Hey, step one is complete for reinstalling WinXP. The GParted LiveCD was very helpful in rearranging all of my partitions. My only complaint is that ipw2200 wireless support is broken for Knoppix 5.1.1. Otherwise, I would have used the Knoppix disk instead. GParted has saved me a couple of times from reinstalling Gentoo because I wanted to rearrange partitions.
Running XP under emulation in Qemu was a cool thing to do but in the end emulation isn’t capable of doing what I want it to do. Since the virtual XP is running on emulated hardware it can’t access the specific feaures of my laptop (duh!). So back to dual-booting. User-mode Linux is really more like what I want, but the total lack of nptl support stopped me there also. I simply can’t be satisfied! :(