I'll try to keep this long story short. Hopefully, someone can suggest a solution that doesn't require a lot of time and money.
I have a 10 month old little girl and have been, for several months now, making a slideshow video of her photos with Microsoft's Photo Story 3 for Windows XP. My old computer was unable to handle that much data. As the video grew larger, the quality grew smaller. The timing I had set up for audio/video was all off. From time to time, the system would lock up all together. To compensate, I built a new machine (it was time for that anyway) and donated the old machine to my mom. I'm running the new 64 bit version of Windows. So far, I've been able to install everything...excecpt Photo Story 3! Ironic, right? That's the program I built this system for. I'm praying I can finish this video and get it copied to DVD's in time for the holidays.
Do any of you have a suggestion as to what my next move should be?
So far, the best I can come up with is: buy Windows XP Pro and forget about the 64 bit OS for a while. This, of course, means I'll be spending another $150 for an OS, have to backup my data, format my drives, reinstall the new (older) OS, restore the backed up data..etc. It's just a pain. When After that, I'd probably uninstall XP Pro and reinstall the 64 bit version. XP Pro would go back in the box and collect dust. Waste of money for sure.
I have other older versions of Windows here at the house, but Photo Story 3 only runs on XP. I still have the older machine--the one I'm donating to Mom--here at the house as well. It is running XP Home. I thought about switching OS's with her until January, but you and I both know Microsoft isn't going to go for that.
Another possible solution, maybe, is to make a little partition on my drives for XP Home. I could install that OS and Photo Story 3 only. I could work on the video until the OS expires (because I will not be able to validate it while it's on my mom's PC too). After it expires (30 days), I'll just format that partition and reinstall XP Home. Think that could work?
Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.
For those of you who are interested....here is the link to my little girl's web page.