How To: Upgrade Windows Vista To DirectX 11

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  • jimmysmitty
    Nice tip. But I don't think many people with Vista will stay. Most people I know either plan on or already run Windows 7. I do myself and wont go back.

    Still a good tip for some of the straglers.

    Another thing I heard was that if your GPU had support for certain features that are in DX11, like say a HD4800 series, that it could run them without full DX11 support. I know that all HD2K+ series ATI GPUS can do tesselation so i hope what I have heard is true....
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  • CoryInJapan
    jimmysmittyNice tip. But I don't think many people with Vista will stay. Most people I know either plan on or already run Windows 7. I do myself and wont go back.Still a good tip for some of the straglers.Another thing I heard was that if your GPU had support for certain features that are in DX11, like say a HD4800 series, that it could run them without full DX11 support. I know that all HD2K+ series ATI GPUS can do tesselation so i hope what I have heard is true....

    im pretty sure I read that here on toms hardware on one of the DX11 articles.
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  • kirvinb
    Everytime Toms remove the drop box, they get flamed. You would think they would listen. Please bring the drop box back. Clicking threw pics just isnt cuttin it..
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  • V3ctor
    Thanks Toms :D Now all I need is a DX11 game :)
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  • curnel_D
    CoryInJapanim pretty sure I read that here on toms hardware on one of the DX11 articles.

    Simple things like threaded DX support will work this way. Not some of the more advanced DX11 shaders and such. So DX11 games will undoubtedly run faster under DX11 software models. But it wont look as good if not paired with DX11 hardware.
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  • San Pedro
    Um, don't think this is big deal as there isn't any real DX11 games out there.
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  • theubersmurf
    the download link just redirects to the tomshardware.com/de site, I get no download when I hit the download link.
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  • nukemaster
    You have to click the Download-Server Nr.1 before it redirects you.

    This is a great trick you guys found.

    Good work!
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  • masterasia
    I'm waiting on nVidia DX 11 cards.
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  • core i7 ownage
    masterasiaI'm waiting on nVidia DX 11 cards.

    Nvidia won't get DX11 since they are made by Microsoft AND ATI/AMD. So they won't just give a source to Nvidia.
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  • HolyCrusader
    My first reaction is to say, "What's the point?", but after doing a little more reading, there might be some benefit for this - it's very likely we'll see DX11 games show up much sooner than DX10 games did, and that some of the benefits from DX11 don't require a new DX11 graphics card.

    Although for me there's little point to it, since I'm running Win7RC, and will be getting full Win7 when I can afford it.
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  • spanspace
    jimmysmittyNice tip. But I don't think many people with Vista will stay. Most people I know either plan on or already run Windows 7. I do myself and wont go back.Still a good tip for some of the straglers.Another thing I heard was that if your GPU had support for certain features that are in DX11, like say a HD4800 series, that it could run them without full DX11 support. I know that all HD2K+ series ATI GPUS can do tesselation so i hope what I have heard is true....


    Sadly I will be with Vista for awhile. Windows 7 cost too much for Ultimate which is what I need to do an upgrade.
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  • coolronz
    I too like the ubersmurf just got redirected.... oh well I should have Win 7 on its way today anyways.. but as far as DX10 being a mistake..? wasnt it sposed to be the best thing since sliced bread, but just too difficult to program for..? DX11 is sposed to be much easier to program.. But we'll have to really see if Microsoft is just puffing smoke.. We all need new hardware to run this new software... Or we for the most part buy into this. Thats what keeps the economy going. The only killer game for DX10 was and is CRYSIS, c'mon, one game..? And its an old game now... lol Is DX11 just gonna be a repeat? Guess we'll have to see..
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  • CircusMusic
    If all this is just a script why not post the code instead of a link?
    Some of us prefer CLI than running some script we have to open and look at anyway... *Shrug*
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  • nukemaster
    Anonymous said:
    If all this is just a script why not post the code instead of a link?
    Some of us prefer CLI than running some script we have to open and look at anyway... *Shrug*

    Here

    Nothing much to see

    
    @echo off
    
    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Win7IP /v Beta1 /t REG_SZ /d 870b5ec7-d7d9-4e12-adfb-17b770359b51 /f
    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Win7IP /v Beta1 /t REG_SZ /d 870b5ec7-d7d9-4e12-adfb-17b770359b51 /f
    
    IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)
    
    :SUCCESS
    @echo.
    echo ===========================================================
    echo  Platform Update for Windows Vista registry key has been 
    echo  set successfully. 
    echo  Please check for updates in Windows Update.
    echo  presented by www.tomshardware.com/de/.
    echo ===========================================================
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :ERROR
    @echo.
    echo ===========================================================
    echo  FAILED to set Platform Update for Windows Vista registry keys.
    echo  Please run this script by right clicking and selecting
    echo  "Run as Administrator".
    echo  presented by www.tomshardware.com/de/.
    echo ===========================================================
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :END
    pause
    
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  • Dave_69
    I don't get all the Vista hating. It works fine for me. Granted it took a few hours to tweak to my liking, but now that it's up and running (been running it since February), I really like it.

    Thanks for the article, Toms! I was having issues with playing some DX11 game demos, and now I can finally get to it.
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  • IzzyCraft
    masterasiaI'm waiting on nVidia DX 11 cards.

    Same i hope it's great if not the 5770 isn't going anywhere only possible diff is a lower price.
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  • tallguy1618
    i bet nvidia has been holding off until now to finally start using more advanced than GDDR3 memory. Isnt it already true that with Nvidia cards the actual memory performance is double the clock speed right? If so than would that mean that with GDDR5 it would be like having 4x the memory speed? I could be completely wrong
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  • Anonymous
    Yawn..

    Gosh.. another bungle ohh yea I forgot.. I use Ubuntu GL pawns dx
    Another story of people struggling with a crap O/S .. Convert to Ubuntu all your MS problems will go away.. and crash.. After Upgrading to Ubuntu.. that does not exist anymore.. Such a nice thing.
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  • jimmysmitty
    core i7 ownageNvidia won't get DX11 since they are made by Microsoft AND ATI/AMD. So they won't just give a source to Nvidia.


    Whoa so wrong. DX11 is made by MS. ATI just had support first, much like ATI had the first true DX10 cards.

    nVidia will have them with their G300 series GPUs but not for a bit longer. Right now ATI is the only DX11 GPU maker.
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