Biostar adds Windows 7 support for a number of their MBs

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Biostar is going against the flow, by adding Windows 7 driver support for a large number of their AMD based offerings, and some Intel Motherboards as well.

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Most manufacturers only support Windows 10 on their more modern boards, so this move is certainly unusual.

It seems unclear what prompted Biostar to extend Windows 7 support to this many products. But it shows that Windows 7 is not dead yet. After World of Warcraft added DX12 renderer support to W7, now this happens.

The newly supported boards are: (note raven ridge boards are still not supported)

AMD 300/400 Series Motherboards

AMD SoC Series Motherboards
Intel 300 Series Motherboards

 

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This is good to see.

Microsoft needs to just give up on 10 and re-release 7 as a subscription product or something. It's not like you'd lose anything now that DX12 has been officially ported to 7.
 

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At work we have less issues with 10 than 7.

Corporate software vs consumer perhaps, still true.
 

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More choice is always good!

I've had some pretty bad experiences with biostar motherboards though, including the H81MHV3, a socket 1150 MicroATX motherboard that lacked availability of S3 sleep states!

I thought it was a mistake at first. How can a modern motherboard lack sleep states? But no. They actually did not include them in the BIOS of this motherboard. Wound up returning it.

I'd probably never buy their stuff again.

If you absolutely need something dirt cheap, I guess they can meet that need, but I'd rather spend $10 more and get a better brand.
 
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At work we have less issues with 10 than 7.

Corporate software vs consumer perhaps, still true.

At work we have win 10 too and the computer lags so hard it's killing me internally, but that is all the bloatware and spy-gear they installed this year. Just makes me hate win 10 even more.
 

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At work we have win 10 too and the computer lags so hard it's killing me internally, but that is all the bloatware and spy-gear they installed this year. Just makes me hate win 10 even more.

In my experience Win 10 tends to be lighter weight and run faster on limited hardware than 7 or 8 does. I disagree with lots of Microsoft's design decisions in Windows 10, but I do think they did a fantastic job of kernel, memory and storage footprint optimization.
 

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Smart move. Until MS builds a proper successor to 7 that respects it's users, provides a telemetry off switch, control over updates and the ability to opt out of auto-installs of all the app crapware, and delete all traces of ugly metro tiles, people will continue to appreciate 7's value.
 

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More choice is always good!

I've had some pretty bad experiences with biostar motherboards though, including the H81MHV3, a socket 1150 MicroATX motherboard that lacked availability of S3 sleep states!

I thought it was a mistake at first. How can a modern motherboard lack sleep states? But no. They actually did not include them in the BIOS of this motherboard. Wound up returning it.

I'd probably never buy their stuff again.

If you absolutely need something dirt cheap, I guess they can meet that need, but I'd rather spend $10 more and get a better brand.

What use is sleep mode for a cryptominer?

After digging around a bit, I think crypto is their primary market. They advertise it on their website, and after searching around for prices for the cheaper boards, its almost like they are non-existent.

Win 7 keys are cheap, and can be upgraded to Win 10 for free still with a little work.
 

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Smart move. Until MS builds a proper successor to 7 that respects it's users, provides a telemetry off switch, control over updates and the ability to opt out of auto-installs of all the app crapware, and delete all traces of ugly metro tiles, people will continue to appreciate 7's value.

I'm concerned we are going to see another explosion in botnets and exploits after all the stubborn people holding on to Windows 7 continue to do so after it goes EOL and no longer gets security patches next April.
 

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I'm concerned we are going to see another explosion in botnets and exploits after all the stubborn people holding on to Windows 7 continue to do so after it goes EOL and no longer gets security patches next April.
You don't have to visualize the end of the world. If you knew how many computers run unpatched as is.
 

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You don't have to visualize the end of the world. If you knew how many computers run unpatched as is.

That's a very large part of the problem, and it's going to get worse.

This is why we can't have nice things.
 

