I currently have an HP computer (model m9510f) that I bought in April 2010 w Vista Home Premium installed. I've always had problems with dropouts and freezing and such when using my music production software SONAR X1 Studio, and I'm wondering if the problems might be OS related. If they are not, then I would have to consider upgrading to SONAR X3, but that requires Windows 7 or 8 anyway.
From what I've gathered from a little research online, with a machine as old as mine, Windows 7 is a better way to go than Windows 8 .
So my first question is: do you agree?
Secondly, installing a new OS gives me more than a little anxiety:
Will I lose files?
Will I have to re-install all my programs? The main ones being MS Office 2010, Adobe Web Premium CS3, and SONARX1, assuming i keep it. I hope not because that can be a headache, especially I would think with older programs.
Will I have to manually re-create my (admittedly minor) network connections.
Worst case of all, could the new OS encounter some kind of "organ transplant rejection," leaving me with an unbootable computer.
I'd love to get some feedback from you all about my four pillars of anxiety :-) But bear in mind that my main goal is to improve my music production experience. If there happens to be a SONAR expert out there, I'd love to hear your perspective.