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Thinking about switching to Win 8 but I have concerns

This is probably the biggest debate out there at the moment, aside between choosing intel over amd or nvidia over amd. Honestly, I really don't care. Anyways, to my question.

I have Win 7 Home premium 64x right now and I'm very happy with it. I was thinking about trying Win 8 but I have some concerns about it, mostly about compatibility. I play some older games [Age of Empires, Quake, Civilizations III/IV, etc] and I already have a hard enough time getting them to work on Win 7. I was thinking about dropping back down to XP but I was wondering if those games run fine on Win 8.

Again, I don't want any replies about which one is best, I just want to know FROM PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY KNOW if those games work on Win 8. If not then I'll stay on Win 7 or maybe dual boot Win XP. Also for those that it concerns, compatibility mode doesn't really help either so I'm assuming its the same on Win 8 unless someone tells me otherwise.
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  1. Windows 8.1 is a really good system...I really didn't like it until I have tried it...as long as you have a large screen it isn't bad and it is still the "same windows" open not a tablet os for idiots....

    With regards to your question there are some info here: http://www.play-old-pc-games.com/2013/12/09/civilization-2/

    If you have Win 7 64 then Win 8 64 should run the same game...
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    I just created a topic myself so I thought I'd help someone out in return. (thinking out loud, is that a sign of insanity?)

    I know that many of the newer games gets an FPS boost from upgrading to Win8.1. Microsoft make a habit of releasing the newest DirectX to their newest version of Windows only.

    You can get a WinXP emulator, they work pretty decent. How they'll function in games I do not know. I use it for CAD applications.

    Here is an alternative to the emulator.
    http://aal-productz.com/2013/11/02/make-older-programs-compatible-windows-8-1-version/

    Oh and if you, like me, could murder the the sidebar on Windows 8.1 there are ways to disable it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKP2VfdC534
  3. Age of empires 3 runs perfectly in windows 8, I have it.
  4. Age of empires 3 runs perfectly in windows 8, I have it.
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