Virtual Machine Alternative
Thanks for that suggestion on the VMware (VirtualBox). I hadn't realized that the software had come that far. It looks like a really great alternative.
I've investigated a little and, on first look, it seems that VirtualBox may be better for a neophyte like myself (more information and tutorials are on the internet for it). But, this could be great -- I'd be able to keep the 64-bit architecture and try out the virtual environment without any risk to my brand new machine setup or warranty!
Thanks again for the info.