Well I have played with vista, and there is just WAY WAY to much WRONG with it... dont get me wrong.. there are a few nice toys with it... but I just dont like it. Besides they said they will support XP till windows 7 comes out... then i might switch to vista... they just need to get a lot more bugs worked out of it... it will happen, just not today!
As for IE, I have tried firefox, and its nice, but im used to IE and I like it... lol
Thanks for all the help folks, but I was able to get HP to give me a direct links to all the drivers I will need for my model in XP....
also for the person that has/had same issue.. please message me or something I have some info for you about how to get XP on there.. with allthe drivers