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First post, by infiniteclouds

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Games being released today still run on Windows 7... but they typically aren't going to run on Windows 7 any better than they will on Windows 10 and they certainly aren't less compatible.

What are the last games that, while maybe they can run on Windows 10, were really designed for Windows 7?

Reply 1 of 2, by ZellSF

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I can't think of a single game that runs better on Windows 7 than Windows 10 and I really can't think of any meaningful metric of how a game would be "designed for Windows 7". I would just go with the last game released before Windows 8 hit.

Reply 2 of 2, by DosFreak

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By "designed for Windows 7" do you mean:
Not a UWP App
Only support D3D9, or include D3D9 along with D3D10/D3D11 although some games for 7 were D3D10 or 11, the vast majority were not.
Developed with a compiler that did not support Windows 10 at the time the game was developed.
Only includes Windows 7 and below APIs.
Primarily 32bit but may have a 64bit executable but some might be 64bit only.
Game released before Windows 10 was released but games released after would likely still apply since they are in development for a long time and likely were not developed on Windows 10 machines.

I heard a rumour that GTA V stopped working on Vista due to CEF (not the steam client) but I haven't verified it yet . A very old game getting updates and dropping OS support is very rare since old games are rarely updated but GTA V makes so much money so it's one of the exceptions so I doubt it's worth worrying about overall. Of couse the online store client dropping support is a different matter.

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