Activation Problem After Disk Change

I have a several year old computer that came with winxp pre-installed. At some point i upgraded to vista and more recently to win7. Then i had a hard disk failure and had to start over with a new drive. I don't have the original winxp disk, so i installed win7 directly. The normal activation process won't work, of course, since there's no previous version of windows on the computer. I have the product key for the original winxp (from a sticker on the computer case), plus keys for the vista and win7 upgrades. Who do i contact at microsoft to activate my legal win7 product manually?

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