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Adobe Lightroom 4

19 Jul 2012 12:43PM
I'm exploring the possibility of buying Adobe Lightroom 4. I would like to know if it will work with Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2. If not , is it possible to upgrade this operating system? As a second choice, could I get Lightroom 3 and would that work with the same system?

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19 Jul 2012 12:55PM
I think Lightroom 4 only works with windows 7 and vista. What price have you found it for? I've found a 'user' edition for 90 and 'student and teacher' edition for 60, is there a difference, doesn't seem to be?

SosFM Plus
8 85 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2012 1:11PM
I agree, dont think LR4 will work with XP. I have LR 3 and it works (if a littleslowly) on my XP machine. Great bit of software IMO.
mikehit Plus
8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2012 1:14PM
I have the LR4 box in front of me and the specifictions are Vista+SP2 or Windows7+SP1 or later; Pentium4/Athlon 64 processor, 2GB RAM, 1GB available hard disc space, 1024x768 display.

You can buy Windows 7 and just load it up onto your computer and you do not need to delete XP.

LR3 will work with XP+SP3.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
19 Jul 2012 2:21PM

You can buy Windows 7 and just load it up onto your computer and you do not need to delete XP.


I think that I am right in saying that you can only do that if you restrict yourself to the 32-bit version of Windows 7 (which is pretty pointless, as you could only run the 32-bit version of Lightroom). To upgrade to the 64-bit Windows 7 does mean backing-up your existing data and then doing a clean install of Windows.

But well worth doing. Lightroom 4.1 is just so much better than Lightroom 3.

By the way, relative to Graham's comment, there is no difference at all between the normal version of LR4 and the student version. But, although anyone can buy the student version, they cannot run it beyond the trial period without proof of being a student or other qualifying condition.
Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
19 Jul 2012 2:53PM

Quote:You can buy Windows 7 and just load it up onto your computer and you do not need to delete XP.

If the Windows 7 installation includes formatting the disc first, then go for it.
If it simply claims to upgrade your XP Pro to 7 spec., then I'd avoid it and find a way to format the disc and do a clean instal.
Nuke and Boot should do the trick.

Quote:you could only run the 32-bit version of Lightroom

As far as I'm aware LF, there isn't a 32-bit version of Lightroom 4.

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