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What Operating System Do You Use For Gaming?

DamonDamon Naples, FLPosts: 165Member

I saw someone make a post that 50% of gamers use Windows XP as their operating system.  So, I thought I would post a poll for those of us here, and see what truth we could find among ourselves.

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  • kanezfankanezfan margate, FLPosts: 482Member

    WIndows XP for years until I decided to buy a gaming laptop that came with Windows 7. I don't care what my operating system is for gaming, I just use whatever I have at the time. If I buy a gaming laptop with Windows 8 in a year, then that's what I'll use.

    I used to build my own computers but I just don't care to anymore.

  • KaeriganKaerigan None Of Your BusinessPosts: 689Member

    Windows 7 64-bit for the win.

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  • PhryPhry HampshirePosts: 6,288Member Uncommon

    short of being a techie type, theres only 2 OS's that i would consider suitable for gaming, and thats XP and win 7 64 bit version..  Vista and Win 8..  ones a lemon and the other is an itunes wannabee.. image

  • fenistilfenistil GliwicePosts: 3,005Member

    Windows 8 Release Candidate 64-bit

  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Phry

    short of being a techie type, theres only 2 OS's that i would consider suitable for gaming, and thats XP and win 7 64 bit version..  Vista and Win 8..  ones a lemon and the other is an itunes wannabee.. image

     

    See if you were a bit of a techy you'd know that Vista SP2 is Windows 7 so that lemon is more like fresh home made lemonade nowadays. I use Vista SP2 32bit as most games do not utilise 64bit OS' so its a bit of a misnomer using one unless you play a lot of 64bit games. When I played WoW many moons ago I used Slackware Linux now there's a proper operating system hand configured from the install no wizards to be found anyway other actually in WoW of course.

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  • RequiamerRequiamer ???Posts: 2,034Member

    people are still using xp? amazing.

  • JerYnkFanJerYnkFan Kenilworth, NJPosts: 339Member Uncommon

    Windows 7 Pro 64bit

  • WorstluckWorstluck the valley, CAPosts: 1,269Member
    Originally posted by Requiamer

    people are still using xp? amazing.

     

    Xp is still very popular in the slightly less developed parts of the world.  Places that have internet infrastructure but just aren't caught up to us. 

     

    I work in the tech support field and provide some software support for thousands of independent contracters here in NA and I would say that maybe 25-30% of the people I help still use Xp, with most using 7 and the odd Vista here and there.  However these people are not gamers in the least.  100% of them just buy their computers at Walmart and Best Buy and use them until they break.  Every gamer that I personally know uses 7 nowadays.  Xp can still function fine for most games though.

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  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Requiamer

    people are still using xp? amazing.

     

    Why not is a better question its rock solid and supports over a deacdes worth of games.

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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member


    Originally posted by Calerxes

    Originally posted by Requiamer people are still using xp? amazing.
     

    Why not is a better question its rock solid and supports over a deacdes worth of games.



    Yup. It just works.

    Anyway, I started using XP because WoW ran better there instead of under Linux and Wine. I didn't seem to have any of the weird issues my friends had though...it just didn't run as smoothly under Linux.

    My perfect system would be to run a Linux machine, and then run various virtual machines for whatever OS worked best for the game or software I wanted to use. While this can work now for a lot of software, gaming isn't a recommended use.

    ** edit **
    From what I've heard, if you can get a machine with 4gb of ram or better (more is better) Windows 7 64 bit is the way to go.

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  • fenistilfenistil GliwicePosts: 3,005Member
    Originally posted by lizardbones

     


    Originally posted by Calerxes

    Originally posted by Requiamer people are still using xp? amazing.
     

     

    Why not is a better question its rock solid and supports over a deacdes worth of games.



    Yup. It just works.

    Anyway, I started using XP because WoW ran better there instead of under Linux and Wine. I didn't seem to have any of the weird issues my friends had though...it just didn't run as smoothly under Linux.


     

    Well it will never run as good under Linux as it does under Windows. 

     

    Cause it is Windows version run using wine wrapper / "something similar to emulator".

     

    If Blizzard would make native Linux version then it could run as good as under Windows.

  • BanquettoBanquetto CityPosts: 1,037Member Uncommon

    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit


    XP might work perfectly well for launching games but my PC is used for a lot more than just gaming, so obviously I want to run a modern OS on it, not one that is more than a decade old.

