Let's see what happens if I post this here . . .
Bought a new hard drive, installed it successfully (or seemingly so) in my computer. Realized a bit later that it wasn't updating. Also, nothing DRM related worked right (library audiobooks, amazon movies, etc).
Tried to find the re-install files for windows to see if that could be sorted out - apparently the file is missing.
Just tried (this evening) to install Windows 8 and apparently this issue is not allowing windows 8 to be installed either.
What else can I try??