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June 13, 2009 3:12:16 AM

Monday I'm putting together a high end gaming system that will be used almost exclusively for playing games and Internet browsing. That's just about it. I have a simple question. Would Vista 64bit or Windows 7 RC 64bit be better for a user like me? Thanks!

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June 13, 2009 3:32:49 AM

Windows 7 RC 64
It's everything Vista should have been.
June 13, 2009 3:45:21 AM

That's what I've heard. Sometimes though the few people with issues scream louder for help than the many people without issues scream for joy. Thanks for the advice.
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June 13, 2009 1:30:08 PM

CoD4, and it seems all games that use PB are having problems, I LOVE CoD4, so I'm going to keep my XP install specifically for it.
June 13, 2009 8:38:19 PM

Oh, really? Punk Buster is in several games I play. That could be a big problem for me. I'll have to do some research on that.
June 14, 2009 1:44:07 AM

That seems like a pretty serious problem and I haven't been able to find any methods to fix it that don't just give you a 50/50 chance. Looks like I'll be going with Vista for a while.
June 14, 2009 10:32:43 AM

Senor Snarf said:
That seems like a pretty serious problem and I haven't been able to find any methods to fix it that don't just give you a 50/50 chance. Looks like I'll be going with Vista for a while.

Yeah, I'm really pissed at Even Balance for not supporting the OS, it will make it 10x easier for them when 7 is released. Anyway, I'm just going to dual boot XP-7.
June 14, 2009 12:23:44 PM

JDogg said:
Yeah, I'm really pissed at Even Balance for not supporting the OS, it will make it 10x easier for them when 7 is released. Anyway, I'm just going to dual boot XP-7.


Yeah....Punkbuster tends to overstep it's boundary's for the sake of "anti-hacking." They can kick you for missing dll's in Windows, having any sort of bots on your computer (whether or not you know it.) I had to re-install Vista because I apparently had a bot on my computer that none of the 3 virus programs I'm running picked up, and PB would kick me off of COD5 because of it, and it wasn't even doing anything.
June 14, 2009 2:56:35 PM

@Senor Snarf

Win7 is a release candidate, its not a finished product, theres no way I'd even consider using it for my main operating system unless you just love trouble, and trying to resolve non resolvable issues.

Gaming wise I'm strictly a FPS [First Person Shooter] fan period, I ran into non resolvable issues with Crysis and Crysis Warhead, and FEAR2 with Steam, so after hours of frustration, for me Win7 is past history.

A friend of mine is a FSX [Flight Sim 10] fan and he has had the best FSX gaming experience so far than any other OP/SYS hes run it on yet, but FSX is a Microsoft Game, so you would expect MSFT to have covered their own product.

I'm sure Win7 will end up being great after MSFT gets all the bugs out of it, some of the AV programs available could be causing some of the issues, it seemed to run best on the Nortons but Nortons is only a 15day trial, so you end up installing others and their baggage, but you have to have some kind of AV protection.

You may even want to consider installing WinXP until Win7 is fully joy, WinXP has zero problems with any game, however your original question was between Vista and Win7, and I'd definitely go with Vista.
June 14, 2009 10:40:11 PM

Yea, I thought about XP but I don't want to be restricted to 4 gigs of RAM. Supposedly 64 bit XP is really problematic.
a b 4 Gaming
a b $ Windows 7
June 14, 2009 11:56:12 PM

Windows-7 rc is free, so it will cost you nothing to try it now. I would do so, unless buying and reinstalling the official release later will be a problem.
June 15, 2009 4:20:02 AM

i would like to add that i have had no problems with pb related games. aswell as any rts games other then supreme commander having a memory leak in it (fan patch fixed my issuse) the problems do not out way the OS at hand here windows 7 seems to run flawlessly for me. but i would think thier is alot i have yet to run into.

dont know if any of u ever played rtcw but in windows 7 memory signatures seem to be diffrent stopping me from making wallhacks for the game. i dont know if this is a file viewing issuse or unrelated to windows 7.

