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In Boot Camp 3.0 can I use a OEM or Academic version of XP?

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I am trying to install Win XP on a MacBook Pro as part of a Boot Camp 3.0 installation.

I called two local Mac stores and they no longer sold the OEM version of XP, but told me if I buy a copy of Windows 7 Premium I can use that Product Key to activate XP. But I am at the point of entering the PK in the XP Pro installation and the Win 7 PK doesn't work and to my real surprise the XP PK doesn't work.

What are the proper steps to install XP as a downgrade of Win 7? And any ideas why the PK for Win XP Pro (OEM) won't work and let me finish the installation?

If I call Microsoft for Activation and give them the legitimate OEM Product Key for Win 7, will they give me a PK for XP Pro OEM?

Thanks.

PS: I first tried using an Academic version of XP Pro, but it stopped when it couldn't find a previous installation of XP Home and it asked me to insert a copy of XP Home but I couldn't eject the XP Pro disk using the MacBook Pro eject button.
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