I'm having issues with games (Steam or otherwise; Windows 8.1 might be involved) RRS feed

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  • I got this new gaming desktop which (ironically) cant play games. I say this because whenever I launch a game, it freezes. Its not at the start screen mind you, its after a few seconds after I start playing the game. There isn't any crash reports, just freezing and frustration; although this only applies to Steam games, if its a game like Minecraft or LoL, it will restart for some unknown reason. I have no idea if its a simple incompatibly with Steam or other games thats causing the issue, or Windows 8.1 is just stupid.

    Also I installed the latest drivers without any results. I have a AMD video card

    Friday, November 29, 2013 12:44 AM


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  • Hi,

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    • Proposed as answer by Just Karl Monday, December 2, 2013 5:29 PM
    • Marked as answer by Just Karl Monday, December 9, 2013 3:23 PM
    Sunday, December 1, 2013 3:40 AM
  • Unfortunately your post is off topic here, in the TechNet Site Feedback forum, because it is not Feedback about the TechNet Website or Subscription.  This is a standard response I’ve written up in advance to help many people (thousands, really.) who post their question in this forum in error, but please don’t ignore it.  The links I share below I’ve collected to help you get right where you need to go with your issue.

    Would lean towards asking this over at the Steam forums as well.  Civ5, Osmos, World of Goo, Supreme Commander 2 all run great on my Surface Pro 1 with Windows 8.1 Pro installed, coming from Steam.  I'd also look for a diagnostic mode to start those games in, and you might want to actually downgrade some of your drivers to the Windows 7 version, as 8.1 specific versions are still quite new. Good luck!

    For technical issues with Microsoft products that you would run into as an end user of those products, one great source of info and help is http://answers.microsoft.com, which has sections for Windows, Hotmail, Office, IE, and other products. Office related forums are also here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/contact-us-FX103894077.aspx

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    Monday, December 2, 2013 4:01 PM