I'll be sure to look into the player version... so from what you read on my post, the player version would meet my needs... primarily running older programs/plugins that are not compatable with windows 7 on a virtual machine running XP. I would have the need to occasionally move some of the outputed files (mostly avi's, tiffs,pngs, jpgs.) to the physical machine.
Thanks for the recommendation PParks, I'll be sure to check it out. - Carl