October 22, 2009 is almost here and with it, the official release of
Windows 7. Fortunately for all of us, the ensuing cacophony won't be
from a million computer users crying out at once in utter despair
No more will the screams of frustration drown out the loudest metal
bands in the land. This time, the heavens will part, the angels will
sing, and the world will be comforted in an eternal blanket of peace.
All right. Maybe the release of Windows 7 shouldn't *quite* be hailed
as the second coming, but gamers around the globe should rejoice
nonetheless and I'm here to tell you why.
The Simple Answer
In a nutshell, the answer is speed, speed, and more speed. Everything
in gaming depends on the ability of your computer to process everything
fast enough to keep you from having to deal with hitching (pauses) in
your game. The more powerful the computer, the better textures,
particle effects, and distances your system can render. Sounds like a
tall order for an operating system (OS) to pull off, but Windows 7 is
ready to step up to the plate.
With the introduction of DirectX 11, default system settings that
don’t bog your system down, and a design built for speed and
efficiency, Windows 7 will give you a better gaming experience just as
That’s the quick and dirty version of why upgrading to
Windows 7 will improve your gaming experience, but read on, because
there’s oh so much more.
The Current Regime
There are three main types of people using Windows-based PCs these days
(in any modern sense):
Those that are happily using XP.
Those that have lost all sense of hope with Vista and have
"downgraded" to XP (or upgraded to the Windows 7 release candidate).
Those that are happy using Vista.
Types 1 and 2 don't have to give up their operating systems, though
they'll probably be happy if they do, if for the added speed boost if
nothing else (we’ll get to that later). Type 3 is nothing
more than a fairy tale concocted by Microsoft to fool little children,
old people, and advertisers. It wasn't the destruction of Alderaan that
made Obi-Wan nearly faint from a great disturbance in the force; it was
the release of Vista. Like the eventual redemption gained by Anakin
Skywalker (Darth Vader) for the slaying of Emperor Palpatine, Microsoft
is hoping to receive the same with the release of Windows 7.