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What is the most compatible post-XP OS for games?

#1TrulyEpicLawlsPosted 4/8/2014 8:02:10 PM(edited)
Since XP support is ending in a few hours and apparently becoming a timebomb waiting to take all your personal details and give it to someone in the Phillipines to buy child porn with, it'd be good to know if any of the post-XP OSes are at least as compatible and friendly as XP is.

I remember when XP came along and people hated it because a lot of games they had wouldn't start and get errors. Then XP eventually got most games working. Then I remember XP users hating I think Windows 7 or Vista for the same reason.

What's the situation now? Obviously new games will be fine, but what about games a few years older? Is Windows 7's compatibility mode faultless?
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#2PaukenPosted 4/8/2014 7:19:48 PM
7 is great for compatibility, since most things will work with just a small amount of workarounds, if any at all.

By comparison 8 and it's ilk removed DirectDraw support entirely, killing support for all DirectX based 2D games. Stay away from it.
#3TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 4/8/2014 7:22:32 PM
Windows 7 worked fine for me, and Windows 8 works just as well too. Sure I have some problems with older games, that's pretty inevitable with new operating systems. However a bit of Google magic has always helped. I can run games from the Windows 95 era just fine with a bit of fixing. Sites like the Steam forums and the PCGamingWiki help with technical issues.
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#4DragnfyrPosted 4/8/2014 7:25:19 PM
Most gamers use Windows 7 or Windows 8 now. According to the Steam stats only 5% of users are still using XP which is probably a pretty accurate reflection of the whole PC gaming market.

Also Windows 7 and Windows 8 tend to be much better for modern games than XP since games are not designed for XP any more. In fact some games which have dropped support for DX9 can't even run on XP. Game compatibility is not really an issue except for maybe some really old games but I think most of them have workarounds. What do you consider games that are "a few years older"? In general anything post-2005 or post-2006 shouldn't have any major issues running on Windows 7 or Windows 8.

And XP support ended today.
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#5TrulyEpicLawls(Topic Creator)Posted 4/8/2014 8:03:23 PM
Dragnfyr posted...
And XP support ended today.


I was supposed to put "in a few hours".
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#6ThunderPotatoPosted 4/9/2014 1:52:06 AM(edited)
Just use 8. Anything that doesn't work in 8, is so old it probably has a source port or you'd want to run it in a Virtual environment anyways.(install your copy of XP in VM) That way you don't have to worry about newer Direct X version exclusivity to Win8.
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#7daemon_danPosted 4/9/2014 2:00:28 AM
It's funny that people think Windows XP is a security risk right when MS ends support. Reality check time.
MS' original stance was that they would never support an OS for more than 10 years. They broke their own rule. Twice. For XP.
XP has been getting pounded on for THIRTEEN GOD DAMN YEARS. It's BEEN a security risk for awhile. No MS support simply means they won't keep trying to patchwork fixes to security holes.

And use either 7 or 8 and install your old XP install on a virtual machine. No compatibility issues that way
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#8Bellum_SacrumPosted 4/9/2014 3:22:57 AM
People proposing VMs as a solution have me convinced that noone knows what they're talking about.

VMs are terrible for accuracy, they can't even do threads right.
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#9claytonbuckleyPosted 4/9/2014 3:25:33 AM
SteamOS
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#10SinisterSlayPosted 4/9/2014 5:31:25 AM
If it's an xp machine, it will probably run like crap with Windows 7.
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