You are right and I'm aware of those restrictions. But there are always workarounds and here are at least 2 solutions that I discovered (there are more):
1) The most "comfortable" solution. Implementation of a Boot Manager such as Acronis OS Selector which should allow me to install any OS.
2) If it ever backfires, W2k can be installed through the four W2k setup diskettes. I successfully initiated the process. It went normally through the recognition of existing xp partitions and allowed me to select the area where the W2k partition was to be placed. I voluntarily stopped its formatting when I realised everything appeared to be fine and dandy.
Solution 1 will probably require the least fiddling around and turn out to be the safest and the fastest.
FYI, I succeeded in installing XP alongside a pre-installed Vista without a hitch. Very simply. I could even install w2k-sp4, the better performer of the three, alongside Vista, using the same process.
Edited by Gswiss, 01 August 2007 - 10:25 AM.