So I just noticed that the latest version of Lightroom will not work with windows 8, but only one of the 10 versions, I really hate changing windows versions, it seams like each time they make a new version it gets worse not better.
Can someone tell me if there are any bugs with 10 that I would need to look out for, security problems, things I would need to turn off if I switched to keep big brother from checking up on me, things like that, and if anyone knows if the "new" lightroom version is worth the hassell of switching Windows versions?
so far the only issues i have is with wacom and photoshop cs5. where it locks up now and then. or on wireless it just stops working. i have it wired right now. i don't like how small the system font is. i have yet to get a balance where i can read everything all at once. some screens are so small i need a microscope to see it all.
as far as what to turn off, there are guides for that, i really should go over that myself. i do know that you only need the family version. it works fine. i think you do lose one function, but it can be turned on again with a command. i just forget what it is.
as far as better or worse goes. it looks like windows 7, its a little easier to use in some areas, more of a pain in others, like finding all the settings for things. or getting the audio to work in full surround, i just can't get that to work at all.
all the peripherals worked fine, can get my phone to work without a problem, always had issues with win 7. and other than paying for it, there isn't a huge problem. it is large though, and if your installing fresh, you should get a new drive SSD would be the best. you might as well, that's what i figured. oh be sure to set it up so the password fills in automatically when you log on, or it will ask every time. and it need to have your email for some weird reason. there is also an administrators account, but i can't get that to work either. while you assume you are the admin, there is one more account that is more powerful than that. and its triggered like an easter egg.
I enjoy Windows 10 and it unquestionably offers tighter security than Win8. Security is however a relevant term and really only depends on the person using it. As for side-by-side comparing, no question Win 10 is more secure than Win8. It comes with Windows Defender, but I still install an Anitivirus software and complement it with Malwarebytes.
IMHO, Windows 10 offers a much better user experience, no significant downsides other than those pesky gaming apps that come preloaded with the OS. Not a big deal, those can easily be uninstalled and don't forget to turn off the App Suggestions, another bugger..
Dealt with several issues when it came to upgrading Dell Inspiron from Windows 8 to Window 10. Something in that Windows upgrade process that just suck*d, OS lacked and I ended up wiping and doing a clean WIndows 10 install. Several of my friends had similar Dell Inspiron laptops and all complained about the same issue. I since scrapped the laptop and got a new one. So, if you can do a clean Windows 10 install, do it!
Not knowing anything about your computer, I will just throw this one in... If your PC still has SATA drives, replace with SSD for a noticeable difference. I`ve had good luck with Samsung EVO series, the price on these dropped quite a bit.
also something to note - how you buy it. it comes on a thumb drive or you download it. if your lucky there might be a dvd or something that shape. i had to download it and buy the number. which is a bummer, i really miss that crazy copyright protection they used to use, must have spent a fortune on it.
the thumb drive seems like a good idea, but many complained that it was junk and didn't work half the time. i made my own thumb version with a program that makes thumb drives bootable, but it never worked. i'm glad i made the iso version instead.
I would also suggest against buying a bootable USB drive Why bother with the USB?
Get a download and easily make a bootable USB yourself. No need to store that USB on the shelf in case you ever ever need to use it again.
One of the easiest applications that will create a bootable USB from Windows ISO - Rufus, free and extraordinarily simple to use even for novice users.
i was able to get a pretty good deal, because there is no overhead, like a printed media, it was cheaper to download it. just don't lose that serial number.
if you have the windows pro version, you can upgrade it with that number--- just don't install it a second time or it won't let you use any number. i ended up installing this 3 times because of that. the first time i messed something up when i was installing drivers, i think windows was updating at the same time (but silently), and i think it messed up files.
i tried rufus, it didn't do a thing for me. but an iso burner worked fine for the dvd.
the other thing i don't like about 10 is the security, even for programs i installed myself, that were win 10 files, it will still ask me -- are you sure you want to run this? that is super annoying.
Actually I think I'm getting tired of paying adobe to use their product, and am now looking for alternative products.
That said I do have PS 5.7 and really don't have any problems with it, to be honest I don't really remember why I stopped using it and went to CC.
As for lightroom I have LR 5, the only thing I like about CC and 6 (wish I would have bought that when I had the chance) is the HDR and Pano stitching that it can do, the pano engine in PS 5 is a dog I do remember that!!
I also have Capture 1 for sony, thinking of upgrading that, once you get used to using it the program has a ton of power, more than LR but harder to work with.
My computer seams to run just fine, that's one of the reasons I don't want to make any big changes!
I only use my work computer for work, I do image work, and upload to my web site, and FAA and that is pretty much all I do with it.
I have tried gimp, for me it has a big learning curve, and doesn't seam to intuitive.
I never use PS to convert RAW files so that is a non issue for me, right now I use LR, but as I mentioned I think I might give Capture another go, it will do a lot of things that LR can't do, and some things that are crazy hard in PS it will do with just a couple of sliders.
its sort of like photoshop, if photoshop fell on its head and lost its memory. from what i understand you can do everything on it. and they tried to make it like photoshop, but its like waking up in a dream to a house you recognize until you start opening doors and realize your not in your actual house.
but if your changing just because of photoshop, i'd look into a different program or maybe there is a fix for it.
You may want to try Darktable, freeware for editing that is highly rated and is related to the software Gimp and its developers. I use it right now to quickly change my raw files into the other extensions. It is a powerful editor and can do a lot. I haven't tried it for editing because I am used to Gimp which has endless plugins. Darktable probably does also but I haven't looked into plugins. I think it is more like Lightroom.
For photographs of people, things, and landscape I do 95% of my editing in LR, I only use PS for dust spotting, cropping, and fixing blemishes, that's about it, which is why it chapped me that if I want the latest greatest LR I would need to switch from Windows 7 to 10.
That said if I need layers for some reason like a line of custom signs I am trying to introduce then I use PS, but it seams like PS 5 works just as good as CC for that.
My first computer (32k memory!!!) was back in 1981. All that means is that I have the confidence to take any software tsunami that life throws at me!!! But that's just me.
My first experience of Windows 10 was a a free upgrade from Window 8. After some time - it worked really well - and then caught the "DCOM Disease" - slowed the machine bigtime. DCOM errors often spring from upgraded versions of windows (it's a Permissions thing!).
I recently bought a new PC, with full-blown (not upgraded) Windows 10, and the DCOM problem has gone away.
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