[QUOTE=Eric Holtz;2623405]Thank you for the suggestions. Here’s the story in brief: I went from the [B]Apple Macintosh [/B]world ([B]G4[/B]) to the [B]Windows[/B] world with my current HP laptop ([B]G60-235DX[/B]). It came installed with [U]Vista Home Premium 32 bit[/U] - [B]Pentium® Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00GHz[/B], 2000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s) - (now [B]SP2[/B], BIOS version [B]F.65[/B], and all driver and Windows updates) and other factory programs which I like to use from time to time.[/QUOTE]
Also you can upgrade the CPU to a Dual 2 Core CPU which would help improve your computing needs but not any gaming needs but that should be one avenue you should look into.
[QUOTE=Eric Holtz;2623405]I know that XP still has a legion of loyal fans, and that Vista’s early missteps doomed its “first impressions” giving it a bad rap, but Vista was my first Windows based OS and want to keep part of my PC as it came from the factory.[/QUOTE]
Then you obviously have dismissed many complaints and never fully understand what problems it caused and upgrades that were said but never fulfilled and never worked. Vista doomed itself and has no one but Vista-M$ to blame. And nothing remains forever. XP has it’s loyal base for a good reason and it has nothing to do with Vista.
[QUOTE=Eric Holtz;2623405]I treated my vintage muscle cars the same way - leave them the way the factory made them, except for updating items which were technology restricted (bias-ply to radial tires, shocks, rubber to poly bushings, points to electronic ignition, etc.).[/QUOTE]
There is no comparison here at all and for someone to do that is just mind boggling.
[QUOTE=Eric Holtz;2623405]I simply like the way Vista looks and functions compared to Windows 7, especially for my routine daily use, but I need Windows 7 to utilize the [B]8 GB RAM[/B] (presently [B]3 GB[/B]), and more properly utilize my audio and video editing software, e.g. Adobe Premiere requires a 64 bit system to operate. Nutshell - I like Vista and need 7.[/QUOTE]
If you didn’t carefully study W7 it does all what Vista does and more it is a Vista aka 2.0 which improved by margins one can’t explain here for the vast majority of users and new users. Vista-X86 and W7x86 will never go above 3 Gigs of Memory to use above you have to get W7x64 to even benefit from 8gigs or more and even then the software has to be x64 to use that much memory and if you load x86 apps you can forget using memory above 3 Gigs as the processor won’t access memory above 3 Gigs. So you want 3Gigs of memory usage or more you will have to pony up the money and get W7x64 O/S to begin to access and use that large of RAM and even then the apps must be x64 to use that amount of RAM and don’t forget the CPU has to be x64 to begin to use memory above 3Gigs. So no x64 O/S forget about using RAM above 3Gigs.
[QUOTE=Eric Holtz;2623405]With that said, I have everything backed up to external drives and discs.
[B]1.[/B] What is the “[B]virtual machine[/B]” option and how would I run Vista with it? Would I simply boot W7, then run Vista from there?
[B]2.[/B] How do I do a “[B]full image[/B]” of Vista and put it into W7?
[B]3.[/B] How should I repartition my HDD - currently at 3 partitions?
Someone from Microsoft suggested that I set up data folders on a separate partition and download programs for both OS, but I am not sure how much space to allow for on each OS. I’m not even sure if I can go more than 3 primary partitions without having to use a logical drive .
I apologize for the length and I do value the time and advice of those here. It is very important that I do not mess this up.
Neither of these steps would improve your computing experiences rather it would stifle any meaning learning you would gain using the new W7 O/S. And a new CPU that is Dual 2 Core would do more to improve your computing experiences then what you doing here. Also Allen makes a good point you don’t have classic and does it even come close to a game laptop anytime soon. Rather you should reinstall a clean W7x64 to take full use of the 8Gigs and reinstall your apps which hopefully you got them as x64 apps to begin to use memory larger then 3Gigs. Virtual machine is best left to testing software running to see how it works a fully fledged O/S running is more stable and better utilization of your computer resources. All you need is one partition unless your doing some kinda storage in those that shouldn’t be touched or formatted but if for some unforeseen crash happens your hard drive dies and or won’t work or boot those partition are a lost including any data on them.