For those of you sticking with Vista, Microsoft has finally officially released DirectX 11 for Vista, after having spent the last couple of months in beta. This final release looks to be the same as the last beta released earlier this month.

The update is KB971512, which is being released as part of a larger Platform Update for Vista that includes a few other things that are being backported for Vista. Vista SP2 is the prerequisite, so if you aren’t already on SP2 you’ll need to update.

All of these updates should be available on Windows Update.

We ran a quick sanity check on our Vista install from our Win7 Performance Guide from earlier this week, and there are no surprises. Just like with DX10, DX11 titles (all 2 of them ) perform the same between the two OSes. In this case we’re using BattleForge, along with Unigine’s DX11 Heaven benchmark (it’s synthetic, but pickings are slim for DX11). We’ve also thrown in Crysis for good measure, although it's not a DX11 title.



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  • Griswold - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - link

    XP mode IS virtualPC, nutsack! But you wont have to use your (or buy a new) XP license for the extra bucks you spend on pro/ultimate edition. And you cant have this nifty seamless mode with just a XP in a virtualPC - only the XP mode does this.

    Oh, its the clown pirks... why did I bother?

  • marc1000 - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - link

    XP-Mode is NOT virtual PC. Is a lightweight version of virtual PC. It will allow to use XP apps like it was 7 apps, but not to launch the XP OS in a window like the full Virtual PC does. It really brings down the need to do maintenance on another windows, but also will not allow any customization or tests. For instance, you can install and run really old apps or games in a Virtual PC, but will not be able to do so in XP-Mode. They are not the same thing, and many advanced users must be aware of this. XP-Mode is there to satisfy enterprise users.

    FYIO, I use VMWare to run a bunch of virtual machines, from win2k to linux, and would never run XP-Mode to anything.

    (in advance: I'm posting this just to talk about XP-mode, I'm not blaming anyone here, so please be polite if you decide to answer.)
  • killerb255 - Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - link

    It sounds to me like you haven't actually used XP Mode for yourself.

    No offense, but please speak from your own experiences rather than second-hand information. Otherwise, it just sounds like you're "talking out of your ass."

    You CAN run the XP OS in a window like the full Virtual PC.

    In fact, XP Mode = Virtual PC + Integration.

    I run Visual Studio 2008, Office 2003, and NetMeeting from the XP OS ITSELF in the guest XP OS. Of course they can also run from the Windows 7 Start Menu under Start -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC -> Windows XP Mode Applications -> whatever you have in the Windows XP GUEST'S start menu (for the most part).

    However, if you are logged into the XP Guest, and you want to run an XP Mode app from the Windows 7 host, then it will log you out of the XP Mode guest (similar to using Remote Desktop to access a Windows XP PC).
  • killerb255 - Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - link

    My previous post was directed @marc1000, not anyone else. Reply
  • 9nails - Sunday, November 01, 2009 - link

    Your talking about the Compatibility Mode then, yes? (Right click an executable, select properties, chose Compatibility tab, pick a historical from Windows 95 up to Vista, etc...) That works OK in Seven.

    The XP Mode is pretty sweet too. Compatibility mode is built-in, but XP Mode is not on the Windows 7 disk, you get it here:"> as a separate download. XP Mode does require and launch a Virtual PC guest, but you don't have to run the whole desktop, you can run the app by itself! This version even plays nice with USB ports. I believe that apps have to be in the All Users Program Files Startup folder for them be available to run like that. But it's emulating a fairly low end AMD card, so it's not going to run DX11.
  • Pirks - Saturday, October 31, 2009 - link

    My point was that this XP mode is useless for me since I prefer VirtualPC. They are more or less the same, plus/minus cosmetics. Whatever. To each his own ;)

    To Grisworld: fuck off dumbo.
  • Hxx - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - link

    LOL, no everybody on the planet uses 7. Reply
  • Hxx - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - link

    sarcasm aside, 7 is indeed pretty cheap...for students that is... got my copy of 7 full pro for 30 bucks. Reply
  • AnnihilatorX - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - link

    Why does the island country of Great Britain always get ripped off. We pay £30 as students here! Reply
  • MadMan007 - Saturday, October 31, 2009 - link

    Someone has to pay for those EU fines. Reply

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