Microsoft adds DirectX 12 support on Windows 7

16 March 2019
World of Warcraft becomes the first game to support DirectX 12 on Windows 7.

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  • DUH!

Anonymous, 17 Mar 2019This may be great news for those 6 people who are still on Windo... moreThey have been forced to extend support for windows 7 due to the outcry of the MILLIONS of businesses the still use windowws 7. Clearly you have no idea what your are spewing onto the internet. Please take a seat and be quiet.

  • Anonymous

A simple reason for using win7 for gaming (for titles that still support it) is the wide margin of system resources occupied by the OS between win 7 and 10,win 10 may be quicker in normal use but that comes at a cost of more RAM usage and CPU usage, resources which could otherwise have been available to the game.

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Anonymous, 17 Mar 2019This may be great news for those 6 people who are still on Windo... moreWindows isn't a relevant operativsystem it don't even have a scheduler pure single core use

  • Anonymous

This may be great news for those 6 people who are still on Windows 7, but it just adds to the fragmentation. I think they should just drop Windows 7 altogether and propose everyone to move on to Windows 10.

  • Anonymous

ProJames-CHM, 17 Mar 2019I don't play WOW. I was talking about DirectX 12 being ported ba... moreIt only works in Wow... if some other game developer makes new version of its game, it may work in win7, but as it has been said. This is not real full dx12, it is software wrapper that allows game developer t make easier translation of its existing dx12 game so that it can run above win7. It does not allow any normal dx12 to run in win7. It always needs a quite bit of tweaking, but less than making pure dx11 version of the game.

Anonymous, 16 Mar 2019So you only play WOW... then maybe usefull for one year, them yo... moreI don't play WOW. I was talking about DirectX 12 being ported back to W7

And it says nowhere that it's emulation

  • g6 user

Anonymous, 16 Mar 2019Install WIndows 10 LTSB / LTSC for an ad-free, STABLE OS. Consum... morehi can some one help me with this....
I have a laptop with minimum specs to run basically
acer aspire ES-1 it is a dual core 1.4gz and 2gb of ddr3 ram
barely running w10 it came with w8
few months ago I tried to install w7 on it and I was able to successfully do it..
wow was blazing fast for the hardware it has .. but .. butt ..... I got an issue with the internet connection
I was unable to access internet over Wi-Fi / cable due to
the options for enable / disable internet access was not .
what can I do in this scenario im still thinking in downgrade to w7
thanks

  • Anonymous

ProJames-CHM, 16 Mar 2019Excellent. I can kiss W10 good bye. Aero, here I come!So you only play WOW... then maybe usefull for one year, them you should disconnect you Computer From the net...
This is not dx12 this is DX 12 emulation for one game, later maybe one or two more so that They run above old API...

  • Anonymous

I'm staying with my 8.1 pro.. As stable and solid as win 7.. But faster and as modern as win 10

Anonymous, 16 Mar 2019Install WIndows 10 LTSB / LTSC for an ad-free, STABLE OS. Consum... moreWhere can I find a Windows 10 Enterprise license? I know HWID but...

samarth n8 808, 16 Mar 2019I was in the same fix as you when I tried to install Windows 7 o... moreExcellent. I can kiss W10 good bye.
Aero, here I come!

nice Windows 7 farewell gift from Microsoft

Funny!
what most of you complain I've never seen!
yes win10 maybe not be complete but it is really good!
also there are ways you can disable auto update and other things
someone mentioned groove music, hell yeah i agree with you!
but back to article topic: win 7 hardly could support DX11 and that support was at it's lowest api which is api 1 as if you check in diagnostic tool you'll see DX11_1
so how DX12 would play, I don't know!

  • Anonymous

Windows 10 is awful. It's been in development for 4 years and still NO SIGNS of improvement. Awful design language (Apple and even most Linux distros like elementary and Solus do it much better), consistent lag, underwhelming new apps like Groove Music to replace the older, but much more feature-filled ones like Windows Media Player, I can go on and on.

Back to 2011 I was running Win7,
Upgraded to 8 once it is available then 8.1
Until Win 10 I upgraded to the latest version of it.
But in The end of 2017 I downgraded back to Win 7 without looking back.
Best OS ever. Doesn't suck up my resources. Opens fast.
And doesn't jam my already slow Internet connection.
It waits for my permission to download updates at the time I want.
And i really don't care about Microsoft store Bloarware!
So I am sticking to Win 7 till it becomes Unsecure anymore.
Not sure How much after Stopping support @ Jan 2020.

  • samarth n8 808

ProJames-CHM, 16 Mar 2019I can ditch W10 on my laptop then!!! Ah wait no I can't. No Int... moreI was in the same fix as you when I tried to install Windows 7 on my MSi Gaming laptop... I couldn't let Windows 10 connect to the internet...

Few struggles down, I couldn't get the Intel Graphics 630 driver, I googled around until I found a Windows Server 2008 version from a youtube video, which worked perfectly on Windows 7! Then on, GTX 1060 driver was compatible too...
Used zeffy's patch to bypass the updates block for 7th gen i5 processor.

And here I am, no BSOD's, no significant bugs, no critical shutdowns, no privacy intrusion of the big kind, no pesky updates (I updated it upto 2017 updates or so, plus using antivirus now).
Its windows 7 and it just works. Right now, I'm using it only as my gaming laptop, and nothing else...
I just don't trust Microsoft anymore after Win10 & latest Office versions, all calling home all the time.

Well i had windows 7 long time ago now i am using windows 10.
Maybe i am no completely satisfied but over the time i give up on many things.

DrakeX, 16 Mar 2019Hmm fair enough. To be honest, I don't really care much about up... moreYeah being a teenager and all, all I care for is aesthetics. XD I'm eagerly awaiting version 1903 with light theme!

  • Me

Windows 7 > Windows 10 B) the world of ads has begun, I wonder what will happen when the VR era income, ads ads junks and so on everything in front of your eyes. I ve seen a video in youtube which somebody represented a a google glass like experience and it was kinda scary, maybe somebody knows it too and can share it here?

Furiounx, 16 Mar 2019At least we get updates. [Smug face emoji]Hmm fair enough. To be honest, I don't really care much about updates but most people do care especially security patches. I've gotten used to W10 on laptops but I still prefer W7 if I had the choice. Personal opinion like you said.