Well, it's up to you, but I would. I get results that I like with a dedicated capture machine running Windows XP SP3. I restored a computer my family bought long ago, put a new HDD in it, and installed Windows XP SP3, fully patched, and then loaded the software and drivers for my video card (which is an ATI All-In-Wonder) onto that machine. Other than VirtualDub
, MyPal web browser, and a couple of other tools, there is no other software on the computer. This means it boots up extremely quickly and video transfer projects don't have competition for CPU, RAM, or disk space. Note that Windows XP 32-bit cannot properly make use of more than 3 GB of RAM. Older software doesn't know how to properly make use of lots of cores, either, so a processor with fewer cores but fast clock speeds works well.