Yeah, that will be a problem. Solidworks can only use one serial number at a time on a computer, and the commercial and educational versions will have different serial numbers.
One thing you could try would be to dual boot your computer. You might consider doing that anyway. Put Windows 7 on one partition with the commercial software and XP on another partition with the edu. Inconvenient, yes, but it would work.
Or you could just get a second computer.
Do you know if there is any difference between the Educators Editionan and the Student Edition?
Both says SolidWorks Premium included? (Does this include Circuitworks and Photoview)-
BTW I just picked up you surfacing bible at B&N. What version for SW was it written for?
I think I will opt with getting Laptop and run the student version on--
Premium should include everything, so I'd guess both would come with it. I'm not very familiar with the edu stuff.
The surfacing book was written on 2008. I don't see an update coming for a couple of releases. Hope you like it.
Looking closely... EDU and STD versions differ slightly in content.
EDU has SW Premium and Simulation Premium. Be careful to load Simulation Premium first in the Licence manager to get the nonlinear simulation activated. Need the VPN
STD has SW Premium and Simulation Pro. Node locked.
Worst case scenario you could install two harddrives in the computer, and have windows installed on both harddrives. To make sure that you don't have registry conflicts I wouldn't suggest dual booting, but using the bios to turn on/off the selected drive.
A little cumbersome, but it would work.