I have been thinking about options today and I have three. None of them are too good, but I will save anything up to $110.

Option 1. Use a KVM switch attached to a computer which will run the scanner

Pro’s: It would work..

Cons: I don’t have a KVM switch which works with a wireless desktop set, and the noise of two computers running within earshot could drive me insane.

Option 2. Attach it to another computer on the home network which will support the scanner.

Pro’s: It would work

Cons: Unfortunately the computer in question is almost in constant use by somebody, and I would have to book time on it.

Option 3. Install another hard drive on which is installed a 32bit OS, and either dual boot or F9 to boot from another drive.

Pro’s: It would work.

Cons: I could die waiting for the computer to shut down and boot twice before I could get at whatever I had scanned.

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For want of something better to do, I plugged my Saitek ST90 joystick and P880 gamepad in, and Vista 64 found and installed drivers for both items. Oh well, I may not be able to easily scan anything, but I can remind myself why I don’t ever buy expensive games which require dexterity with a joystick or gamepad.