I’m trying to decide whether to upgrade from Windows XP Professional to Windows 7 Professional. While I’m no hardcore techie, I can follow directions well and I built my own system a couple of years ago with the thought of having a system ready for a future OS upgrade. My system is an Asus P5E Deluxe, an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 at 2.66GHz, and 4GB of DDR3. I have Windows XP installed on a 150GB Western Digital Raptor, as well as a 500GB secondary drive.
Tom, you’ll generally want to reinstall your programs every time you change operating systems—they may be unstable otherwise. However, we’ve found that sometimes programs installed on non-OS drives function fine without a reinstall. You’ll definitely want to reinstall your Adobe suite, though—just remember to deactivate your old install before you upgrade.
As for your question, if you have the money to install Windows 7 on an SSD, we say, go for it—as long as you have an SSD with TRIM support for clearing deleted blocks. You’ll have to think hard about where you want your scratch disk for Photoshop and Premiere Elements, though—lots of random writes will cause some SSDs to stutter and slow down. Look for an SSD with an Indilinx Barefoot controller and TRIM support. Also, multilevel cell (MLC) SSDs can tolerate fewer read/write cycles than SLC SSDs, although a quality MLC SSD should still last at least as long as your average mechanical hard drive, even with steady use.
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