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OK, another question, XP i have found out is in my J drive ( the 350gb one ) and nothing is in my I drive ( the 50gb one that I will be installing Vista on ) so will I be asked which to boot (dual boot)?
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Oh, dual-booting between XP and Vista on two separate physical hard drives is INSANELY easy--actually, I highly recommend it if you're not "sold" on Vista yet--because you can always just go between the two, and decide later if you'd like to get rid of one of the installations. To dual-boot, all you'll need to do is select the non-XP HD for installing Vista, and after Vista is done installing, everytime you boot your PC from shut-down, you'll be prompted for 15 seconds which OS you want to load. I actually recommend that, and that's what I did when I got my copy of Vista. I have stayed with XP, but I still have Vista installed, LOL...
    
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OK, another question, XP i have found out is in my J drive ( the 350gb one ) and nothing is in my I drive ( the 50gb one that I will be installing Vista on ) so will I be asked which to boot (dual boot)?
An operating system needs two things to boot. A boot drive that has the boot files, a folder where it's OS files are located. These don't necessarily have to be on the same drive/partition. There's a lot of information on Microsoft's website about how booting actually works, and dual booting (I suspect that it's very different than what you imagine).

You never mentioned dual booting in your previous posts. That's a whole different story. Just go ahead and install Vista. But again, do not format boot drive, nor the drive/partition that has the XP files on it. The Vista install program will "see" the previous XP installation (and even warn you if you try and format it), make any necessary changes, and when it's done installing will give you the option of booting XP or Vista every time the computer starts up.

Some reading before hand, having everything prepared and being sure of exactly what will happen with every keypress is essential.

No one mentioned downloading all the drivers you will need prior to actually doing the installation. That will save you a lot of frustraing searching. You'll also know exactly what is, and isn't, available before you start. Any workarounds that are necessary can be planned in advance.

Do not disconnect any drives (to protect files, etc.) when installing VIsta. That just leads to big headaches later. Let Vista see what's there and it will take care of everything.

And finally, so long as you don't format, pretty much anything that you do wrong, or that goes wrong with the install, can be fixed without loosing anything. It's just a real PITA to do though. So, avoid that!
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OK, another question, XP i have found out is in my J drive ( the 350gb one ) and nothing is in my I drive ( the 50gb one that I will be installing Vista on ) so will I be asked which to boot (dual boot)?
You are using only one physical hard drive with 2 seperate partitions on it right? That only makes sense seeing your drive is 400GB and your talking about a 350GB drive and a 50GB drive.

So after you install Vista on the 50GB PARTITION it should just boot directly into Vista I believe. That is what it did for me anyways.
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