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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 6:26PM Faction 3 said

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Beau kicks ass!

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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 7:03PM Gmans said

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You shouldn't be installing Vista... Worst OS out there Downgrade to XP or just live with the rest of us in heaven with Windows 7... Windows Vista has and is will always be a pile of crap

Posted: Jun 8th 2011 12:08AM Kaahn Stewart said

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@Gmans

This man speaks truth!
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 9:27PM nathanb said

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I second Gmans's promotion of Windows 7; if you are going to go through the pain on a new install, Windows 7 would be better use of your valuable game time and it would take a lot less of it. Shell out some of that hard earned writer's salery for the $125. :) I do however, disagree with his (and may other's) opinion of Vista. It wasn't all that bad.... if you had mainstream high end hardware (like I have) then you won't have any issues. i.e. EVGA mother board with Intel chipset, EVGA video card, forced to buy the crappy X-Fi creative card, etc.
Windows 7 is by far a much more optimized OS than Vista. I have played with it on low end (2GB Ram & early 2Ghz AMD 64-bit dual core machines) and very pleased with the results.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 9:34PM ActiveNick said

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I also agree with Nathan. Windows 7 is such an amazing OS, but it owes a lot of thanks to Vista. Sure, Vista was a memory hog and sacrificed performance a bit, but it was also so much more secure than XP, and the UI enhancements truly made more sense. The primary problem with Vista is OEMs did not write good drivers for it, so that caused more compatibility issues.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 9:39PM nathanb said

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I also share your sentiment about having to upgrade machines every couple year to keep them capable of running the current games.... I did this for several years straight where I would go to NewEgg, spend $2k-3k on hardware ("spare no expense") and then proceed to upgrade the extended family over the next few months (I have a very grateful extended family). I had a chronic case of upgrade-itis as I lusted after new technology whenever Intel added more cores or NVidia made even hotter cards to heat my room in the winder months. I did this until the X58 chipset... and then said enough. Only major purchase last year were GTX 480s for DX11... which upgraded to 580s through step up. Thank you EVGA.
I really have not run into a game that I can't run smoothly.... as time to goes on... the wisdom sinks in.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 9:42PM nathanb said

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@ActiveNick - yeah... I remember those crappy Video drivers that would blue screen.... and we'd get new ones every week. At least now with Windows 7 drivers out there are no more blue screens.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 9:46PM nathanb said

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and hardware manufacturers were not all to blame... there was a lot of software that just wasn't equipped to work with User Account Control.... it caused more of a headache then any benefit it provided.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 11:42PM Xpress0 said

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As someone quite not so initiated in the secrets of Windows - could some of you people perhaps explain what the difference between Vista and W7 is (from a gaming perspective)?

I'm currently running Vista SP2 and I'm quite happy with it, but the major consensus seems to be against it.

Posted: Jun 8th 2011 12:12AM Kaahn Stewart said

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@Xpress0

Windows 7 has a lot of the Windows Vista aesthetic with overall better functionality and usability. A lot of the games that didn't work or didn't work well with Vista are running smooth as butter on my Windows 7 machine.
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Posted: Jun 9th 2011 12:07PM nathanb said

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Windows 7 has a lot less overhead and boots much faster than Vista; I'd say it could get away with a machine running 2GB where Vista would require at least 4GB, which is ideal on those odd Motherboards with 2 memory slots and you're too cheap to upgrade your sticks. Some say it's what Vista should have been.... or it should have been Vista SP1.
Resource wise... I'd say it's very close to Windows XP, but adds 64-bit support which is vital with today's hardware, so that you can address over the 3GB memory limit of the 32-bit OS, providing more room for your applications.
Other than that, UAC is probably the only major change applicable to games... it's a little "smarter", but I still shut it off on the game machine.

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