I have a 4.5-year-old computer that currently runs Windows Vista, but I would like to upgrade it to Windows 7 so that I can upgrade to Lightroom 5. LR5 doesn't support Vista. The performance is lacking these days, and it's time for a fresh OS install.
I would do a clean install instead of an upgrade, and also take the opportunity to move to an SSD instead of a conventional hard drive. The two existing (1 TB, 2 TB) drives would remain as storage, while adding a new SSD for the OS and another SSD for Lightroom catalogs, preview cache, and image files for stuff actively being worked on.
Are there any issues with Lightroom installation and licensing that I should be aware of? A bit of Googling suggests that there is no "deactivate" function in Lightroom as there is in several other Adobe apps.
I intend to purchase and download LR5 as an upgrade version. I don't think I ever had a boxed copy of Lightroom. It was apparently version 3 when I started with a full version, and I later updated to 4. All legally acquired from Adobe. How do I demonstrate my upgrade elgibility on a system with no prior Lightroom installed (because of the fresh Windows build)?
I may eventually upgrade my motherboard board, too, as the current one doesn't support SATA rev 3, but despite that, I expect a noticeable improvement in performance by utilizing SSDs.