  • DamonDamon Naples, FLPosts: 165Member

    Thank you, everyone.  It seems that Windows 7 is used by most of us, which makes sense to me.

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  • The_KorriganThe_Korrigan EastPosts: 2,630Member

    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits - nice original black box from Microsoft :)

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 17,949Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Calerxes
    Originally posted by Requiamer

    people are still using xp? amazing.

    Why not is a better question its rock solid and supports over a deacdes worth of games.

    As long as you have lessthan 4 gigs of total memory and a gfx card that only supports dx9 you are right.

    My personal MS OS ever was win2K, it was really solid but I eventually had to move to XP to be able to play all games.

    But XP can´t run a modern gaming computer anymore and it really isn´t so great as many people think, it is all the years of fixing it up that paid off, win 7 is already as stable.

    Vista on the other hand never really became good, just as Windows ME never did either.

  • SunscourSunscour Grant, ALPosts: 153Member Uncommon

    It depends where I sit in my house.

    I use either Vista (kinda sucks if I am trying to load new games) or Windows 7.

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  • The_KorriganThe_Korrigan EastPosts: 2,630Member
    Originally posted by Loke666

    My personal MS OS ever was win2K, it was really solid but I eventually had to move to XP to be able to play all games.

    I stuck with Win2K a long time too, but at a point I moved to Windows XP Pro 64bits for professional reasons. Win2K was an excellent, rock solid and stable OS.

    Completely skipped Vista too - talk about a pile of crap. I directly upgraded my XP 64 bit to 7 Ultimate 64 bits, and the upgrade was flawless.

    My favorite MS OS is definitely Windows 7. A very good OS with everything one would need included. I will most likely completely skip Windows 8 like I skipped Vista, tried it and there's nothing I want over 7, looks like another bloated pile of crap ruining a very good OS.

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  • RasputinRasputin gnaf, AKPosts: 604Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Damon

    I saw someone make a post that 50% of gamers use Windows XP as their operating system.  So, I thought I would post a poll for those of us here, and see what truth we could find among ourselves.

    No, the claim was not 50% of GAMERS, but 50% of PCs.

    The issue discussed in the original thread was not so much the amount of current gamers, but rather the POTENTIAL audience, which many game companies are very focused on - they want to expand the audience playing MMO's. You don't do that by cutting out a potential market of 45-50%.

  • RasputinRasputin gnaf, AKPosts: 604Member Uncommon

    Also, as I point out in the last post on the original thread, the fact that XBox 360 is also DirectX 9, is an additional factor in holding back the move to DirectX 10+.

     

    http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/post/5114156#5114156

  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,906Member Uncommon

    XP x64 and Win 7 64bit.  I don't see a switch to Win 8 for several years.  I try to avoid dot zero technology when possible.


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  • WoopinWoopin LeedsPosts: 1,038Member Uncommon

    Stopped using XP when I upgraded my PC to over 4GB this was a long time ago. Plus the limitation to DX9 too was annoying don't get me wrong XP was stable but so is Windows 7 for me only time I ever had issues gaming was when my CPU overheated due to the fact I needed to re-thermal paste my CPU. So I can't complain XP was solid for me but so is Windows 7.

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  • ET3DET3D Posts: 227Member Uncommon

    Been using Vista x64, but I plan to finally upgrade to 7 soon. I had a license for 7 since it was released, but Vista was okay and I always felt that reinstalling was too much for a hassle for a minimal upgrade. Now that I bought an SSD it's a good opportunity to install 7. Plus I have so much useless junk on my Vista installation that it's about time I did a clean install.

  • JoeyMMOJoeyMMO SomewherePosts: 1,326Member

    I thought about 50% of all computers were still running XP. When it comes to gaming machines, I'd consider it to be significantly less than that. Gamers will want the newer machines and when Win7 (64) works so well you'd be a bit weird to stick with XP on a new machine.

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  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCPosts: 6,255Member Uncommon

    I wonder why Vista was so bad for gaming.

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  • The_KorriganThe_Korrigan EastPosts: 2,630Member
    Originally posted by JoeyMMO

    I thought about 50% of all computers were still running XP. When it comes to gaming machines, I'd consider it to be significantly less than that. Gamers will want the newer machines and when Win7 (64) works so well you'd be a bit weird to stick with XP on a new machine.

    Steam data shows that the vast majority (over 70%) of gamers use Windows 7 now.

    Source: http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/?platform=pc

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