upgrade to Windows Vista. I am currently using Windows XP. I am pretty
happy with it. I mainly use my computer for email, web surfing, and
Microsoft Word. I create the occasional music CD and am just starting with
Good Question. The general
consensus is to stay with XP and wait until you buy a new computer .
Changing operating systems is never easy; adding in the expense of Vista
makes the change expensive. XP is a great operating system and should
handle all of your needs.
Like all new operating systems,
Vista is going through its teething stage. There are some problems and
most of them are in cases where the system was upgraded.
Even when buying a new computer
be careful. Vista takes a bit of computing horsepower. Make sure when you
buy new that you have a reasonably good processor and at least 1 gig of
RAM, 2 gig would be better but 1 gig should be considered the minimum.
If buying a bargain machine see if it is available with XP.
Recently we ran across some notebook computers with 512 megabytes of RAM.
They were hopelessly slow. It is like pulling a 25 foot boat with a small
4 cylinder car. It may do it but you probably wouldn't be able to travel
at 100 km / h. The same machines would be usable with Windows XP.
Since you are interested in photography,
you might want to look at Adobe
Photoshop Elements, Photos
to Camera Tip Sheet and Word
2007 Photo Editing