Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:56 UTC
Windows Yes, the day is finally drawing closer: the day Windows XP died. October 22, 2010 will be the final and definitive day for the venerable operating system, since OEMs will no longer be able to pre-load it on netbooks after that day. I might not make myself popular around here with this, but thank god, it's about time that pile of junk is taken behind the shed.
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RE[3]: XP64 == XP
by REM2000 on Sat 12th Jun 2010 16:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP64 == XP"
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

If you are a gamer then and upgrade to Windows 7 simply for DirectX 10/11. More and more games are moving over.

I have a Quad Core Intel, 2GB RAM, nVidia 9800.

I used to run WindowsXP as this machine is mainly for games (I use a mac for my day to day stuff at home).

Windows 7 offers a lot more than XP. Better file transfers and file operations as 7 makes better use of memory for caching data. I notice a big difference when copying files to my server.

Better use of the cores and video cards provides a noticeably faster machine. However also usability wise windows 7 provides a more easier and faster system to interact with, aero peek i couldn't do without and it really makes a difference when using a computer daily both at home for games and at work for work related tasks.

I never was a fan of XP, i much preferred Windows 2000. However 7 does offer a lot and makes greater use of modern hardware.

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RE[4]: XP64 == XP
by WereCatf on Sat 12th Jun 2010 19:06 in reply to "RE[3]: XP64 == XP"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I used to run WindowsXP as this machine is mainly for games (I use a mac for my day to day stuff at home).

Windows 7 offers a lot more than XP. Better file transfers and file operations as 7 makes better use of memory for caching data. I notice a big difference when copying files to my server.


Copying stuff to/from server isn't related to gaming. Personally, I have not noticed any difference in network performance between XP and 7, perhaps due to still using 100mbit/s where the bottle cap is the network, not the performance of either of the computers themselves. If you notice a difference of performance in 100mbit/s network then you have had something configured really wrong or malfunctioning drivers I'd say.

Better use of the cores and video cards provides a noticeably faster machine.

My framerate in WoW dropped from 37fps to 13fps between XP and 7. "Faster" isn't the wording I'd use. However, for multicore machines I do suspect 7 would do better than XP. 7 has a better refined scheduler.

aero peek i couldn't do without and it really makes a difference when using a computer daily both at home for games and at work for work related tasks.

That is indeed a pretty handy ability, but that's still not related to gaming, really. And I can't remember the name of the application which does provide the same feature for XP, so it's not something you need to buy 7 in order to have.

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by biffuz on Sun 13th Jun 2010 15:49 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

My framerate in WoW dropped from 37fps to 13fps between XP and 7. "Faster" isn't the wording I'd use. However, for multicore machines I do suspect 7 would do better than XP. 7 has a better refined scheduler.


That's strange, I don't remember seeing any difference in WoW when I moved from XP to 7 on my dual core. Not a 70% drop, anyway.
I had problems with older games, instead.

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