I'm one of very few people at my company who does graphic work, and I do quite a lot of it. Headquarters doesn't quite get that graphics work requires different hardware than, for example, sales work, which is pretty much email/Excel/Powerpoint/web browser and that's it. So they give everybody the same low-end rental PCs to work on.
This was tolerable when we were all on XP.
Recently I got "upgraded" to a new computer, which happens every two years or so as leases expire. The catch: the new PC had the same Core 2 Duo processor that the previous one did, less RAM, it runs Windows 7 instead of XP, and all the Creative Suite applications have been upgraded from CS3 to CS5! I am the first in my office to get 7.
So now I am in a situation where I have the slowest machine in the office, yet I have to do the most demanding work. I got them to OK 2 more gigabytes of RAM, and I hoped that would solve the issues, but it just isn't helping that much at all. I actually have to reboot every day after lunch because the machine stops responding after wake if you leave it asleep for too long.
I am currently talking to Information Systems to see if I can get a capable machine, but it does not bode well for me. Can anyone share any performance optimizations for Win7 that I might be able to use?
Thank you very much in advance! SS