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70. Re: 64-Player Battlefield 3 This Fall Feb 5, 2011, 00:54 mag
 
Verno wrote on Feb 4, 2011, 12:43:
mag wrote on Feb 4, 2011, 11:49:
It's "possible," but my experience is that things will still go quite wonky. You'll have to spend so much time trying to rip out all of the old drivers that are screwing with your framerates or causing BSODs or whatever that you'll save time by reinstalling.

I don't see how that's possible, Windows 7 will not load device drivers for devices that aren't present. You need to simply run an uninstaller on any bundled software to remove it - CCC or Nvidia Driver Panel. I've done this at work on a couple dozen systems with nary a bad result, Windows 7 is quite good this way. At worst you might need to re-install something with linked libraries like PhysX but most games will do that automatically at setup or run time.

Windows 7 even runs multiple videocards from different manufacturers for anyone wanting to do that silly dedicated PhysX card nonsense.

*shrug* I swapped motherboards, uninstalled all of the old software, Win7 continued to freak out about every little thing until I reinstalled. It wasn't a spectacularly different experience from doing the same with WinXP.

In fact, even swapping video cards more recently was pretty painful. To get it to work decently I had to perform the same old Driver Cleaner song and dance.
 
 
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