Games only, any reason to load 7 over XP3?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Shivetya, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Considering the only Windows games of interest I have are LOTRO and the upcoming CIV5 release. I currently use Parallels 6 to instance Windows copies
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    I'd suggest using Boot Camp. It's much better for gaming. Also Windows 7 has Direct X 10 and 11. Xp only has 9.
  3. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    A decent version of 7, 'proffessional onwards' will be able run games in 'XP Mode' this way you get to keep playing your old games, and keep up with Modern games when companies decide to start moving on from XP when DirectX 9 is holding them back. As mentioned above, DirectX 10 + 11 are not supported by XP.
  4. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    XP Mode is just Windows Virtual PC. It's worse off then Parallels or VMware Fusion for Mac.

    If you want games thats built for XP, the best you can run within Windows 7 is to use "Windows XP Compatibility Mode" under settings. Even then, there's no guarantee how well it'll run.
  5. bobnugget macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2006
    Kent, England
    I've tried XP Mode on a couple of systems. XP Mode is absolutely useless for running games, and is slow for even basic desktop apps compared to VMWare Player. Luckily, you can use VMWare Player to run the XP Mode machine, and you then get slightly faster graphics, and a very usable XP desktop.

    However, this really is no good for any even moderately graphics intensive games unless you have very powerful hardware.
  6. Shivetya thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    OK, so basically only for newer versions of Direct X
  7. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    It depends what computer you have. If you have a macbook pro, for example, the graphics chip is underpowered so the direct X version makes no difference, so you might as well go with XP so games will run faster. If you have a mac pro and a very good graphics card, windows 7 makes more sense since it can support more ram than xp.
  8. oplix Suspended


    Jun 29, 2008
    New York, NY
    Win 7 should have slightly better performance when it comes to games than xp.

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