I enjoyed editing RAWs on my wife's laptop, but I want to work on my computer since I realized how my LCD monitor shows more detail of the photos I took (even nicer than an HD TV). Problem is that I have a Canon T5/1200D and windows XP. On the laptop I had no issues due to running Win 8 with Photoshop CC. Now that I know that my camera is not supported because of an older version of Windows & Photoshop I am very angry that they want to use a marketing strategy on me so that I can see that fancy RAW editor's panel.
Is there a way to work around this? I was reading that a free CR2 to DNG converter may be an option, but it could mess with the compression, not to mention that I would only be able to open my RAWs - not edit them in Camera Raw.
Then I checked out Lightroom and same update issue as well.
After using Vista and Windows 8 I say no, thank you. I'll stick to something that doesn't freeze on me, lose function of programes with automatic updates, give me a headache and I can depend on all the time. Upgrading your new camera is a different scenario - you will likely have new features, better ISO, IQ etc.
In this case they want me to purchase a new computer with a newer OS, which in my opinion does not worth the money since I'm not a professional photographer.
Any help/suggestion would be appreciated!