« on: February 04, 2013, 10:59:59 AM »
Keep your current WinXP PC the way it is and get another PC for your photography with Win7 Pro x64 and run Lightroom 4 on that. Get a good higher end IPS display for the photo pc. The Photo PC is just another tool.
Excellent idea. I've been tolerating Win 7 just to run LR 4. There has not been one positive thing I've gained with Win 7 but instead lots of things that annoy me. I'm seriously considering building a dedicated Win 7 photo PC while my main PC is XP.
Full Disclosure - I am in IT, I see and support many types of systems and OS versions. I used XP x64 as my main workstation up until a couple months ago. I still use it for some things (through an RDP session from my new Win7x64 workstation). I sympathize with folks that don't want to change. For those that the PC is just a tool, upgrading/changing the OS is a hassle. Still, please be aware that the time is nearing when all updates, support, etc are going to end for XP.
XP will become a dead OS in April 2014. http://www.technibble.com/windows-xp-support-ends-in-april-2014-what-technicians-need-to-know/
What this means is you will no longer receive updates for security, drivers, etc. The OS will still function but it will cease to exist as far as Microsoft is concerned.
Windows 7 is actually a great OS and it isn't that hard to become comfortable with. It performs better and much more reliable and secure. You would like it even more on a laptop. Lightroom or any other similar software is going to benefit from a 64 bit OS and at least 8GB of RAM, preferably 16GB. Just do it and don't look back. It's not that big of a deal. Then after you are comfortable with Win7 on the Photo PC, start deciding about your main workstation. My suggestion on that is to go to buy.com or eCost.com and purchase a refurbished HP or DELL Core2Duo workstation PC with Win7 Pro for about $250. I would suggest to stick with Intel Core2 or i Series CPU + Chipset and away from AMD or Pentium 4. Here's a good example... http://tinyurl.com/aza9qt5