Yep, stupid behavior on my part. Lesson learned. My last laptop was an X200 and I've owned the X61, and X32. However, those came with full restore CDs, so I was always good to go. Plus I used to clone my drives. This was an err on my behalf, because I assumed things would work exactly the same on Win7 on a Lenovo laptop.
I'm using my Retail Win 7 Professional DVD.
Question: Can I use the COA on the bottom of my Laptop as the Product Key instead of the one shipped w/my retail DVD, just in case I decide to install Win 7 on my desktop in the future?
That's too bad. It happens to all of us.
I've got no problem with what your proposing to do you've paid for the key (COA). The actual software can be sourced from anywhere. Done it many times myself. I've copied Win 7 to USB which facilitate much faster installs.