just duel boot
a b 4 Gaming
a b $ Windows 7
June 15, 2009 4:53:06 AM

I pretty much agree with all thats been said. The RC will cost nothing, so you might as well try it. Perhaps enough games will work on it you can wait for the retail editions to come. (although I understand "favorite game". If TF2 didn't work on the RC, I wouldn't use it.) If you just can't use it, just get a cheap os. The cheaper the better.
June 15, 2009 5:27:50 AM

4Ryan6 said:
@Senor Snarf

Win7 is a release candidate, its not a finished product, theres no way I'd even consider using it for my main operating system unless you just love trouble, and trying to resolve non resolvable issues.

Gaming wise I'm strictly a FPS [First Person Shooter] fan period, I ran into non resolvable issues with Crysis and Crysis Warhead, and FEAR2 with Steam, so after hours of frustration, for me Win7 is past history.

A friend of mine is a FSX [Flight Sim 10] fan and he has had the best FSX gaming experience so far than any other OP/SYS hes run it on yet, but FSX is a Microsoft Game, so you would expect MSFT to have covered their own product.

I'm sure Win7 will end up being great after MSFT gets all the bugs out of it, some of the AV programs available could be causing some of the issues, it seemed to run best on the Nortons but Nortons is only a 15day trial, so you end up installing others and their baggage, but you have to have some kind of AV protection.

You may even want to consider installing WinXP until Win7 is fully joy, WinXP has zero problems with any game, however your original question was between Vista and Win7, and I'd definitely go with Vista.


Why is it always MS fault when a new release of OS comes out and MFG's are slow / don't support it? Why is it MS fault when an AV misbehaves?

It WAS MS fault, though, when they dropped support for their own hardware using game ports in XP... Anyone want a MS force feedback wheel and pedals? Or a force sidewinder joystick?
June 15, 2009 5:28:37 AM

+1 for trying Se7en. I've been using it since B7000 and haven't ran into any problems at all since I installed RC; even the bugs I did run into wern't enough of an issue to look into.

If not Se7en, I'd trust XP64 over Vista any day.
June 15, 2009 11:19:42 AM

croc said:
Why is it always MS fault when a new release of OS comes out and MFG's are slow / don't support it? Why is it MS fault when an AV misbehaves?

It WAS MS fault, though, when they dropped support for their own hardware using game ports in XP... Anyone want a MS force feedback wheel and pedals? Or a force sidewinder joystick?



Its a Release Candidate not an officially released OP/SYS, its released to test it and get the bugs out of it, all the available AV software I used is BETA software, and all that I looked into was labeled BETA, in the very beginning all the available drivers were BETA.

I'm not trying to bash MSFT with my statement, Win7 is great for a lot of things just not what I was using it for, but its not done yet, it needs more time in the oven, I just don't have the time to give it right now.
June 15, 2009 7:40:54 PM

Been gaming on win7 for a couple of weeks now. L4D, Fallout3, Everquest2, SplinterCell-DA...all play flawlessly. On top of that the 64bit IE8 actually is a nice browser, and I never thought I would go back to IE.

Guess the OS compatability is very game specific
June 16, 2009 2:09:46 AM

Wht's all the hubub about PUnkbuster,

i got a COD World of War game with my Video card - and installed Punkbuster with it. Haven't had any problems runnning it on Windows 7 RC?

What are the concerns?
a b $ Windows 7
June 16, 2009 5:54:50 AM

afrobacon said:
+1 for trying Se7en. I've been using it since B7000 and haven't ran into any problems at all since I installed RC; even the bugs I did run into wern't enough of an issue to look into.

If not Se7en, I'd trust XP64 over Vista any day.


