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305w ago - Today (via IGN, linked above) Microsoft offers its top seven reasons for a PC gamer to get the new operating system this October:

1) Performance

To quote a coworker: 'Across same hardware, Crysis runs awesome on Win7! Even better than XP!'. Code for the OS has been optimized for better all around performance for games. Whatever you're playing now should be a better experience in Windows 7.

2) Compatibility

The top third-party games, services, and international versions of games have been tested in Windows 7, so you should not worry about Windows 7 breaking your games. Feel free to move to Windows 7 because whatever you're playing now should work fabulously in Windows 7.

3) Discoverability

You can use Start -> Search to find any game you just downloaded or installed. No need to launch a separate application. Likewise, you won't need to launch a game to get more info about it: The Windows 7 Games Explorer can show you in-game statistics within a preview pane plus delivers up-to-date info about your favorite game publishers and gives you the opportunity to try new games.

4) Easy updates

The new Games Explorer will notify you whenever updates are available for your games so you don't have to go searching for them yourself or have to launch the game to see if there's an update waiting.

5) DirectX 11 support

DirectX 11 means better games, pure and simple, with more advanced features for games to use.

6) Multitouch support

An increasing number of gamers are using mutltouch devices. Windows 7 supports multitouch-capable machines, so you can buy the latest and greatest multitouch laptop or desktop confident it's going to work in Windows 7.

7) Classics

Here's a bonus reason for you: Windows 7 is going to bring back Internet Backgammon, Internet Spades, and Internet Checkers because you can't spend all your time hardcore.

Microsoft's Top 7 Reasons for a PC Gamer to Get Windows 7

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#10 - CompTronicsTec - 298w ago
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Honestly i ran both beta and rc windows 7, and it ran games drastically worse then with xp on the same machine. No doubt that win7 is much better then vista in many respects...but games was the only area that win7 had trouble and did not impress me.

In CSS i went from a consistant 70 fps in XP to no higher then 30fps in windows 7, and the gameplay was choppy and seemed to lag more (on the same hardware).

I chalked it up to immature video drivers for windows 7...

I have to agree with another persons point about compiz (in Ubuntu)... same if not better 3d visual elements on the desktop...but it doesnt hog resources to use.

While windows 7 is better with resources... it still is a huge install. Ubuntu 9.04 takes up aprox 2.5gb fresh install.

I just wish that MS would realize that there is a large segment of people out there who want a solid, not flashy, OS that is fast and resource efficient. Either that or i wish another company would make a true alternative to windows thats light weight... windows compatible without all the junk.

This is why people have clinged to XP for so long. You can still buy new computers with XP on it, thats just crazy and yet MS doesnt get it.

#9 - mofokid - 298w ago
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I haven't kept up with win7, let alone directx 11 will debut at the same time. I really want to see the different with dx10 vs dx11, I know its going to be big but I still wanna see it for myself. What suck is that I've only owned my geforce 285gtx for less than a yr and I'm going to have to upgrade from that if a game I like is on dx11 >.

#8 - roostr - 299w ago
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The thing that I like about 7 is that is has a XP mode. Its great that the new OS can play all of the new games without you hitting your head trying to get them to work, but I still have a large collection of older games that I still love to play and tend not to work on newer systems. There are a number of games from the 95-98 era that I really loved to play, but when I try to run them in XP, they just crash. I wish they would have built XP with better backwards capability.

#7 - postal808 - 299w ago
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Been running Win7 Ultimate Release Candidate (forgot build number) for a few months now on a:

Core i7 920 @ 3.2ghz (air)
Corsair 1000w modular psu
Visiontek ATi Radeon HD 4870X2
Antec 1200
2 - 600GB HDD's @7200rpm
1 - 1TB HDD @7200rpm
1 - 1.5TB HDD @7200rpm
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Linux Ubuntu Jaunty x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64

And what i can definitely tell, both gaming or just OS usage is it uses less resources than Vista, i get few more FPS in games including, Crysis, ArmA 2, etc.

I will definitely get Win 7 Ultimate x64 at release as it impresses me.

#6 - gaurab - 299w ago
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Two main reason I hate vista:

1. Resource hungry: The same cool graphics (with better and more options) you can get with Compiz, and KWin for a much less powerful computer.

2. It takes 20 GB to install a bare minimum system.

If they haven't done any improvement in these areas then I am sticking with XP. I use windows just for Games and Netflix anyways.

#5 - apie - 300w ago
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I'm running Windows 7 RTM Professional x64 from MSDN right now. I really have to say that i just recognized minor speed improvement in 3D games compared to Vista Business x64.

Booting seems a litte bit faster to me... The desktop enviroment is as fast / slow as in Vista

Till know i had no compatiblity issues.

Suprisingly i didn't need to install any drivers after the installation, everything worked fine

#4 - alphaquake - 301w ago
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win7 out performs vista but until the first service pack is release your sure to experience a compatibility issue or some kind of bug. it would be sick to install it on a ps3 tho.

#3 - maxpwer222 - 304w ago
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I am currently running the leaked retail Windows 7 Ultimate. It is very nice.

#2 - JeffJ - 305w ago
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Win 7 rocks my socks. i never touched vista after having to fix it all the time at work... but win 7 is what vista should have been. i've been running it since they released the beta to Tech-Net subscribers such as myself

#1 - Yixi - 305w ago
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Im using Windows 7 RC x64 right now and its cool, you can see my gaming videos on my youtube channel (youtube.com/esenjay22). Yes, this OS is pretty good, 100x better than Vista, i was using Ultimate x64 too and it was horrible after half of year using, lags like hell. Games were not so bad on Vista (especially new games with DX10 looks better but it cost many FPS ) but now on 7 i can feel great preformance of my rig :

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz
6GB DDRII RAM 800MHz (4GB A-DATA Extreme Gaming E. 1066MHz + 2GB Kingston 800MHz)
ZOTAC nVidia GeForce 9800GT 512MB GDDRIII RAM 256bit
ASUS P5Q Deluxe motherboard
500GB + 250GB SATAII

yes, i have a lot of RAM beacause of that im runing a lot of programs together, when im in development (PhotoShop takes a lot, Sony Vegas, Visual Studio etc. and its great to have running Crysis, GRID and GTA IV and switching between them without any lags )