During the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event, Microsoft announced that they will be releasing a new edition of Windows that will be aimed at those who want to play games on their computers. This edition of Windows, called Windows "GAMER edition", is similar to the Windows 7 Ultimate Edition,.
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Hardware-wise, Windows GAMER edition is supposed to be the same as Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, but with a different skin. It is supposed to have the same 3rd-party content as the Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, but without a lot of information on the operating system, only resembling the Windows 8 Start screen. One can download Windows GAMER edition on computers of any type (x86 & x64) with 512 MB RAM and a 2 GHz processor to 32 GB RAM and 6 GB of hard drive space. Later on, 1 GB of RAM and 60 GB of hard drive space is required to play video games. In order to run games, the user has to be running Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 (with the exception of the Universal Windows Platform games, which may run on previous versions of Windows. ). Games require DirectX 11 (DirectX 10.2.3 only supports Windows 7 and Windows 8) and Windows Defender is required to run the program. Windows Defender is included with the Windows 8 Pro or Home editions, but not included with Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro editions have Windows Defender included.
The Windows 10 edition is available for download for free to Windows 7 users. The Windows 10 version is less demanding, but the user will have to enter a serial number to unlock the ISO. If the user has a Windows 7 license, they can also unlock it through Windows Activation, Windows Updatemanager, or Windows Update.
On 19 September 2010, multiple websites were taken down (including Windows Live's Windows.com) after a total of 12 websites were taken down, including Windows.com, MSN.com, Reddit.com, and many others. The reason for the removal was because of "copyright infringement". The website of Ars Technica was also taken down at the time. This prompted Microsoft to announce that Windows Live was being rebranded as Windows Live ID,. This further provoked a worldwide protest that lasted over 100 hours. This resulted in the death of a man and led Microsoft to take down Windows Live message service again.