By Joe Kashi, for the Redoubt Reporter
My photo-printing computer was running too slowly, so much so that I often thought that it locked up when post-processing photo image files with Lightroom 3.4.
Clearly, it was time to upgrade that computer. While I was at it, I decided to update the operating system by installing the current 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional.
Although I initially resisted installing Windows 7 until it was proven and reliable, I’ve found that the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Pro is a very worthwhile operating system upgrade. It does more and does so more conveniently and attractively. If nothing else, lockups seem less common with 64-bit Windows 7, and the system at least indicates that it’s still working, even if slowly.
I’m not comfortable using any new operating system for routine business work until Microsoft tests and ships a comprehensive “service pack” of fixes for that new operating system. Even after Windows Update installed Service Pack, not all existing Windows programs worked with the preferred 64-bit version of Windows 7 Pro. Some mission-critical business programs simply refused to run on Windows 7, despite automatic compatibility adjustments. That’s not Microsoft’s fault, at least not this time. That balky program simply needs to be rewritten to a more modern 64-bit standard.
Before you make a leap of faith and convert your entire office to a newer operating system, test any needed business programs on a single test-bed computer system and ensure that they work properly. Vendor salespeople, sadly, don’t really know.