How do games run on Windows 7 Beta 1

Will it install and will it play?

Published Mon, Jan 26 2009 11:59 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:37 PM CST
When Microsoft launched Vista there were complaints of compatibility problems galore. People claimed that everything from their printer to their favorite game did not run right under Vista.

With Windows 7 on the near horizon many people are wondering the same things, will my apps and games work. Extremetech has taken a look at 22 games from old to new and has the scoop on just how much compatibility you can expect from Windows 7 if you are a gamer.

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How do games run on Windows 7 Beta 1

We just spent the last week installing and running through 22 different games, of varying ages, going back as far as Quake II. We also ran some of the newest, hottest titles, including several using the Games for Window logo program, which is supposed to be a sort of "Good Housekeeping" seal for PC games. If the game has the Games for Windows logo, so the thinking goes, then it should at least install and run properly.

Before we dive in, though, a caveat. Windows 7 is a beta OS, so some of the glitches and problems we encountered may well be fixed. Still, some of the problems we ran into were surprising, to say the least. On the other hand, the majority of games did seem to run just fine.

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