Thanks for all the info guys for now I think I will just install Windows 7 and then consider adding more RAM afterwards. As far as buying a SSD for it I don't think I want to spend that much on this laptop.
That has given me an idea though about maybe replacing my standard 250GB hard drive on my Dell Studio 15 (1535) with a SSD... while it's also a 2008 model it has a little better CPU and 3GB of RAM. It has been upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 Home via a Clean Install.
I've always wanted to try a SSD but have been scared off because I wasn't sure what all the install entailed since I know it can't be the same as a regular drive.
Could someone give me detailed instructions on how I would go about replacing my standard drive on my Studio 15?
Also maybe you could recommend some drives at various storage/price points that have good performance, reliable, and provide good value.