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    Bootcamp fail!
    Ok so i decided to install win7 with bootcamp but i got the "failed to move files" error when partioning. So i followed some steps from online and reinstalled the OS and the from there did bootcamp again...this time it worked, but when it came down to registering my product key it kept telling me that it was invalid. That is because I bought this from my university so I have no idea what happened there.

    Is there a way I can get rid of the partition and kind of start anew? I had a time machine back up that i can revert to. I'm just fed up with trying to fix this problem...it is just my luck that this all would happen.

    Any help is appreciated!

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    It could be that the Win 7 license key has been used on the maximum amount of machines allowed at the University. As for the partition go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility, select your hdd from the left pane then click the partition tab, click the bootcamp partition then click the minus sign underneath, once it has removed the partition you can then resize your OS X partition to the remaining space.

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    Sorry, but do not use Disk Utility to remove a BootCamp partition. This can and does cause issues if/when you want to create a new BootCamp partition because you have not dealt with the changes that were made to the boot record using this method.

    The correct way for removing Bootcamp partitions is the same way it was created. Open up Bootcamp Assistant, click on the option to Create/restore a Windows partition and restore it from there. This will, all in one step, delete the partition, restore the space to your OS X partition and make the necessary changes to the boot record.

    Tutorial with pics.

    And before you even do that, I'd be heading back to the school and let them sort it out related to the key.
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