Thanks. I've got no problem in bailing out of XP nor do I have any interest in a dual boot setup with Windows 7.
My OS is on C:\ while my programs, for the most part, are on D:\. While I understand they'll need to be reinstalled, it's a lot easier, I would think, to do so when you have the template in place.
However, along with other folks in this discussion I am anxious about 64-bit driver
availability and compatibility. For example, I run my printer on LPT1 and I'd like to continue to do that. For some exotic needs, I turn to XyWrite, a legacy DOS-based word processor. While I recognize XyWrite won't run on a 64-bit platform, I'm hoping it will respond under virtual XP.