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Installing Windows 7 upgrade version on a clean disk

I just finished a clean install of windows 7 with an upgrade disk. When I enter the upgrade key, it complains that the key is not meant for clean installs.

What are my options?

I have a valid vista key. Is there any way I can deal with this without reinstalling the os?

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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, studiohack Mar 25 '11 at 21:40

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This issue has been resolved before, check out this question: superuser.com/questions/59264/… –  Dillie-O Mar 25 '11 at 21:07

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You may be able to validate the install over the phone. This is what I did after trying a variety of other alleged solutions and it worked so well I regretted not trying it earlier.

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This helped, thank you. –  Oak Apr 8 '11 at 18:25

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