Microsoft Windows

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Microsoft Windows
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Developer(s) Microsoft

Microsoft Windows is a popular family of operating systems.

Windows XP[edit]

API Version Support[edit]

Included DirectX Latest DirectX .NET Framework OpenGL
8.1 9.0c 4.0 4.2

Windows Vista[edit]

API Version Support[edit]

Included DirectX Latest DirectX .NET Framework OpenGL
10 11 4.0 4.2

Performance Improvements[edit]

Disable Aero Theme[edit]

Right click on the desktop, click "Personalise", then "Window Colour and Appearance". After that go to "Open classic appearance properties for more colour options" and choose "Windows Vista Basic" on the drop down menu, making sure to click "Apply".

Windows 7[edit]

API Version Support[edit]

Included DirectX Latest DirectX .NET Framework OpenGL
11 11 4.5 4.2

Performance Improvements[edit]

Disable Aero Theme[edit]

Right click on the desktop and click "Personalise". Then scroll the themes down until you see the Basic themes, from which you can choose from.

Windows 8[edit]

API Version Support[edit]

Included DirectX Latest DirectX .NET Framework OpenGL
11.1 11.1 4.5 4.2

General[edit]

Command Prompt[edit]

The Command Prompt is the command-line interpreter provided by Microsoft for Windows systems and is the not-as-powerful equivalent of the shell in Linux and Mac OS. It can be accessed by going to 'run' and typing 'cmd.exe' or by running a 'Batch file'.

Task Manager[edit]

The Task Manager is an application built into Windows that allows for the managing running processes as-well as providing information about computer performance. It can be accessed by presing 'Ctrl + Alt + Delete' and choosing 'Task Manager'.

Device Manager[edit]

The Device Manager is an application built into Windows that allows for the management of device drivers. It can be accessed from the Control Panel.

Registry Editor[edit]

The Registry Editor allows users to edit the Windows registry. It can be accessed by going to 'run' and typing 'Regedit.exe'.

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)[edit]

A Blue Screen of Death (a.k.a BSOD or Bluescreen) is an error screen that Windows produces when it encounters an error that it cannot recover from.

DirectX[edit]

DirectX is a collection of APIs for Windows that allows programs to interact directly with hardware.

.NET Framework[edit]

The .NET Framework is a software framework for Windows that is required for games built in C# or XNA. It can be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft website.

DLLs[edit]

DLL stands for "Dynamic Link Library". DLL files (.dll) are Windows exclusive library files containing code and data that can be used over several applications.

While they can save time for developers, these files can cause problems for the end-user (commonly referred to as "DLL Hell").

Common Fixes[edit]

Older Games Missing .dll File in Windows Vista/7[edit]

Information Some .dll files have different names on Windows Vista and newer.

Fix Copy DLL to folderLink

  1. Make a note of the name of the missing .dll.
  2. Go to %WINDIR%\SysWOW64 (or %WINDIR%\System32 if you are running a 32-bit version of Windows).
  3. Find the .dll that has the same name as the missing .dll but with an additional x in the name (e.g. if the game can't find dplay.dll, look for dplayx.dll).
  4. Copy that .dll into the game folder (do not move it).
  5. Rename the copy to the name of the .dll that was missing (so dplayx.dll becomes dplay.dll, etc.)
  6. The game should now see the .dll and play normally.

Updating DirectX[edit]

To obtain the latest DirectX, download the DirectX Web Updater and run it.