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25. Re: Windows 7 was not exclusively 64-bit because of compatibility issues. Sep 4, 2012, 21:08 hb3d
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 20:56:
Messing around with VMWare is already a hassle. Especially considering the terrible 3d performance you get with them old games...
VMware Workstation version 7, 8, and 9's performance with games is excellent especially if you have decent hardware. I have even run Unreal Engine 3 games under my VMware Windows XP VM, and they are playable. The only real limitation is that it doesn't support Direct3D10 or 11 which isn't a problem for XP VM's since XP doesn't support those either.

I have not tried Windows 8's consumer version of HyperV, but VMware Workstation v7/8/9 or Player v4/5 is the only virtualization software I know of that provides both hardware Direct3D and OpenGL capability and decent performance. Windows 7's "XP compatibility mode" is nothing but Virtual PC and as such is useless for games since it lacks hardware 3D support. VirtualBox has experimental hardware 3D support, but it's buggy and slow.

This comment was edited on Sep 4, 2012, 21:27.
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