Dear Computer Lady,
My beloved 10.5 year old Dell w/ Windows XP is still working but in anticipation of its dieing on me I have been moving documents and pictures to thumb drives.
Someone told me recently that if/when I get a new computer I probably won’t be able to open and work on them in the new one, nor woudl I be able to use the Adobe PhotoShop 6.0 and Illustrator 10 which I currently have including the original disks.
Are the thumbs really a bad idea, and will I have to pay for the newer versions of the Adobe when the time comes?
Thanks in advance, Carolyn
Congratulations on keeping your computer running for over 10 years! In my experience, the average computer only lasts about 5 years before it either needs repairs that are just too expensive or is just too slow to run current software programs.
I also want to congratulate you on having the forsight to start backing up your files. A 10 year old hard drive could die at any time, leaving all your files lost forever.
When and if you get a new computer, you will be able to access your pictures and documents that you have saved on the thumb drives. If your pictures are in .jpg format, they can be easily read by any program, and if your documents are in .doc, .rtf or .txt format they will also be easily read by any computer running any version of Windows.
Where you might run into a little bit of trouble is with the Adobe programs. I don’t really know what versions of PhotoShop and Illustrator run on Windows 7, but there is a good chance that any 10 year old program will need to be updated
Fortunately, you can purchase upgrade versions of Illustrator and PhotoShop instead of having the purchase the full versions again.
I would try the programs that you have on the new computer, and if you can’t get them to work, go ahead and purchase the upgrades.