I finally got around to ordering the hardware necissary to do what I want on my computer without having to wait and wait and wait. I finally bought 2 GB of RAM and a new video card. This will increase my system RAM 5 fold after I add it, and get me off the onboard video card with 8 MB of RAM.
The reason I did this was for two reasons: Running Vista RC2 is painfully slow with only 512 MB of RAM and an onboard video card, and post processing images for aaron spruit (.com) is painful with the limited amount of RAM. Currently my Vista score is 1. This will hopefully bring me up to something that’s bearable. And all for ~$250, you can’t go wrong.