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Funny thing, I had done a big file backup and downloaded the stuff for ZorinOS in preparation to try an install when your message came. Might hold off on that for the moment and see how this 8.1 thing works out. Maybe try running Zorin alongside 8.1 down the line? At any rate, thanks again for all this help. You're a gentleman and a scholar.
You truly are Grand.
As you guessed, my version of "graphics" doesn't include video editing these days.
When you say "dangerous" I'm guessing you're talking about security?
If you're willing to have your brain picked even further, perhaps you'd have some insights into best specs for a new computer to run recording and/or graphics programs.... From my reading, I've gleaned some specs for audio production: i5 or i7 processor (or equivalent?); 8 GB or more RAM; and a solid state drive. I'm assuming something like this would work nicely for PS and other graphics work as well? I found this budget laptop that might fit the bill. The price is definitely right.... maybe not the most durable though. https://www.amazon.com/HP-15-ay013nr-Full-HD-Gene...
But then the trick is getting it from Vista to 7. Should have done that upgrade years ago, I think.
What you said about 7 and 8 (and actually 10) is what I suspected. I actually tried to do the upgrade back when it was still available - but as you said, the extra hoops were not for me.
Like I said to Miss Anita, I hesitate to wander back into Linuxland at this point. I had only minor success with it in the past. I found my brain hurt too much to get anything accomplished. My main goals are to be able to use PS (and other CS programs that I currently have on a very old mac laptop), and to also have a compatible OS to work with a planned purchase of an audio interface. (We also have a PS and Lightroom setup for Launie's Windows 10 laptop, that I would use if I had a machine that could handle it.)
There are some really inexpensive budget laptops that I think will fit the bill (good processors, SSD drives, etc.) - just was hoping to wait a little longer to make the larger investment.
Linux is definitely an idea. I hesitate, though, because I tried Ubuntu on another hand-me-down laptop a few years ago. I found myself spending too much time learning my way around, reading forums, etc.. to get things running and keep things running. I had particular issues dealing with recording software, if memory serves. Also, I already use Gimp on this laptop. It works fine, but there are still many things I can't seem to pull off which I use regularly with PS and the old CS3 programs (I still have CS3 on my 11-year-old Mac laptop and it's still my go-to graphics computer. I love me some InDesign). I'd like to be able to do everything on one computer and I fear my lack of computer savy might make this harder to achieve in a Linux system.
I'm thinking maybe I should just keep limping along with my current 2-laptop set-up while I start saving for a new Windows laptop. Ohhhh, computers.....
Thanks again for all your thoughts!