Why can't I use my old Time Machine BU on TC for my new MBP???

This is getting very frustrating as all the literature says I can use a Time Machine Backup on my TC network for my new MBP just purchased.
The "old" TM backup (BU) was working fine with my MBP laptop that I just replaced (BOTH have Lion 10.8.2 updated).
When I turned on my new MPB -
I went through the system setup which took the information from my old one and carried it over - it worked fine
I then went to the TM system preferences and tried to start with the old TM BU which was called MBP13 sparsebundle
I was never given the window "would you like this computer to inherit the backup history from an older Mac". 
I did go to the TM system preferences and clicked "select back up disk. But it selected the disk that the sparsebundle was on and then started a brand new backup. Thats not what I wanted to do.
Remember that I use TC with an external Hard Drive to store the TM BU.... I tried both connecting directly to my new MBP as well as through the network.
What I want to do is just inherit that old TM BU and then go forward.
I really could use some specific help here...
Thanks in advance.
Skip Huisking

You can migrate from one machine to another provided both machines are able to boot from the same version of OS X. But that is not the case for you because the two computers have different hardware. The new hardware requires a special build of Mountain Lion. Your old machine uses a different build making its version of Mountain Lion incompatible with the new computer.
Once there is a new public release of Mountain Lion compatible with both computers, then you can install on each as well as migrate from one to the other.
This is a special situation that only occurs when there is a change in hardware that occurs before the public release of OS X has been updated for the new hardware.

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