if you buy the upgrade version there is a procedure that has been posted numerous times here and in magazines and other computer news locations on how to install clean with an upgrade version.
it requires a double install of vista.
also if you buy the upgrade version and upgrade your XP you lose the XP license.
"Terry" <terryREMOVE@tbean.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in message news:-sSdnXL765Ejg5vbRVnyiQA@giganews.com...
"Rock" <Rock@nospam.net> wrote in message
> "Terry" <terryREMOVE@tbean.freeserve.co.uk> wrote
>>I have a PC with XP Home installed. If I install Vista on top of this
>> will I have the facility to dual boot or will I have to mess about
>> the hard disk ?
> What do you mean install on top? To dual boot you will need to create a
> second partition for the Vista installation. You will also need a full
> version of Vista for this. With an upgrade version the license does not
> allow for Vista and the qualifying OS to be installed at the same time.
> Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]
Creating a new partition is not a problem. Its a real pain in the *** having
buy the full version, The chances are that I will never use XP again.
It is very handy having xp to fall back on while I am sorting out Vista
problems (drivers etc). otherwise I could finish up with no PC.