You should be -- assuming you have at least 30 gigabytes of free, defragmented space on your C drive and all of your operating system and Quicktime updates.
A Pentium, though, is way at the lower end of the required power to run this program. Unlike previous versions of the program, version 8 needs a huge amount of power to run. I can barely run it on my Pentium 4, and then only with basic miniDV editing, although it runs much better on my dual-core 2.6 ghz machine.
To see how much power it needs to start up and run, open the Task Manager (right-click on your Windows Task Bar) and watch how long it takes for your processor to settle down when you launch the program. On my Pentium, it can take over 5 minutes to open a project and stabilize!
There's more information in the FAQs to the right of this forum.
And here's some ideas for shutting down some very intrusive background processes.
Thanks Steve. It looks as though I'll have to bite the bullet and get a new quad core computer. My old computer was pretty good when I bought it (about 6-7 years ago), and whilst I've quadrupled the RAM to it's maximum since then, it obviously will have trouble running Elements 8 which will happen more often with a loft of the new software written these days. I feel as though I'm about to bury an old friend. Anyway, a new computer will be a lot cheaper in relative terms than the old one. Thanks for the advice.
Just one word of warning about picking up a new computer, Geoff.
Windows 7 is an excellent operating system -- but the 64-bit version of it can cause some real problems for Premiere Elements 8. At least right now. The drivers may eventually become fully compatible.
And so, although Windows 7 64-bit is a good investment in the future or computing, it's probably a good idea to stick with Windows 7 32-bit for now, if you plan to use Premiere Elements on your machine.
Thanks again for the advice Steve. I have started looking at 64bit computers
but following your advice, I may stick with 32 bit. I have a friend in our
local Videographers Club who's running Premiere Pro CS4 and is in the
process of buying a new computer and is just about to order a 64 bit
version. Does Premiere Pro have the same problem?
Nope. Adobe's professional software is already 64-bit.
PrPro CS4 is still 32-bit, but IS certified for 64-bit OS. There have been a few issues with Win7, but most folk have gotten those worked out. CS5, release date yet to be announced, will be 64-bit ONLY, no way to run it on a 32-bit system.
Thanks Steve, I'll pass along your advice to the members of our (very
amateur) videographers club.