Old topic, I know, but I thought if I asked my question here instead of starting a new thread at least people who have experience with this issue would be alerted.
I am currently using a Scrivener free trial on my husband’s Win 11 laptop. I am using version 3.1.4 64-bit. I have gotten a lot of work done during the trial and want to migrate everything back to my own laptop and purchase the license.
My own laptop is an x200 ThinkPad bought new in 2008. It has been upgraded with a 3T SSD, 8 mb RAM, and now runs on Win7, which is the optimal OS for this machine, as it has a dual core processor, which cannot be upgraded.
Because of the dual core processor, upgrading to Win10 isn’t optimal, and upgrading to Win11 is probably impossible.
I use this machine just for writing. I have tried buying newer laptops so that I can stay current with the OS, however I am in a small subset of the population that finds the newer graphics cards hurt my eyes and give me such a bad headache, it is impossible to look at the screen for long (Intel has been notified by numerous people but refuses to acknowledge there is a problem). I do all my internet research and web browsing on a tablet using Android. This setup has worked great for me and I really would prefer to not change it. (Also, as fellow writers, you no doubt understand the attachment to particular tools.) So I have had to return those new laptops–I think I tried about four different kinds of graphics cards, all with the same result.
I am doing the trial period of Scrivener on the older Win 11 machine because I was told Scrivener is incompatible with Win 7. But now I am seeing in this fairly contemporary thread that some people do use it with Win 7.
My plan had been to try upgrading my ThinkPad to Win10, knowing it might not work very well. However, if it is at all possible to use Scrivener with Win 7, that would vastly be my preference.
Can anyone here advise me as to how to proceed with purchasing the same version of Scrivener I am using on trial and putting it on the ThinkPad running Win 7?
My only other option if that fails is to install a dual boot of Linux Mint on the ThinkPad (also an optimal OS for that machine). I am running Office 2016 in Win 7, however, and Word 2016 is my preferred non-Scrivener word processor, and I dislike the Linux word processor, so if Scrivener can run flawlessly with Linux Mint that would be the only reason I would install it.
Sorry for being so long-winded but thought I’d head off any dead-end suggestions.
First preference: run Scrivener on Win7-- what are the steps?
Second preference: run Scrivener on Win10 (assuming it will run on my machine without causing problems like slowness or overheating)
Third preference: run Scrivener on Linux Mint (assuming they will run together without issues)