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Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 via Reformatting harddrive

I want to "upgrade" by simply reformatting my hard drive and installing windows 7.  Here's the problem:  Vista is on a laptop that got a new hard drive.  When the new hard drive was installed, vista gave a message saying it was not a legal copy and wanted a key.  That key was long ago lost.   So, I just stopped using the laptop.  Now I have a Windows 7 disk, and a key.  I want to do a fresh install.  I have nothing I need to save on the existing drive.  So I need to somehow reformat the hard drive (I guess) then do the install.  What do I do?

Thanks,

Cipriano
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cipriano555Author Commented:
I didn't understand this.  From what I've researched so far....it is impossible to reformat the c drive since the operating system is on it.  So if you want a "clean install" of windows 7 from vista, formatting the c drive to clean things off is NOT the first step.  Evidently, if you chose to do a custom install, it may give you a clean install, so I'm going to let that rip and see what happens.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
cipriano555, any luck?  If you found the previous article I linked to confusing, perhaps this one will be more understandable:

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/win7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media.aspx
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Cipriano555,  how about some feedback?
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