Up For Debate - What's Your Primary Gaming OS in 2018?

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jul 9, 2018 10:46 AM

We’re fast approaching the three year anniversary of a fairly momentous moment in Microsoft’s history - the launch of Windows 10. After the abysmal failure of Windows 8, Microsoft was chomping at the bit to get a new OS into everyone’s hands, gamers included. They were so desperate, in fact, that they gave away Windows 10 for free to each and every owner of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Despite this, erm, generous offer, there were hundreds of millions that didn’t make the jump to the untested new operating system during its first year.

Windows 10 has proven divisive for many people, not least for gamers. Microsoft took little time in pushing its first-party titles into the dreaded Windows Store as UWP apps. Not only did this render the games unplayable on older operating systems, and therefore forcing an upgrade for those who wanted to play them, but the UWP wrapper prevented modding, the frame rates used to be locked, and previously there was no G-Sync or FreeSync support.

But times change, and for the average user, Windows 10 has become a solid no-fuss operating system. Power users and businesses are inevitably the folks the run into trouble, but from a gaming perspective, Windows 10 is arguably the place to be right now.

According to the Steam Hardware Surveys, the gaming world at large also agrees. Windows 10 64-bit is now the dominant gaming OS on Steam, accounting for over 55% of the users. Windows 7 users are now a minority, although at 33% they’re still clinging on.

So, three years down the line, how has your position changed in regards to Windows 10? Have you jumped aboard Microsoft’s new OS or have you remained steadfast in your support for an older OS? Or, have you taken an even further jump and moved to OSX or Linux as your primary gaming OS? Let us know below!

What's Your Primary Gaming OS in 2018?

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Even though I hold my grudges like a dwarf and still sit on my windows 7, my next build is going to be w10 for the sake of simplicity.

saarri6

Still using Windows 7, after switching from XP in 2010. I would switch to Windows 10 only if: 1.There will be no good alternative in the future (next 3-4 years maybe) 2.Future hardware will no longer support Win7

  1. Win7 dies completely
Archterror

I've never had any problems running any game using Windows 10.

JuKezz

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23:08 Jul-12-2018

Rip Win Vista lol
no one wants it

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02:48 Jul-12-2018

I like Windows 10 I have no issues with it except for some privacy things. It is still a better OS than Windows 7 and 8

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20:17 Jul-11-2018

Yep, Windows 10 Pro all the way for gaming. I have zero issues or gripes with it.

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18:53 Jul-11-2018

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, the only bad point is that I lost Spider Solitaire. :(

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18:03 Jul-11-2018

windows 10 ofc :)

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00:24 Jul-11-2018

Win10. A few tweaks here and there and the OS is smooth as butter!

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16:57 Jul-10-2018

Windows 10, i would still use XP if there were driver updates, Windows 7 use less cpu than 10, memory management seems better on Windows 10, what i hate the most on 10 is bluetooth, always some problems

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03:11 Jul-10-2018

I've been on Windows 10 exclusively since it was first released, I was on 7 for the first couple weeks when I built my desktop before I got all the updates installed so I can upgrade from it


Linux (Ubuntu) I have found to be rather useful for just doing work, with my limited abilities in it, all I can do is work as I just don't feel like putting in the work to run Steam on it

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02:25 Jul-10-2018

Windows 10 all the way

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06:15 Jul-10-2018

same here way better then 7 to be honest

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00:20 Jul-10-2018

I've never had any problems running any game using Windows 10.

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00:12 Jul-10-2018

Windows 10 everything works perfectly fine with all of my games.

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22:33 Jul-09-2018

Windows 10 Pro is what I use for gaming, but I have Linux Mint for dual boot and I run that whenever I am not gaming. I also have a laptop that is running Mint. If it wasn't for Windows being pretty much mandatory for gaming I wouldn't run it at all.

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22:32 Jul-09-2018

oddly
Win10 has been great for me since I built my rig 2 years ago
not a single issue...

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21:09 Jul-09-2018

Never used vista , i used Win 7 from 2011 to 2012 , then switched to Win 8 which i liked much more than Win 7 after that when 8.1 came i used that , and since i went from a laptop to a real gaming PC in feb 2017 i installed it without a flaw and have been using Win 10 since then.

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21:14 Jul-09-2018

Now i had my fair share of problems with all of the OS ( win 10 just doesnt like laptops that i installed it on ) i still prefer win 10 for gaming

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20:42 Jul-09-2018

Win 7 for 8 years.

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19:54 Jul-09-2018

Windows 10

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Why Windows XP is not there? I have been playing on it till a couple of months back and my brother stil use it. I´ve to say it´s not a great computer but it still supports games as minceraft, lol, smite.

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19:48 Jul-09-2018

Windows 10, as if we have much of a choice.... I'd rather have the option of not being forced to use any variant of Windows at all if I'm honest.

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21:06 Jul-09-2018

Those who want to game on pc are somewhat still bound to windows

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22:34 Jul-09-2018

Your best option is to setup for dual boot and run something like Mint the rest of the time.

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17:57 Jul-11-2018

well i tried mint once and i was too dumb for that... i am used to have my os in german although i usually stuff in english enjoy. but i dont even know how these consoles work. i shall go and watch something like a linux basics tutorial on youtube lol guess that would be nice.

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19:31 Jul-09-2018

Windows 10, had several problems updating from 7 at first, but now I'm happy with it. I don't like the fact they have tried to force it on people though.

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19:51 Jul-09-2018

I don't like the fact that they shove updates down your throat whether you want them or not.... and when someone discovers ways of disabling updates(disabling the process in services, setting your connection to metered, blocking the update servers, etc), M$ quickly rains on our parade and renders those tricks useless

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19:00 Jul-09-2018

i'm using win10 right now but as it goes i believe i will return to win7

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