Re: Punk buster and Vista
Windows XP was an excellent OS for it's time, and many fine applications
were developed and are still developed on it. It is, however, an OS written
for single-core machines with half a gigabyte or less RAM running 2D blit
video cards. Times have changed.
Through the Service Packs Windows XP has been patched to be a bit more
modern, but it is fundamentally limited by a video driver model developed in
the late 90s, a scheduler written for one or two CPU multiprocessors
(originally assumed ot always be in distinct chips rather than the multicore
designs dominating today), and a 32-bit memory model that limits
applications to at most 2 GB of virtual memory and strictly less than 4 GB
of physical RAM.
"Srs gamers" are fine running Windows XP SP3 if they have a single-core or
maybe dual-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a Direct3D 9 video card. Anything more
than that is wasting hardware running a legacy OS.
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