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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
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5 out of 5 eggs Its Windows 7, Home ed. Its for gaming. You know it. 01/18/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit


Its windows 7. As we all know, if you're still using Windows, either you're being paid to work on it, or have to play games you can't emulate, or for which idSoftware hasn't yet released the source code.

-- I use Winodws 7 for clients and for my own gaming needs.
-- I got it on sale.
-- It really is a very good gaming OS. If you want something to use your 64 bit multi core in Windows gaming, and all your more than 3 gigs of RAM, you either use this, or its two crappier brethren. Vista and Vista 2.0 (I mean, 8, sorry.)


Weep over this the way you wept over XP when you got Vista shoved down your throat.

-- Recall that this version is the "home" version. Great for gaming, but devoid of many network tools of which you might make very frequent use, if you're like me.
-- This is still windows, use with caution, if you surf naughty sites, do it off of a secured non windows machine if you don't want to give some dude with an accent unwitting control over your boxen straight from the UEFI. Not sure if software sandboxing will work on something like that.

-- Also, this version doesn't support virtualization out of the box, no direct hypervisor client, even if the drivers are available and aware of support, last I checked. If I say it, they whip out their 3d theater glasses. You can be assured that if any security threats can use your hypervisor, they'll have their own driver and client for it and won't ask your permission to root your box. The average user won't notice, but a gamer with a memory profiler might notice when their 2 gig *60/*70 series GTX suddenly detects as an emulated half gig radeon or geforce from yesteryear or at least behaves as such.

Other Thoughts:

Windows 7 was a fantastic OS for a user who didn't mind not having the breadth of command line tools and control flexibility one gets in a unix OS. I am not a fan of the company very often, but I believe they had a home run with 7 and I'm not afraid to say it. This OS is well done and well executed, though to be fair, they were the last to the market with 3d/GL desktop effects, being preceded to the punch by both the various open source desktops and that fruity company.

Honestly, if Microsoft didn't have gaming in their pocket from the early days of Wolf3d shareware, most of us geeks would not have ever brought them into our computer rooms, and thus an MS PC into the household. Lets face it, gaming is Microsoft's forte, the day people start coding killer games for open platforms, MS will be left with nothing but governments and large institutions.

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