My longtime friend and DAW, running XP and serving honorably since 2003, finally went four paws up the other day.
Since I'm doing a lot more video production these days, I had already set up a fairly decent Windows 7 box to run all the Adobe stuff I'm using. So, it was obviously time to bring over the DAW tools and use a single, central box.
Why haven't I done this before? If it works, don't fix it. Besides, we all know what a nightmare it is trying to reauthorize all your software, plugins, etc. I wasn't looking forward to the experience.
I had Waves 5 Gold that I spent around a grand for. Gone. Doesn't support Windows 7, and they're such a nightmare company to deal with I vowed long ago to never give them another dime. I'll be searching for a new company to buy compressors, parametric EQ, etc. from.
Lost AutoTune 4 for the same reason. They've always been such an incredibly cool and helpful company to deal with, I'll gladly spend $70 to upgrade to AutoTune Evo.
And then there's GPO 4. Gone are the days of hassling with the Native Instruments licensing stuff. Instead, the Aria engine uses copy protection (which I truly hope is effective) that is so drop dead simple for the user it's astounding. I dragged my old license image onto the player. And it just works.
As I go through the painful and tedious process of getting the stuff moved over, dealing with the collateral damage of mixes that no longer work because I've lost the plugins, etc., GPO is the one bright spot in the experience.