Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: My Video Card and installing new games

01 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
My Video Card and installing new games


I had 2 questions on installing new games into Win 7 and my video card.

1) I know when you install older games, it helps to run the installation process manually as administrator, make it compatible to XP or Vista, and install to a Games folder rather than Program Files folder. However, is it safe for the new games and games going forward to let the games autoinstall to the standard Program Files folder or is it better to keep on manually running the install to a Games folder, even for 2010-2011 and future games?

2) My video card is ATI Radeon HD 5700. I'm not up on video card tech. generally speaking, is that a half way decent video card that should allow me to play most current and immediate future games, rpgs, action/FPS games, etc?

Thanks for any input!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2011   #2


1 Most folks might not help ya unless you post your full system specs- mobo cpu mem etc etc.

2 You should install as admin but should only use compat modes if you have problems.

3 That vid card should be fine for most games- has no physx support but not really needed either.

4 Some games or patches may not care to install right- you may have to open and go into and double click the setup exe and install or move patches etc off of your c: drive to say a e: drive or burn them to disc and install from your opti drive.

Some folks say it is best to install games to another folder or make another on c: what ever- I let my games install to default folders and they all run fine..

You should try normal installs first- only do other things if you have problems- common sense stuff..

If using a lap top that in its self will be the most of your gaming problems..

See ya..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)

I have found that if I don't install my games to the default folder, I get a shortcut to the desktop (which I love), if I let it install to the default folder I don't (which I hate)... but I always try to install with elevated admin rights, no matter what. It helps me avoid future issues with it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Apr 2011   #4


Some games do that even in xp- you just go to main game folder find the game start exe and make a short cut to your desk top.

I read long ago folks complain about same things in xp. Install games to other folders or even drives. I was just saying I do not and have no probs or none I notice anyway.. Others can do as they like. Steam might not put a start or your dtop unless you tell it to either.. I would guess it is a w7 glitch it will not put your start icons on your dtop unless install to another folder. If it works and you are happy its all good.. I have read games run better or maybe faster what ever if another folder or something too. I am not sure any of it is really true tho. People can make them selves see thngs that are not there. but might be true. I have no need to test it tho.. If I could not get a game to work from defaults would be another story..

I do think many folks start trying to fix things before they have probs like auto try and install games in compat mode etc. I have lots of the same games other do and do not have probs with compat or installing to default folders. I think folks might be causing them selves probs from the start- they think they are ahead of the game trying to fix stuff when is no need unless they have problems.. Like updating drivers what ever just because new ones are out and might give ya fits and the system was running fine before..

W7 can be glitchy I think- Things that should work do not- But I find work arounds. Like w7 will read some discs and not others. Some games will install other's you have to go in and find the set up exe and install the game or some patches will not work from c: I say all of it is w7. It is great at somethings and my system is powerful- but I have way more probs with w7 than I did in 6 years of xp.. I still like w7 tho..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2011   #5


I gues I do elevated admin install or started doing it anyway..

Is that when you right click and click use or install as admin? if so- Ya I did start doing that- but because I read it is popular- not because I had too or was having probs- makes sense tho or I guess. I do that for any program now I have to download. Games on disc I just insert and install.

I did turn off uac what ever it is. I guess it is some risk but is less a pain too- and I keep up good security and try and have good surfing habits and run scans etc.. For what it is I guess uac is a good thing- it is a pain in the butt tho and too tight- lower it its not so good so might as well turn it completely off or put up with it.. Other than that I just do normal for game play tweaking of my system. When using uac if it popped up during a install I would tell it to install as admin. I just got sick of it fast and most all folks I know turn it off and have no probs..

Some games are just buggy and w7 maybe glitchy. But I seem to run my games fine after I do get them installed. I do not know what to think about w7 at times tho. It can weird up when it feels like it.. Might not restart right after some update what ever. It just acts silly at times. Hit start as normal or reset button and boot again it is all fine..

I think my system games pretty good tho. I like dx10 stuff too. My vid card will run a lil more hot- up the fan some fixes that. I might game better with a lil over clock on my cpu and surely if I had a better video card. But it does pretty good. Stalker cop not as good as in xp- but is using dx10 also. I have put off playing it until I get a better vid card- but I miss my stalker games.

I might install both cs and cop in dx9 mode- Or I think I can change it or make a switch from the start exe- I just need to read on it- The games should run great in dx9 my system is plenty powerful enough and 8 gigs of mem too.. Well I will skip cs 10 patches and still can not complete a game sucks.. Do want to install soc and cop again tho..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64

What I do is I don't mess with anything at first and if the application does not work, then I start messing with admin and compatibility.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 My Video Card and installing new games

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
BSOD after installing new video card
Recently today I installed a new graphic cards, "AMD Radeon R7 260x". I also bought a new power supply due to old power supply not have PCI port cable to plug into my graphic card. I also tried replacing my CPU with a new one, but unfortunately I had to put back the old CPU due to the new CPU not...
BSOD Help and Support
WEI went DOWN after installing video card
I'm happy with my computer, as I mostly do email, forums, and the like. I'm curious though, as I was using the onboard graphics (Intel 82945G on an old Dell OptiPlex GX620) but yesterday installed an XFX Radeon HD5450 (Ebay/New) to get an HDMI output allowing me to use my larger TV in my living...
Performance & Maintenance
Video card changed after re-installing windows.
Hi, I have this problem with my laptop, it had windows 7 on it with a ATI Radeon video card driver. One day I decided to install windows xp on it because it was lagging too much, and after that I went to device manager and saw that there was no video card driver at all and have been trying to fix...
Graphic Cards
Error 0xc0000e After installing a new Video card
Hi all, I recently upgraded (or, attempted to upgrade) my video card. I went from an nVidia 9500GT to an AMD Radeon 7750. All seemed to be going well, and i booted up with greatly improved graphics performance. I installed the new drivers, and everything was great. I left town for the...
Graphic Cards
Video card for demanding games
Which video card would you recommend ? I've read up on different video card specs and honestly... it confuses me even more and leaves really undecided about which type and graphics series to get.
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:15.
Twitter Facebook Google+