After sleeping on the problem, I found a solution for the future. (Though this still doesn't solve the problem I already have)
On all new computers, I'll install only one (1) program on the boot OS. A virtualization app like VMware
. Then, using the same OS I'll create a virtual machine (VM). I'll install all the music apps like Ableton and its plugins, and presets and all other files to this virtual machine instead of the boot OS, since virtualization apps store the VM to a giant disk file. Which can be copied, moved to a different computer, and upon launch the whole environment comes up as it was.
A couple of major benefits spring to my mind:
- no more CPU migration hassles, with new computers. Throw the VM file on the new CPU, and you're in business with all the work environment intact without having to re-install, re-register, etc. Heck, with virtualization apps like VMWare available cross platform, you can even migrate from Windows to Mac or vice versa.
- want to continue working on a laptop during a vacation? Throw the VM file on it, and everything comes up there, ready to go.
- no more Net malware worries. Create a separate virtual machine for just Net browsing tasks, store an extra backup copy at default state in a folder... if some malware infects the VM, it stays inside that VM; just trash that VM and replace it with a fresh backup copy.
I ran Live in VM already, although it was always a Windows VM on a Mac CPU. As soon as my new Windows 7 CPUs arrive, I'll try Tarekith's Live performance test how many CPU % points difference it makes to run Live on boot Windows 7 vs VM Windows 7 on the same machine. My hunch is, probably not many.