Depends on your operating system and other hardware ... please give us the details
"Windows Vista Home Premium" HP G60 Notebook PC
Processor: Pentium (R) Dual-Core CPU T43000 @2.10 GHz
Memory: 3.00 GB
System type: 32-bit
Lightroom 5 will not run on Windows Vista. You would need to upgrade to Windows 7 to use Lightroom 5.
You can download the free trial of Lightroom 4, which will run on Windows Vista, but your computer is still very underpowered for Lightroom 4, nevertheless you can try Lightroom 4 and see if it runs acceptably or slowly. You can purchase Lightroom 4 from Amazon or other 3rd party retailer (I think).
Time for a new computer if you're serious about running Lightroom (4-cores or more, 6GB ram or more, 3GHz clock-rate or more..).
You can try it with the machine you've got, but unless you're editing very small raws (or jpegs), I think it will be too frustrating (slow) to use for long.
That said, you can install Lr5 on a Vista machine, via a hack, but you lose the right to complain about problems if you do:
PS - Consider Lr3 if you can't upgrade your machine.
Thanks for your response! I assumed my computer was underpowered, so I will
see what is necessary to upgrade it or simply buy another one. Love
Lightroom, and anxious to get my hands on it again.
Thanks, Rob, for your input. Nope on grabbing an unauthorized copy. Plenty of people do it, and a lot get away with it, but I will do it the right way now that I KNOW what the right was is!!!
Nope on grabbing an unauthorized copy.
You may already understand this, but to be clear: it's a modified version of an authorized copy. The distinction being that you are changing your copy, not downloading a changed copy.. But yeah: it should be a last resort, only if you must run latest Lightroom and can't upgrade your OS (or until you can).
I will do it the right way now that I KNOW what the right was is!!!
The RIGHT way to do it is readily findable in Adobe's posted system requirements, isn't it?