to reinforce it, so people aren't confused by the myth of older software. The compatibility with older versions of Directx IS SUPPORTED, Backwards Compatible, Just like it is on Windows7 and Vista, thus Directx newest version is backwards compatible with older versions.
The Problem on Windows 8 is that somewhere , they botched it up, which is why the games run, but at an inplayable framerate, the previous releases of Directx.
When I see comments like, "its time to move on", when in fact Microsofts directx IS backwards compatible and is ALREADY supported in this release, is really saying, Yes, your NEW software is broken you should just ignore the problem.
Would someone have made taht comment regarding the MOUSE GLITCH in Windows8 that needed to be corrected? Or in fact any other flaw in WIndows8?
Its a flaw inthe software, not a progression in development that is the cause.
The question is, Will microsoft choose to address and fix the problem in a future release, as it is a known flaw, or will they choose to THEN decide to NOT support previous versions of DirectX in the Upcoming Directx12?
MY feelings regarding these older games and directx support would be different if they were all crashing and breaking, but they aren't, they just happen to run in SSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOWWWW MMMMMOOOOOOOOTTTTTTIIIIIIOOOOOONNNNN.
And if a 15 to 10 to 5year old game made on OPEN GL doesn't break and runs at speed, that reinforces the need for Microsoft to correct their current release of Directx.
I will concurr with Mike above that the Compatibility of Older games on Windows setups has been most impressive.
I remember a time when a minor update in an OS could crash a game within 6 months to a year of purchase.
So one cannot ignore how remarkable it is that I can run 20 year old games on a current Windows setup.
Now with regards to Microsoft Directx games.. I would just like to run them at speed
You have got a clean, modern system. This compatibility is built into DirectX it's already there, there is just an issue with it which requires a fix. Not unlike any other fix which is released through Windows Update each month. As said before they're not adding anything to bog down the system by resolving this issue.
Do you prefer to have your OS's with unfixed issues or something?
Maybe this is something which might be resolved with the addition of DirectX12 when Microsoft release it.
Modern, maybe, clean, not so much but I can think about many more important bugs that need fixing than to worry about some obscure old games.
It's a DirectX issue, in fact it's not even affecting just obscure old games. There are some recent DX9 titles which are being affected too. Of course there are some other bugs but why not bring things like this to their attention too.
That's already more reasonable request but knowing M$'s habits I wouldn't hold my breath.
I run Far Cry 2, Silent Hunter 4 (2007) and others in Win 7 on laptop and 8.1 on my pc - no problems. I also have Sid Meiers Pirates running great.
AND, what might be a bit of a record on 8.1 - a 1997 Freelancer game from Microsoft. Well, its now the base engine for successive award winning mods Discovery 485 486 and 487 are in my pc and laptop. But the mods require a virgin installation of FL to run off.
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I didn't have trouble to run old games (7-10 years) in Win8.1 yet, however I have old PCs for old games !