Use a Mac as a Windows Machine

I recently posted a topic called "Run windows on a mac without OS X" at http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2267624&tstart=0
I think I got what I was looking for but a new question came to my attention.
like the other post I don't want to ditch OS X but my best option right now is windows.
So, heres what I want to know.
1) Use a program like SuperDuper to clone my OS X drive and transfer to an external drive, then install windows 7 home premium on my internal disk (of course after the Boot camp update so I'd run BC on my external disk through Mac OS X and install win7 on my internal HD)
2) if I did do option 1 then if there were needed updates from OS X would I be able to even use them because win7 is on another drive.
3) do the opposite and install (via Boot Camp) windows 7 home premium on the external HD (if there was a special way to do that, I would appreciate to know how.) and keep OS X unchanged on my normal HD.
4) To Keep windows 7 and OS X on the same internal HD and don't bother (I have a macbook air and my space is very limited it's only about 75 - 80GB in total of HD space on internal HD.) so both OS's wouldn't be as optimised.
5) which one of these options would be the best and how would I do it properly.
Thanks for your time and hope you can help me and maybe even someone else.

I'll just run with boot camp

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