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Racerbob: Thanks for the link. A bunch of good ideas there. I will have to go thru them more closely.
I started this reply a while back — got called away — and after I finished it apparently I had been logged off, and, while the SUBMIT button didn’t complain, my reply went into the bitbucket.
Very Briefly, I had originally XP Pro, upgraded to Win 7 Home with an upgrade DVD, then got what was supposed to be a Product key from Microsoft for doing a Windows Anytime Upgrade to Win 7 Pro.
Trying to use the DVD I had, since it was for an upgrade, it would not let me start to do a full install. I had to be running it from within windows, and then do the custom install route. But, it wouldn’t go that way either, since my Windows was 7 Pro, and it was for Win 7 Home. They say that is not an upgrade!
Never got to the point of being able to enter a Product key.
I downloaded (from Microsoft) a DVD image for Win 7 Pro and attempted to reinstall with that. It would not accept the Product Key that Microsoft had sent me — claimed it wasn’t a Product key. Maybe that was only good for doing upgrades???
Microsoft has never considered you might want to go backwards under some conditions. In another life I had been running MSDOS 3.1, and had a good backup. Upgraded to 3.2. Had a problem and needed files off the 3.1 backup. No way — had to install 3.1 on a spare machine, suck the files off the backup there, and sneakernet them over to the other computer.