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    News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    First of a new series of regular driver updates from NVIDIA for the new Microsoft operating system.
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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    Great, *another* set of drivers / patches / updates to download

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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    are they trying to avoid been named and shamed as responsible for the large number of BSODs?
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    Is the Win7 driver model significantly different from Vista?

    I thought it was a case of: XP -> Vista big change, Vista -> Win7, not so much.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    are they trying to avoid been named and shamed as responsible for the large number of BSODs?
    Did you expect to try a Beta version of an operating system and expect everything to be perfect?

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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    I think TheAnimus was refering to the Nvidia on Vista issues people had for the first 6 months of the OS.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    windows update in windows 7 already provides the wddm 1.1 driver.
    it had its second update via windows update a few days ago.
    but now the lastest betas are provided by the nvidia website.


    btw these are the changes in wddm 1.1

    1.1
    Windows 7 will feature WDDM v1.1; the details of this new version were unveiled at WinHEC 2008. New features include [3]:

    Return of 2D GUI hardware acceleration for use by GDI and Direct2D
    BitBlt, StretchBlt, TransparentBlt
    AlphaBlend, ColorFill
    ClearType font support
    DXVA-HD DDI
    Hardware video overlay DDI
    Optional AES 128 encryption
    Optional decoding of encrypted video content
    Last edited by lodore; 02-03-2009 at 06:01 PM.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Is the Win7 driver model significantly different from Vista?

    I thought it was a case of: XP -> Vista big change, Vista -> Win7, not so much.
    Just because Vista and Windows 7 look similar in terms of appearance, it doesn't mean that the drivers are going to be the same.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA releases Windows 7 drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by crowdsurfer100 View Post
    Just because Vista and Windows 7 look similar in terms of appearance, it doesn't mean that the drivers are going to be the same.
    No, I understand that. But the whole thing about the move from Vista to Win7 is that it is an evolutionary step rather than revolutionary. So although it is inevitable there will be changes, there shouldn't be as many or as large as they were when going from XP to Vista.

    As lodore said in his post, WDDM has moved from 1.0 to 1.1 in Win7, as opposed to launching an entirely new driver model that was WDDM 1.0 with Vista.

    This is a classic Tick-Tock development cycle.

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