hey guys thx, i just gave up, turned one of my hd's into a storage bin for vista ult 64 bit.
canuck1: when i changed to boot order to boot from the xp drive, it gave a ntldr not found. at that time i started reading about some vista problems w/ dual hds/xp and i found sometimes it messes w/ the mbr so i just said...no not going that route lol.
scotteq: i saw that program from some other forum and i installed, told vista that there was in fact another hd w/ another os on it, and when i restarted it gave me the option from which hd to boot! i was happy!...i selected xp....and ntldr problem....lol oh well.
thx for the help guys.