Wanted to play some of my games on my laptop for Windows 8, but hey, the drivers were not available for windows 8, so I tried the Windows 7 versions, somehow, they aren't compatible (despite being the same architecture). It came to a head when I re-downloaded minecraft on here thinking it should work, and it doesn't because windows 8 doesn't support openGL unless you have either an ATI or NVidia gfx card, and I am running from my intel board no this thing. Yup, done...table flipped.
Windows 7 or bust, especially when gaming is involved.
Thing is, it works for games like Europa Universalis 3, Oblivion, Rome Total War, Hearts of Iron 2, but when it comes to minecraft, nope, no joy! not impressed! lol
I have no problems with Win 8 on gaming, I've actually seen a performance improvement (going by experience and feeling instead of raw FPS scores). The only game I have had issues with was Minecraft which funnily enough is a game at loggerheads with MS over certification. Fixed by using 64-bit Java and patching OpenAL.dll sound libraries, wasn't tied to MS issues.
jugglerjoe (13th June 2013)
you lot call yourselves IT people? sort it out.
I run Windows 8 on my desktop at home - not had any issues with gaming personally. Minecraft seems fine too, but then I have an AMD GFX card in there.
How it is it an awful release?? Its Windows 7 with Metro screen across the front of it.
The issue with people and Windows 8 is the fact you have to do something different to press start. Pathetic really.
I've got to agree with Robjduk.
FN-GM (17th June 2013)
My PC is fine, I run a ATI5990 in it, does the job nicely, with no issues, its just my laptop giving me grief, so I went back to W7
I use Win8 at both home and work.
At home, I use Metro (to help me get used to being able to support it, should any of our customers need help).
At work, I use Classic Start Menu, to help me navigate amongst my myriad of installed programs more quickly.
Windows 8 from a design/optimisation point of view is very fast, but it's Metro that puts people off. I think most users just don't understand it or don't wish to. Microsoft did make the wrong decision not to allow users to restore the Start Menu from the available options.
The latest stats are that copies of Windows 8 in use are very comparable with that of Windows Vista, which isn't too surprising. The millions of licenses sold means nothing and it's silly Microsoft officials keep quoting these numbers.
CAM (17th June 2013)
Windows 8 isn't a Vista. Vista was flawed on it's release and took a great deal of time to put right. TBH, it's not too bad now, but given the superiority of W7 it's best to let it lie.
I'm using W8 and find it stable, fast and reliable. The only perceived problem with W8, which cannot be blamed on the developers as it was a decision taken by higher-ups, is the new interface. The decision taken to not allow the choice of start screens was something that I suspect OS designers and management types will still be discussing in many years time.
Let's not confuse a bad OS with a bad decision.
*I'm using an alternative start menu as well.
Davit2005 (20th June 2013)
I agree Win Vista SP2 actually runs OK when installed and irons out a lot of bugs. Here's hoping Microsoft will get it right with Windows 8.1.
Damn... thought you said you were down with Windows 8 in the title.
Not sure what benfits you get from W8 except a baby start screen. FA to do with learning a new OS, more to do with time management.
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