I was stuck in the win 7 set-up on the partition section but took a tip from this thread and deleted the partition. This allowed me to create a new partition (lifting the "grey out" from the "new" option) and I was able to get all the way up to the key entry. I am going to try to get back to the key entry part one more time and enter the OEM key from another computer. If no luck there, I'm off to Directron for the last piece of this puzzle. I can't thank ALL OF you enough for your tips and help!