Thanks to tcg...
»[WIN7] Win 7 Pro OEM
Could not reply to my original thread - I finally installed Win 7 and since I did not blow away the XP partition I was able to activate without issues - even when I installed the OS a second time (without first activating the first install).
Only thing that sucks - downloading my games from Steam - on a 1.5 meg download DSL line (after 12 hours I might be at 50% down)... Thankfully - did not have to download 3 hours of updates like I had to with XP...
"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain