Correct....it can be a hassle.
You have a Vista install DVD? what service pack?
I have my Vista x64 install CD, SP1.
What i was thinking was instead of wiping my drive using my old hardware, I would keep all the data on the drive but not actually hook the drive up while setting up my new hardware.
Then I go into BIOS, once all hardware is set up and confirmed working okay, and change to CD/DVD as 1st boot priority. Shut down, install HDD, boot up with VISTA DVD in the drive and wipe the drive/format and reinstall vista?
Seems like a safer road?>