Vista clean install issues

I'm upgrading from an older phenom I to a i3, and need some recommendations on how to do a clean install using the recovery partition on the hard drive.The windows version I plan to use is from an HP Pavillion Pheonix SE. I've heard that it's possible to tell Microsoft that your motherboard fried, and you can get a new activation code that way, but I'm really not sure what to do
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  1. You will not be able to do this with the recovery partition, it will fail to boot.

    Need to get a setup disk and run a clean installation. In which case, get Windows 7 instead of Vista.
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