|20 Oct 2013||#2|
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It looks like this is a stability option. In searching the gaming sites there is apparently a lengthy tooltip visable when hovering over the choices. the gist of which is:
User mode gives the best monitoring performance and doesn't consume kernel address space, while Kernel mode can protect hardware-mapped memory ranges from unauthorized access by badly-designed applications* and in this way can protect the system from instability.
Added new compatibility option allowing using protected kernel mode low-level access to hardware instead of user mode one. This option can also be used to bypass Punkbuster related stability issues
PunkBuster is a computer program that is designed to detect software used for cheating in online games. It does this by scanning the memory contents of the local machine. A computer identified as using cheats may be banned from connecting to protected servers. The aim of the program is to isolate cheaters and prevent them from disrupting legitimate games.
This is apparently safe, and suggested for people with instability or BSOD issues. A Guy
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