 7 on that disk. I did a clean install (my mistake) on the SSD and just went passed the activation part (left the key blank). Now that I have my system all setup, configured, files pulled back from backup, and ready to go, I'd like to activate Windows 7. However, I now get this error:
The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key:
The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations.
Do I really need to wipe my system again, install Windows Vista, and then do the Windows 7 upgrade in order to use my upgrade key? Is there some kind of work around?