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« on: April 13, 2013, 04:44:48 AM »

So it turns out that I can't play Bioshock: Infinite now even if I wanted to... because it doesn't run on Windows XP ( icon_mad) and I'm one of the few who hasn't bothered to upgrade his Windows OS for years. I need opinions, what is better for PC gaming right now: Windows 7 or 8. I like the spiffy new look of Windows 8, but I'm hearing it's not ready for PC gaming and that many are sticking with Windows 7. What does the GT hive-mind say?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 05:03:24 AM »

Got Windows 8 with a new pc when it came out.  Since that time, I switched back to win 7.  Everything played just fine on 8 but I just could not get used to it no matter how much I tweaked it.  So for the time being Im sticking with 7 and unless the next OS version returns to a similar format as win 7 I guess I will be like you in a few years with a decision to make. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013, 10:08:01 AM »

I have Windows 8, and every single game in my Steam library that I have checked works on it flawlessly. in certain cases the games even run better due to some optimizations in Win 8. And if you are a fan of the standard windows start menu, you can always add it in easily.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 01:51:08 PM »

My gaming pc runs windows 8. I don't like 8 much, but it's been just fine for gaming.
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2013, 02:21:08 PM »

Either one is just fine for PC gaming. Don't let that drive your choice.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2013, 06:49:14 PM »

Quote from: JCC on April 13, 2013, 01:51:08 PM

My gaming pc runs windows 8. I don't like 8 much, but it's been just fine for gaming.

Same here; I upgraded for X-Com. I chose Windows 8 because it's a lot cheaper.

And I don't know if this is objectively true, but I do feel that a lot of programs (Steam especially) and games run A LOT faster on Win8 than on WinXP.
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013, 12:05:43 AM »

I know one game that doesn't work with Windows 8. The Sims Medieval with latest patch doesn't work because of the DRM. If you can find the patch that remove the DRM, it'll run without any problem on Windows 8.

Windows 8 seems to be more stable than Windows 7 for me.

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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 03:35:33 AM »

Quote from: The Rocketman on April 13, 2013, 06:49:14 PM

Quote from: JCC on April 13, 2013, 01:51:08 PM

My gaming pc runs windows 8. I don't like 8 much, but it's been just fine for gaming.

Same here; I upgraded for X-Com. I chose Windows 8 because it's a lot cheaper.

And I don't know if this is objectively true, but I do feel that a lot of programs (Steam especially) and games run A LOT faster on Win8 than on WinXP.

I would expect this to be true.  we're talking three major os versions difference, not to mention moving from 32 bit to 64 bit, most likely.

I'm sticking with 7.  I satisfied all of my curiosity about 8 through the job and I won't be upgrading until the games and the directx version starts to impact what I can play.  Not a fan of the metro interface and unless I can kill it completely, I'll happily avoid upgrading. 
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013, 08:08:30 AM »

There's a few games these days that can only be played on Windows 8, but other than that, it seems Windows 7 is still the most popular, due to the huge divergence in UI from 7 to 8.

We got a windows 8 machine here at work, and we installed windows 7 on it rather fast though, since we hated it.
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013, 03:11:39 PM »

Do be aware that there are some older games that do run on Windows 7 that some folks have had trouble getting to run on Windows 8. For instance, when Dangerous Waters was made available on Steam a bunch of folks couldn't get it to work under Win8, while it ran fine for me under 64bit Win7. I'm not aware of other instances, but there might be others out there.
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