Boot Camp "Quit and install later" corrupted the BOOTCAMP partition

I just had my new iMac delivered.
The first things I did was to run Software Update to install 10.6.8, then I installed 10.7.1 Lion and ran Software Update again just to be sure I got everything up to date as it should be. After installing a couple of applications via App Store and the web I set about to create a Boot Camp partition for my Win7 needs. When the assistant was finished (a new partition created and drivers saved to a USB memory stick) and told me it was ready to install Windows, but I choose Quit and install later (and oh, what I now regret that choice) because my Windows DVD was nowhere to be found (I should have looked a little harder).
Then when I later found the Windows 7 install DVD I launched Boot Camp Assistant again, but lo and behold when it tells me that I need to reformat my partions and start over from scratch. Boot Camp Assistant refuses to let me install Windows because I choose Quit and install later.
I have tried the following things to solve the problems:
Repair permissions and repairing the disk.
Start with the bundled OSX DVD to run fsck -fy followed by Disk Utility.
Re-format the BOOTCAMP partition.
Boot from the Windows 7 DVD (which claims something along the lines that the partition does not support Windows installations).
Nothing works! Why? How do I solve this?

The past and having used whatever. FWB HDToolkit, Silverlining, $10K worth of scsi means??
windows requires that the partition table and format (GUID) has full functional MBR that Windows and Mac can work with.
Ever heard of take your best guess and double it for how much space to allocate? or no matter how good your partitions will always need to be changed.
Apple (that pdf guide?) is quite clear about one thing, which I usually but not here, take with grain of salt, that Boot Camp Assistant is a one trick pony to do the job of setting aside unfragmented free space for Windows.
ie, you can't use FWB Toolkit of SoftRAID 4.0 (excellent though it is!). Though Paragon CampTune (the company is rare, supports Boot Camp etc) and can be used.
If you created it now, but then you had 10.7 and Boot Camp 4, I could possibly get my head to imagine there could be an issue. And that is because every OS version has new changed partition table changes, making for this old (65 and going) mainframer to re-initialize drives whenever there is a change.
You can clone your system, format, and restore nice and clean with SuperDuper in a Jiffy. So why bother now? can't see it.
I understand people wanting 3 or more partitions. Wanting Windows to boot off external drive. Or use GPT and UEFT (that may happpen as 3TB drives and is beginning to be supported, but so far Apple and EFI are closed, proprietary, and GPT booting and EFI go hand in hand) but extra partitions is just... wishful.

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