The big question: Which OS is the Best for my Cab?
Windows 8? Windows 7? Or maybe Windows XP?
I started with Windows XP – small, fast booting and it needs less ressources than the other OS.
First everything fas quite fine (except of some graphical issues when using VP), but at this time I wanted Head-Tracking support with Kinect, which does not run with Windows XP, so I upgraded to Win 8.1
Well, no head-tracking anymore, but Win 8.1 is still installed.
My Windows 8.1 experiences so far:
Boot time including PinballX frontend: 20 Seconds – great!
No big problems occured with VP, FP, BAM or the frontend. Only the KeyWiz Uploader didn´t work properly (It only uploaded the Keycodes when on focus).
So I dumped the Uploader and rewired the KeyWiz so the uploader wasn´t needed anymore.
VP worked fine, except of some Tables. Some tables were unplayable because of heavy ball stutter!
After hours of tial and error i unchecked “Region Updates” and “Region Optimization” in the VP settings and voila: No ball stutter anymore!
I really recommend Windows 8: fast booting, great compatibility and future proof becaude DirectX 11 (Who knows which great Apps are released in the future)