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Windows Vista Upgrade
Microsoft has began porting the features of Windows 7 back into Vista, which also means bringing the latest DirectX version to the operating system too. The features will be made available in a Windows update download, labelled as recommended. The updated platform will allow users to run the latest version of the DirectX engine on Windows Vista. However, there is a catch, it will only work on editions of Vista with Service Pack 2 installed, meaning those using SP1 or RTM versions will have to upgrade using Windows update.
DirectX 11, one of the big selling points of windows 7, will now be available to existing Vista users, as well as components such as DirectWrite, Direct2D, Direct3D 11, Direct3D 10 Level 9, and DXGI 1.1. It is most likely to come in a third service pack, although Microsoft refused to comment on wether or not the DirectX 11 would be available to users as a standalone package. They plan to launch the updated platform some time around the official Windows 7 launch, although the beta can be downloaded from Microsoft's website now. We all know this is just another fix that they have thought of to try and save Vista's reputation, which is, quite frankly too late as we all know Windows 7 is what Vista should have been.
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