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In Topic: Confusion about Windows licenses

29 July 2015 - 11:01 PM

View Posttypographie, on 29 July 2015 - 02:15 PM, said:

One last thing, Quaker: you said you once managed to get an XP OEM license used on a new system. Is there a specific support number to call for that?
It was a later version that did online authentication. When it failed the authentication, it popped up a window that gave the number to call (plus other options).
Note - don't swear at them. They'll hang up. :)
(But they did authenticate it.)

In Topic: Confusion about Windows licenses

29 July 2015 - 01:48 PM

I must admit that, even though I have the "Get Windows 10" icon on my taskbar, I haven't really looked into yet. I have a basic distrust of Microsoft, and I'm concerned that Windows 10 will give them too much control over my computer. I'm actually contemplating a switch to Linux - the main problem being getting SWTOR to run (well) under Linux.
Of course, the main problem with Linux is that it's a PiA to install, configure, and update.

So, to answer your question - I don't know.
If you are planning (or conceding) to move to Windows 10, the only issue would be the possibility of getting the Pro version if you went 7 Home to 8.1 Pro to 10 Pro. I haven't actually looked into what versions of Windows 10 are to be available, and what can upgrade to what.

In Topic: Confusion about Windows licenses

28 July 2015 - 01:21 PM

I once used an OEM Windows XP license from a laptop to install Win XP on my wife's desktop. I had to call them and act all innocent by telling them I replaced my motherboard (they didn't know the license came from a laptop :) ). So, it can be done. Just remember to tell them that your motherboard died and you didn't know you had to replace it with the same motherboard. (I don't think they really care all that much.)
BTW, I have since upgraded my wife's computer's hardware (CPU, mobo, RAM, & case) and I used a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for the OS. The hard drive I used had some form of Windows on it which had never actually been installed on the new hardware, but the Windows 7 - booted from the DVD - was happy enough to just find a Windows install. I'm fairly sure you could also do a clean install on an SSD if the storage HDD has a Windows install on it.

The Windows 8.1 upgrade may be only design to upgrade Windows 8.0 Pro to 8.1 Pro.
If it is a full Windows 8.1, you may need to install some form of Windows, say, your Windows 7, first. I'm not sure if you can upgrade Windows 7 Home to Windows 8.1 Pro though.
In any case, you would not need to do a full install of Windows 7. No need to install drivers and such. (Or it could just be an old install on the HDD/SSD.)

Personally, I wouldn't be concerned about using the Pro version anyway. The Pro versions usually just add a bunch of network and security features that are only really useful for network administrators or IT people. Some people just like to sound all techy by saying they have the "Pro" version. ;)

The easiest thing might be to simply try it. Try upgrading your current system with the 8.1 Pro disk. It should tell you if it won't do it and/or fail to install - without damaging your current install. (Key word - should :) )

In Topic: Low FPS, Looking for some help.

27 July 2015 - 02:24 PM

View PostDwellerexe, on 26 July 2015 - 01:44 PM, said:

I think this game is just optimized poorly.
As I said in the other thread - your FX-8350 simply sucks. It's a shame to hobble dual GTX-970s with such a CPU. Since you seem to have money, I'd suggest you get an Intel Haswell-E socket 2011 processor that has the power and PCIe lanes (28 or 40) to support the graphics. Or, at least, an i5-4690K.

I'm not sure you can get a refund once you've used the key code, but you could possibly sell the code to someone else. It's against the EULA to sell an account, but in this case, if the account is basically unused, it's at least, morally OK. :)

P.s. I didn't mention in the other thread, that AMD FX CPUs are as good, if not better than Intel at some types of tasks that can properly make use of the modules (cores). Unfortunately, gaming isn't one of those tasks.

I'd suggest, if you want to bother to try getting GW2 to run, removing any CPU overclock (and any GPU OC beyond the factory OC) to see if that improves performance.
Also, I'm not sure if GW2 works well with SLI - try running without it.

In Topic: One year in and still bad optimization.

27 July 2015 - 02:10 PM

I play SWTOR these days (although I may come back to GW2 for a while until the next SW update). I'm also active on the SWTOR forums.

It's funny because, over there when people are constantly whining about the "engine" and their low fps, I tell them about how people are also whining about the same issues with GW2. :)

So, basically the bottom line is - GW2, SWTOR, and just about all other good MMOs, are very CPU intensive. This is just a natural result of the type of game. There are more spell effects, character models, players, and NPCs in MMOs, that are also less constrained in their movement than in other games like solo FPSes etc. If you want to play (almost) any MMO that has detailed scenery and character models, plus spell effects, plus many players, you will need a top of the line CPU.
Even the newer engines have the same problems, and the "newness" is mostly just in the type of graphics effects they include and the ease (for the game developer) of using them - not so much for better fps.

You people who think that somehow "optimizing" the game engine is going to miraculously boost your fps by 200% are just kidding yourselves. If (and I do mean if) there is any serious optimizing that could be done, it might, at most, give you a few percent increase in fps - even a 10% increase would mean you'd go from 20 fps to 22 fps - whoopee!.

As you can see from Elder's post, your CPU makes a LOT of difference to this game. Quite frankly AMD FX processors suck compared to Intel processors for playing GW2 or SWTOR.
Basically, if you want to get playable frame rates in GW2 or SWTOR you will need an Intel i5-3xxx or 4xxx. If you insist on sticking with AMD, you'll have to suffer with poor(er) FPS.
Even an i5-4690 will still only get 45-55 fps in WvW and large events, but that is playable at least. (60+ fps in normal PvE)

P.S. I'm not an Intel fan-boy. I'm actually a big supporter of AMD (but I wouldn't say I'm a fan-boy). AMD APU's are the best thing out there (imho) when it comes to basic low-cost websurfer or HTPC boxes.
But the unfortunate truth at the moment is that AMD FX CPUs just can't cut it when compared to i5/i7s for gaming.

P.P.S. Strange as it may seem, overclocking your CPU can result in lower fps in MMOs.

P.P.S.2. The FX-6300 is not a true 6-core processor. The FX-8350 is not a true 8-core CPU. The FX architecture is based around "processor modules" that each consist of 2 semi-cores and a number of shared resources. The FX-6300 is a 3 module CPU, the FX-8350 is a 4 module CPU. So don't keep calling them 6 and 8 "core" CPUs like that means anything.

PPS3 - Here's some handy info for you. Particularly note where the FX CPUs sit on the hierarchy chart at the end of the article.