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  •  You may want to look into LibreOffice (0+ / 0-)

    which is available for all major OSs (you don't have to switch from Windows to Linux to use it) and has an interface more like MS Office did before the "one interface for both desktops and tablets" and "keep everything in the cloud" crazes took over (it's compatible with the file formats for the more recent MS versions, as well as the older ones).

    I haven't used their graphics tools, but I seem to remember reading that there's serious support for Wacom tablets and similar devices.

    Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

    by ebohlman on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 04:40:02 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the head's up (0+ / 0-)

      There are certain programs (or maybe they're technically applications; I'm not sure if I have the terms correct) that work in a specific way that I need.  If they don't work exactly same way, I can't use them.

      I plan on having the IT fellow I plan on asking to recover or fix W7 to clone the old HD from Windows 2000 Professional with all my programs and apps that work precisely the way I need them and put them in an HD that I can keep offline to use for the specific restorations, photos, and graphics I was working on because there were a bunch I didn't finish before the HD started with funny noises.  I have the backup HD, so between them I should be able to be restored back to what it was before.

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      by NonnyO on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 05:42:44 AM PDT

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      •  Virtualization Is a New-ish Thing that Will Help (0+ / 0-)

        It's kind of like having a "miniature computer" on your computer...you can load it with whatever operating system (Windows XP, Windows 2000,  Linux, FreeDOS, OS/2, whatever) and software you want...VirtualBox is good, and Microsoft has VirtualPC (I think the 2007 version of VirtualPC is free).

        Also, if you join the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), you can still get licenses for old MS software; unfortunately, MSDN is fairly pricey...

        •  VirtualBox (1+ / 0-)
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          Is also free software

          •  I can definitely vouch for VirtualBox (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm running three operating systems at the same time on my machine (Ubuntu 12.04, where I'm writing this; Windows 7 Pro; and Debian 7.5). The key to being able to do this is to have enough memory to split between the virtual machines, though you don't need 16GB like I have if you're only going to be running two OSs at once (I've been able to run 5 without problems).

            One caveat: if you need to run Windows XP for some reason, it tends to hog resources when run as a VM.

            Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

            by ebohlman on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 11:48:48 AM PDT

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