Having purchased CS5 and found that it really doesn't get on comfortably on XP I'm going to bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows 7. (I use the expression "Bite the bullet" because I'm a long-time XP user, I'm very happy with the system and really would prefer not to change.)
Anyway, my question is this; what flavour of "7" should I get for optimum video editing capabilities? "Home", "Home Premium", "Professional" or "Ulitmate"? I'm not interested in all the multi-various media possibilities from Microsoft (I very rarely watch TV/videos and never, ever play games), nor have I any interest in cloud computing, networking, etc. Any advice anyone can offer would be gratefully received, thanks.
>doesn't get on comfortably on XP
You should have looked at the system requirements before buying... Premiere Pro CS5 REQUIRES a 64bit operating system
Win7 64bit Pro is most often recommended... and some reading
Win7 Help http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w7itpro/
Win7 Configuration Article http://windowssecrets.com:80/comp/100218
Win7 Monitor http://windowssecrets.com:80/comp/100304
Win7 Optimizing http://www.blackviper.com/Windows_7/servicecfg.htm
Win7 Virtual XP http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/
More on Virtual XP http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=5607&tag=col1;post-5607
Win7 Adobe Notes http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/508/cpsid_50853.html#tech
Win7 Adobe Update Server Problem http://forums.adobe.com/thread/586346?tstart=0
An Adobe Win7 FAQ http://forums.adobe.com/thread/511916?tstart=0
More Win7 Tips/FAQ http://forums.adobe.com/thread/513640?tstart=0
Compatibility http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Default .aspx
Win7 God Mode http://forums.adobe.com/thread/595255?tstart=0
CS5 Install Error http://forums.adobe.com/thread/629281?tstart=0
CS5 Help Problem http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/842/cpsid_84215.html
Win7 and Firewire http://forums.adobe.com/thread/521842?tstart=0
Win7 64bit Crashing and "a" fix http://forums.adobe.com/thread/580435?tstart=0
Many thanks. But why Pro?
I've been looking at the comparison chart
and while I don't understand a number of the "Features", of those that I do the only reason I can see not to go as low as Home Basic is the 8GB RAM limit. What advantage would Pro gives me for running Premiere?
Apologies, I didn't see John T Smith's message before posting the above. I should point out that my current system is indeed 64-bit quad-core. I've been running CS4 on it without any issues at all, it's only now that I've upgraded to CS5 that I see I must also upgrade my OS.
the only reason I can see not to go as low as Home Basic is the 8GB RAM limit.
That's reason enough. Even Home Premium can only go to 16GB, and many CS5 users end up with 24GB. The new CS5 architecture can really make good use of memory, so it's a good idea to give yourself that breathing room, even if you don't yet have that much RAM.
Professional also allows 2 physical CPUs on the right mobo in case you really want to go nuts.
Because it looks better when you boot up in front of the client.
That works for me!
I also vote for Win7 Pro. There are additional elements in Ultimate, but cannot find a one that will help with video editing (maybe missing something there), and Pro gives you the max RAM, that you MoBo will very likely handle.
Even with Win7 Pro, I would look over Black Viper's ARTICLE on setup. Note: John might have already linked to this, and if so, please ignore.
Many thanks to all. Certainly the consensus opinion is 100% in favour of Pro, so that's what I'll go with.
Though I must confess I still don't really understand what Pro offers me that Home Premium doesn't?