Ok, as of last week I bought a new 2012 graphics card and was having a few issues with it under XP. It seemed like the drivers were just buggy - seemingly random BSOD, reboots and hung apps. I'm no noob when it comes to computers having used, been around and worked with them for the last 30 years and my XP machine is / has been one of the most rock solid reliable PCs I know.
With these graphic card related issues under XP in mind, I decided to give win 7 a go and if anyone has read my previous post, you know that I have had a pretty hateful relationship with win 7 to date.
I don't take back what I said earlier except to say that I am rapidly becoming a convert to 7 !
I have also discovered a few things along the way such as how to get a lot of my DX9 games working under win 7.
I installed Win 7 64bit SP1. I then tested a lot of my games previously *installed under xp* by just running them in win 7. The majority failed to run but it was error messages that intrigued me. I was being told that game x won't run because it is missing such & such a DX9 or DX10 link library.
I found a DX9 and DX10 install, installed them and voila !! most of those games now work, including GTL (running nocd version) but GTR2 doesn't.
I had gone from a nVidia 9600 GT to an AMD HD7770 and so I also had to download and install a stand alone PhysX package for Red Faction Guerilla and Sacred 2 (IIRC) to work.
Sacred 2 runs but there is no text on buttons which I think is down to the different file structuring under win 7......I may just have to install it.
I have XP-ified the interface (I dont dig Aero at all) but I would really like to be able to have the old XP explorer back - there is just too much white space in win 7's explorer for my liking but it truly works faster.
Programs load faster and respond faster, the OS responds faster and it *feels* solid (unlike MacOS Lion but I digress). If I can get my programming software to run under win 7 I think I'll be moving across for good.
So a Leopard can change its spots (to snow leopard to lion.....) and an old dog can learn new tricks.
To Durge :
I also use images and a BOOT MANAGER which allows me to have umpteen OSes installed and ready at my fingertips. Single, Dual, Tri, Quad boot etc..however many I wish / have capacity for.
I've also set up a number of *natively* booting Amithlon boxes along side other OSes.........etc
Images rock but so does multi-boot (which dual boot implies).
I use R-Disk Image these days and use an old version of Boot Magic for the boot manager which sits on a 2gig DOS HD (I still use DOS from time to time).