Mac users, feel free to move along. There is nothing for you to see here.
For everybody else I have a question about which Windows OS to use. I have a need to rebuild some components in my computer, including the hard drive. I don't currently have it right now, I can get the Windows 7 disk that originally came with my computer. I do have an older copy of Windows XP (sp3) that came with a previous computer I had. It ran everything I needed it to, including:
- LR3, which I use 99% of the time
- GIMP, which I use for simple masking and other edits that I can't do in LR3
- Chrome/FF, and all of the appropriate web apps/extensions
- Other family/personal applications--Evernote, iTunes, Dropbox, Office, etc...
I have experience getting an OS up and running from scratch, including drivers, etc... so that part won't be a problem.
I'm not into slick and sexy, I'm more into functional and productive. If everything I need works on XP, is there a reason not to use it? I realize it is old and unsupported now, so I don't know if there are any glaring security issues associated with it. And we practice safe computing, avoid P2P file sharing, don't open unknown extensions, use an updated antivirus, etc... I figured there are others on here who have more knowledge about this than I do. And, I'm sure there will be some debate on both sides, so let the games begin...
Thanks in advance for your helpful comments and suggestions.