xp installing on extended partition

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I just got a new copy of xp. It is in french because i am in a french country. I don't understand french very well but it doesn't matter because i have installed xp many times. I am having one problem and that is that xp is installing itself on an exteneded partition / logical drive. I already have 3 primary partions. 1 for storage, 1 for vista, 1 for linux and then one that i use for xp. the xp one is about 30gb. When i delet the partion that had xp on it it turns to unallocated space and then i format it like usual and choose the NTFS file system but not the fast one. Then eventually when xp is installed and i go to disk management it is on a logical drive in an extended partition which was not even there to begin with because i don't use extended partitions. By the way it is xp home. The other weird thing is that it labels this logical drive as a boot drive and my storage drive as a system drive. Now i am unable to select vista to start up. Can anyone help me put xp on a primary partition and have vista able to be choosen when i boot. Thanks
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What is on the first sector at the moment?

If you want that many OSes on one physical HD, which I don't recommend at all, the you might have to wipe the entire drive and start over.
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I decided to put vista on my other comp so only xp and linux are going on this one now. Anyways the first sector just contains data but is labeled as a system drive and it labeled it the c:\ drive
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Ok, that's what you want. Put XP near the fist sector. If the partition is the size you want it, then install XP there and Linux on the free space.

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