You do realize that Win 7 is very close to Vista, right? Hating Vista was soooo 2 years ago. Win XP 64 never has enjoyed a great deal of support and it took the release of 64-bit Vista for hardware vendors to wake up and finally start making 64-bit drivers. Compared to Vista 64, however, XP 64 still doesn't enjoy a great deal of support. My vote is for Vista 64 if you want something right now. People hating on Vista and loving Windows 7 (despite 7 being merely an incremental release) are still living in the past and going on all the bad press Vista received upon it's release. Vista is fully capable of running any software that will run on 7... and doesn't suffer from as many compatibility issues. After all, a RC is bound to have it's issues... but a finished product won't have nearly as many.
a b 4 Gaming
a b $ Windows 7
June 16, 2009 7:58:39 AM

There are differences between between Vista and 7. Only Windows 7 will run two different video card drivers and DX11/10 at the same time, vista can't say the same. Yes 7 is "just an upgrade" over Vista, but an upgraded OS IS still better.
June 16, 2009 11:54:18 AM

In that case XP is also an upgrade over Vista, because it can run both ATI and NVIDIA drivers simultaneously.
June 17, 2009 4:30:49 AM

i am about to build myself a computer, i havnt been doing a fair amount of gaming lately due to the lack of equipment, so once i have my i7 built im going to pick up a few games. I think i am going to go with win 7 64 bit, see how it goes, worst comes to worst i can just go buy a copy of vista

anyone have any idea what MSFT will price the retail version of win 7 once it comes out? it would suck to drop 100 bucks on vista 64 now, and then in november drop another 100+
June 17, 2009 4:43:23 AM

JessieJ said:
Wht's all the hubub about PUnkbuster,

i got a COD World of War game with my Video card - and installed Punkbuster with it. Haven't had any problems runnning it on Windows 7 RC?

What are the concerns?


The concerns are with cod4, not waw.
June 17, 2009 6:47:55 PM

Have you tried these steps?

-Install the latest patch for CoD4
-Download and install pbsetup.exe. Then use that to manually update PB for the proper game.
-Downloaded and run pbsvc.exe, which enables the PB services.
-Control Panel -> Admin Tool -> Services
-Scroll down to PnkBstrA and B, right-click and click on properties
-Check the box that says "Allow service to interact with desktop"

Your Win7 build may matter as well, these steps work on Build 7100. I can confirm that.



June 20, 2009 7:54:27 AM

I have just built a new i7 rig with a tpower x58 and a 920 @ 3.5ghz water cooled with a swiftech ultima setup in an antec skeleton open case and I have tested windows xp sp3 x86, vista ultimate x86 and both had major issues with games locking up and not responding, so I decided to go with window 7 x64 and not only is it amazing but all games tested have had zero issues and actually look and run better now! microsoft has finally got it right!
a b $ Windows 7
June 20, 2009 2:41:04 PM

Should have tried Vista x64 instead of x86. Since you don't have lockups in Win 7, that strongly suggests you were having driver issues of some sort.
June 20, 2009 3:19:17 PM

I've been using 7 for 2 days now, great FPS in Crysis, FC2, CoD4, CoDWaW, and it looks and runs great, right now my CPU load is 2% and im running quite a few apps and playing a video podcast in Itunes, probably not impressive, but it is to me moving from a P4 with 1gb ram, keep in mind I haven't tried Vista 64, so I have nothing to compare to.
June 23, 2009 12:47:55 AM

vista is a pestilence in my life XP all the way.
June 23, 2009 5:58:56 PM

I used to think the same thing about XP but all games look so much better in DX10 and even better now in window 7 x64! games in XP look old and Arcadish with bright colors and less detail trust me It was hard to let go of XP for me to but after seeing games in windows 7 with DX10 it is like playing all new games that look so real its unbelievable!

June 23, 2009 6:22:29 PM

I'm running W7 RC1 64 for my main OS and my new rig is primarily used for gaming (mostly FPS) and the only issues I've had were with 64bit drivers, which I also had when I was running Vista 64. I personally love the Windows 7 RC over Vista, and will choose it over Vista anyday.
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