On my current XP machine, when I installed windows, during the installation I had to put a Diskette in that would load the drivers so it could continue the installation.
Is this the same on Windows Vista?
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The Windows Vista install is completely different from XPs. It has the drivers built in to the install, kind of like when you script windows xp install using the unattend.txt file, vista uses a different format for the install.
does that mean I can finally get rid or my floppy drive?
Vista will not have all drivers for everything. Same thing happened with XP when it first came out. But, when you install now you have to use the F6. Odds are it will happen with vista as well.