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by mediawork / January 17, 2012 9:21 AM PST

I recently asked a gaming-related question on the Software Forum, but inspite of two kind offers of help, without success.

Anyone out there: which Forum do gamers use most frequently?

(I run Win7)

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Bit unclear
by mediawork / January 17, 2012 6:14 PM PST
In reply to: Gaming/Gamers

Sorry, but I am a bit unclear about what I am to clarify.

So I will repeat the question I originally asked, which attracted two well-meaning replies from forum members, but which did not supply the answer I needed:

Microsoft has a learge free software download which is supposed to speed up computers for gaming. Does anyone know the name of this software, so that I can download, install and try out?

Now a new question: does Microsoft have a site where I can chat online free to obtain this information?

Do hope thisd clarifies, thanks

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Re: download
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 6:41 PM PST
In reply to: Bit unclear

Sorry, I never heard of such a download. Who told you about it or where did you read about it?

Microsoft does have forums, just like we have. But no free chat. And with such a vague question, it would be unlikely their chat persons would know, I think.

Kees

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PCMech
by mediawork / January 18, 2012 3:02 AM PST
In reply to: Re: download

My regular email from PCMech gave the download link. Can't remember the size of the download, but it was BIG. Unfortunately, being busy for the December festive season, I multitasked while theis freeware was downloading, and so lost the download. Have tried to find the answer on PCMech, but without success.

Deservedly so, some might say: I am too stingy to join PCMech when so much infomation is available free. If I joined, no doubt PCMech would try to help me.

In resposnse to other kind contributpors to this thread, my HP TouchSmart 300 PC is geared for gaming.

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Could be a useful clue there
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 18, 2012 4:07 AM PST
In reply to: PCMech

You get emails from PCMech and one of the emails in December had a link or information about this software.

If this is a monthly Newsletter from PCMech why not visit their site and look for the Newsletters. They may post them online. It's a common thing to do, for example CNET Newsletters are all available online. I can view my own email provided CNET Newsletters online as in the example below;
http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e404&send_date=01/18/2012

So perhaps PCMech does the same? In fact they have an Archive of Newsetters.

If you can't find December 2011's version there, try their forums, http://www.pcmech.com/forum/

Mark

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MarkFlax is super useful
by mediawork / January 18, 2012 6:57 AM PST

Thanks indeed, Mark - have started to seardch PCMech archives. No success yet after brief try suspended because the lateness of the Eurohour. My previous searches of the PCMech site had missed the convenient archive feature - because |I must be a dope

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 18, 2012 7:15 PM PST

not a dope at all. It was well hidden! Happy

If you can't find Dec 2011's edition there, (they don't make it easy do they), ask around in their forums.

Good luck.

Mark

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I remember your previous question
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 6:47 PM PST
In reply to: Bit unclear

and to help others, here's the lilnk to it;
http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6138_102-552502/supersonic-pc/?messageId=5256902&tag=rb_content;contentBody#message5256902

I will say now that Microsoft does not do software other than Windows OS and updates, so there is no 'software' application that they provide that will do what you want.

They may have "Fixes" that attempt to fix Windows problems, but these are specific to whatever the problems are.

You may be thinking of "Optimizer" software from non-Microsoft providers to improve performance, but we rarely recommend any of those, if ever, because of the problems they can cause.

As to computers for gaming, they are hardware based, not software. You need the right hardware for gaming computers, speed of processors, sufficient RAM, fast video cards, in particular the Architecture of the computer, not the OS. A generic and cheap laptop for example will not do well with today's graphic intensive games, but my Alienware Area 51 ALX Desktop will.

So, not the answer you want from me, but you are welcome to hang around and see what others say.

Mark

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The only thing I've seem specific for gaming
by Steven Haninger / January 17, 2012 8:47 PM PST
In reply to: Bit unclear

is some BIOS (MB or GPU) updates and video card driver updates. These tend to be hardware focused and not OS. I don't do gaming but I do update hardware. Prior to downloading updates, I check to see if any of the new fixes will be to my advantage. Thus, if it's only to improve gaming performance, I don't bother with them. But such is how I know these things exist.

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