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That's a very large part of the problem, and it's going to get worse.

This is why we can't have nice things.
We can't have nice things because people continue to blindly support anti-consumer bullshit out of companies like MS.

I'll be switching to Linux once support drops and only running Windows in a virtual machine for the few games not currently supported until MS gets their heads out of their collective asses and gives us a decent os again.
 

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More choice is always good!

I've had some pretty bad experiences with biostar motherboards though, including the H81MHV3, a socket 1150 MicroATX motherboard that lacked availability of S3 sleep states!

I thought it was a mistake at first. How can a modern motherboard lack sleep states? But no. They actually did not include them in the BIOS of this motherboard. Wound up returning it.

I'd probably never buy their stuff again.

If you absolutely need something dirt cheap, I guess they can meet that need, but I'd rather spend $10 more and get a better brand.

an IT store i worked in, sold them for a short while.
its going to take a lot of effort for biostar to gain my trust again
 
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At work we have win 10 too and the computer lags so hard it's killing me internally, but that is all the bloatware and spy-gear they installed this year. Just makes me hate win 10 even more.

almsot all the issue i have to deal with in regards to slow computer are due to windows 10 updates.
 
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We can't have nice things because people continue to blindly support anti-consumer bullshit out of companies like MS.

I'll be switching to Linux once support drops and only running Windows in a virtual machine for the few games not currently supported until MS gets their heads out of their collective asses and gives us a decent os again.

Yeah, I'm using Linux as well as my primary OS. I did the "free upgrade" to windows 10 a few months after it launched. I don't like it much, but I have everything disabled as much as I can. I dual boot to it for the sole purpose of games. I never even open a browser window in it.
 

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We can't have nice things because people continue to blindly support anti-consumer bullshit out of companies like MS.

I'll be switching to Linux once support drops and only running Windows in a virtual machine for the few games not currently supported until MS gets their heads out of their collective asses and gives us a decent os again.

By running Windows now, and in the future you are supporting them.
 

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By running Windows now, and in the future you are supporting them.

Wasn't really anything wrong with win7 that you could call out as anti consumer practices. They didn't start that shit until 8.
 

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I appreciate companies that support as many OSes as possible. That being said, I still won't be purchasing any Biostar products anytime soon. Now if they decided to take up the Windows XP banner, that might be a game changer.
 

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I appreciate companies that support as many OSes as possible. That being said, I still won't be purchasing any Biostar products anytime soon. Now if they decided to take up the Windows XP banner, that might be a game changer.
Win 7 over 10 at least has some logic to it as the OS is still incredibly quick and isn't plagued with terrible UI choices, removed features and other irritating crap. If you aren't a business with customized software, there is literally zero reason to ever use XP.
 

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We can't have nice things because people continue to blindly support anti-consumer bullshit out of companies like MS.

I'll be switching to Linux once support drops and only running Windows in a virtual machine for the few games not currently supported until MS gets their heads out of their collective asses and gives us a decent os again.

*Typed from my Android phone using Chrome.* :D
 

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Win 7 over 10 at least has some logic to it as the OS is still incredibly quick and isn't plagued with terrible UI choices, removed features and other irritating crap. If you aren't a business with customized software, there is literally zero reason to ever use XP.

If you think Windows 7 is incredibly quick try XP on a modern platform. That being said, I would never recommend anyone use XP on a machine that is used on the internet in anyway. The usage scenarios I have in mind for XP are industrial in nature and involve primarily legacy applications that would cost thousands to replace. Part of my last job was to deal with this legacy software and the legacy hardware that runs it. It was supposed to involve replacing at least the legacy hardware but there was never enough time or money to complete that.
 
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Wasn't really anything wrong with win7 that you could call out as anti consumer practices. They didn't start that shit until 8.
Until Microsoft started putting telemetry updates out.

I have a x370gtn and it was always running Windows 7 i wonder what they changed?
 
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