Originally Posted by Lhotse
Why are so
many gamers complaining about Windows 8 ? I can't even count the number of people both here and at Steam who have serious problems getting games to run with that OS.
I wonder if '8' is going to be the next 'Vista', where it seem's Microsoft get's it right every other time, as was the case with '2000' being awful, 'XP' being awesome, 'Vista' being a pile of crap and '7' being great.
This is completely inaccurate. Windows 8 differs from Windows 7 in only one key way: Instead of a start menu
, you have a start screen
. Outside of that, if you use "desktop" apps, everything is the same...with maybe a ribbon instead of a menu and toolbar thrown into the UI here and there. I have around a hundred games on Steam, and maybe a dozen on Origin. Outside of the classic Crysis 2 bug where you have to underclock the video card (which is a video card issue, not a OS issue), I have not had an issue with even one single game on either platform. Every single one of my games runs flawlessly on Windows 8. I'd also point out that I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8, then from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, and have been upgrading my video drivers for years without uninstalling the previous ones (all supposed no-noes and the primary culprits for "things going bad" with windows.) Running windows is no different than running any other operating system...you have to run it properly, maintain it properly, and avoid malware and sketchyware (i.e. don't throw on a gazillion useless "utilities" or muck with the registry or exhibit poor "system hygiene" by keeping drivers for multiple incompatible devices installed when you switch hardware brands or junk like that. Manage your Windows install properly, and it will run flawlessly...24/7/365...forever.)
In the even that you DO run into a problem with a game (which sometimes happens with older games even on Windows 7), you still have the trusty old feature that lets you change the Windows Compatibility mode. I had to change the Windows compatibility mode to Windows Vista to get Crysis 1 running properly (which I install off of DVD, as that was long before Origin and at the time I purchased it, was not on Steam.)
Windows 8.1 is not only a flawless operating system, in my experience it is simpler, easier to use, FASTER than Windows 7, has a much lower memory footprint (800mb boot load win 8 vs. 1.25-1.4Gb boot load win 7), and has never once given me any kind of error screen (blue or any other color) on multiple devices. Random disk I/O in Windows 8 is practically non-existent, something that previously was a real pain in my backside with Windows 7 and pior (I could never figure out why windows constantly accessed any disk that had system data on it.) Reports of Windows 8 becoming the next "Vista" are simply hearsay, speculation, and the ever-present vocal resistance to change that you always hear when change comes down the road. Windows 8 is light years
away from being "the next vista", and is a considerably more reliable operating system than Windows 7. Not to mention the fact that it is a far more versatile operating system, supporting kb/mouse as well as a multitude of touch devices and touch-capable apps. Instead of spreading more rumors and hatemongering about an operating system you've never tried...how about actually try it FIRST...and enjoy the gaming benefits it brings to the table with more performance and lower overhead.
(Assuming, that is, that you have properly maintained your current windows install and properly manage any upgrade to Windows 8.1...if not, then I HIGHLY recommend you clean out your system to eliminate unnecessary old drivers, eliminate old unused programs, etc. or install on a clean boot drive...otherwise, any problems are your own fault!)