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[–] SteaksUSA 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Format it and install Windows 7.

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[–] IsaacJan [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Now here's the thing, are new video games going to work on 7? Something about dx12?

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[–] SteaksUSA 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yes, they will still work on 7. However, they might look a little less fancy because they can't use the features of DX12 and will have to settle for 11.

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[–] B3bomber 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

There's not that many DX12 games. The ones that do exist usually have Vulkan or other API support that has better performance while not being win10 locked.

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[–] Alopix 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Games are always very slow use the latest DirectX. It took years for XP being limited to DX9 to matter because everything had, at the very least, a compatibility mode.

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[–] Saufsoldat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

They'll work, but they'll be slower. Also, if you have a new CPU and MoBo, it might be a huge pain in the ass to get proper drivers.

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[–] skidmark-steve 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Windows 7 might not work. For one thing, Microsoft went out of their way to sabotage users of Windows 7 who adopt latest-generation processors, by blocking us from security updates. This contradicts the support life-cycles for both Windows 7 and 8.1, but dishonesty is the new business model here in the USA. Windows 7 is supposed to get updates until 2020, and 8.1 until 2023, regardless of what hardware they are installed on. And the mainboard manufacturers are more than happy to ship drivers for Windows 7 that work with Ryzen systems. Installing them, particularly the USB drivers can be a bit of a challenge on a system that doesn't offer any USB2 ports, because the keyboard/mouse won't be recognized by Windows 7 by default. But I pulled it off, and they even have a tool to slipstream them into install media on the ASrock site, I think.

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[–] lbruiser 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm a GNU+Linux guy who plays Steam games. I just hit install in steam and they work.

However on Windows you have a few things to do.

First get cmder. It CMD and Powershell that works with bash commands. UI is nice, and doesn't need an install.

Second go to ninite.com and install all the software you need real fast. You can keep that download for future updates of the software you chose.

Update motherboard firmware, drivers, and Windows. Need to stay secure.

Lastly (I know, but it's a great tool) go to reddit.com/r/tronscript. You can just run it as is, but I would flag skipping virus removal, updates, etc. You are going for bloat removal and telemetry removal. This will check and self update the script. Run this once ever 4 months.

Install an Antivirus. Eset if you're buying one, Avast if you're going free. Malwarebytes too.

Back up your system. Setup a scheduled one and test your backups once a month. A backup you cannot use, is not a backup.

Feel free to ask me questions.

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[–] IsaacJan [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Okay, can you go into detail about what I need cmder and tronscript for? Tronscript removes unwanted bloat ware?

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[–] lbruiser 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

cmder is like command prompt, but way better. http://cmder.net/

Tronscript is a collection of scripts that do maintenance on your computer. Ranging from malware/virus removal, system repair, bloatware removal, telemetry removal, etc.

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[–] IsaacJan [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

These instructions don't make sense. What are the software I need?

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[–] 11387887 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Ninite is a website That lists dozens of popular pieces of software and by checking boxes next to software you want then the website builds an executable that will install them quickly and without the bloatware usually associated with it.

Just take a look at the website (software is broken down by category) and install things you'll use (like antivirus, Steam, word processor, torrenting, etc.)

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[–] lbruiser 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What are the software I need?

I have no clue what you need. I would suggest maybe Firefox, VLC, malwarebytes. You would need to look over the site to decide what you need.

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[–] raw 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Ok. If it is a gaming rig then let it be. Just leave it at whatever settings it's in. Let Microsoft collect all they data they want. Make sure you don't do anything else than just gaming. No personal work on that machine. Create a new email address for logging in. Never insert a flash drive in it. In short, let Microsoft only collect crap data about you. Use a Linux for personal and sensitive data.

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[–] elitch2 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Reformat immediately.

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[–] Galaxyrise 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Personally I dualboot win 7 pro x64 and linux (linux for the games that are natively supported which is ~60% of my steam library, windows for the others and VR)

If however you can't get windows 7 drivers for your components (try looking around for people having success with your model) and need to keep 10 on it I would suggest using https://www.privacytools.io/#win10 to remove the worst of the bloatware and telemetry

ninite.com is great for adding all the software you need to a new install and save you some time on setup

Browser extension recommendations for general use and privacy are HTTPS everywhere, Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin (For all the non m$ browsers on any OS)

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[–] 11389015 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Format it and install Linux. If not then this thing. W10PRIVACY it is sort of a god-mode for win 10. Let's you turn their bullshit off. Or it's just another windows virus like windows 10.

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[–] IsaacJan [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Learn to read

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[–] RoundWheel 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I play games on Linux all the time. It's bullshit that claims it doesn't work for games.

The real question becomes what games do you want to play?

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[–] IsaacJan [S] 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

The fact you have to ask that defeats your own point.

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[–] memememema 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I got D2 cuphead 20xx. starcraft. classic wow pretty much every game I could want except witcher 3 and thats almost finished as they almost got dx11 done.

Basicly witcher 3 is the only game right now thats not 100% linux compatible. Unless you like to play ubisoft and EA crap. IF you like shit then you have to stick with windows.

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