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Hello all, this is probably a really stupid question but I just want to confirm before I do anything.

Basically I have 2 partitions one one disk atm, one running XP(32bit), the other vista(64bit), and then all my music/video/installers on another hdd. I want to do a fresh install on both. I just want to make sure I do things in the right order. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to install XP first then Vista so I will do this.

Firstly, can/should I install xp/vista with my second hdd installed or should I unplug it all, then plug it in after I'm up and running? (it would be easier to keep it on as all my installers/programs are saved on it)

Secondly, when do I format and partition the drive? I'm guessing I back everything up first (done), boot up with the xp disk in the drive, choose to format the whole drive, reboot, partition the drive, reboot, then install xp on the right partition. Is this right or do you do it slightly different? Or should you format, install xp, then partition?

Thirdly, once i'm into the OS, is the following order right in terms of the order to instal things?
chipset -> gfx drivers -> windows update -> rest of apps

One problem I have is that it's a hassle to connected to the router wired, can I install my wireless adapter after the gfx drivers so I can connect this way?

And one final question, last time I had vista installed, windows update was suggesting updates to my graphics card/wireless adapter and a few other things I think (Nvidia Serial ATA rings a bell but i'm not certain). This was after I installed all the latest driver/updates, should I install the updates or should I ignore them?

Sorry for the long post.
Thanks for any advice.
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You should install XP first then Vista, vista will then take care of XP's boot.ini and automatically set you up for a dual boot. If you want to customize it more, install VistaBootPro on vista after you've set up the dual boot.

Just boot to the xp disc, delete all partitions, make two partitions, format the one XP is going on and then it will copy files/install XP. Then boot to the vista disc and just format the other partition you created with the XP disc and install vista on it.

Mobo Drivers > GFX Drivers > Sound Card Drivers (if needed) > Windows Updates > Rest of applications/games > Then set windows up how you like it. VERY Important to restart your computer between each step.

Never let windows update install drivers, if it asks you to install a driver just hide the update.
Edited by Murlocke - 5/16/08 at 3:32am
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Thanks very much Murlocke.
That's cleared things up a lot.

Just one question, when you said about not letting windows update install drivers, how do you know if they're drivers? Or all hardware based updates drivers and I should therefore ignore all of them?
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