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The New Windows 8 OS and the Stereoscopic 3D Support in It

November 3rd, 2012 · 11 Comments · General 3D News


The new Windows 8 OS from Microsoft has been officially out for a few days already and you can get it and upgrade to it or get it with the purchase of a new PC. The big question is if you should do it now, wait for some time before going for Windows 8 or not even think about upgrade for the time being or at all. You can say that the most worked on part of the new OS is the new interface designed for mobile devices such as tablets or computers with touch screen interface, but that can also be considered as the biggest drawback for the users of traditional computers that are used to things like the Start button and programs menu as are missing it. Sure there are other improvements as well and changes that are considered “for the better” for the user, but do all users think they can actually benefit from them. Actually the overall user impressions from the new Windows 8 seem to be more negative than positive, even though people are saying that the new OS works faster and is smoother compared to Windows 7.

And here comes another important question, does Windows 8 work well for stereoscopic 3D use, something that probably a lot of people that are into stereo 3D are asking about. There have been some changes in the video driver model used in Windows 8 and the makers of graphics processors have already implemented and released drivers supporting this, however there might be trouble with other drivers for different hardware, though drivers for Windows 7 might still work if they are digitally signed. There might be some issues for a while with games using different DRM solutions or cheat protection algorithms, preventing you from running certain games, but hopefully these will soon be resolved. Another thing that you might have trouble with if going for the new Windows 8 are all those workaround solutions and tricks that you might’ve used successfully under Windows 7 for making different older or not officially supported 3D hardware working.

My advice for now is not to be in a hurry to go for Windows 8, or at least not as the sole OS you have on your computer. If you want to check it out and try migrating to Windows 8 slowly, then you better start with it installed as a second OS, or even in a virtual machine, as you might have trouble making all your hardware work, trouble with some of the software you are used to working with, or you may not like the new concept at all and decide to skip it and wait for the next major OS release, or at least for some updates or tools to make the transition easier. I already have Windows 8 as a second OS installed, more out of curiosity an to try it out and test various things, including stereoscopic 3D support as well. If you’ve already installed Windows 8 and have tried it, you might’ve faced some issues and here you can share your trouble making things work properly in stereoscopic 3D mode, so that we can find a solution that will work in Windows 8.

I’ll start with one very useful tool that I’ve found out about, a tool that actually makes Windows 8 useable for me, it is called Windows 7 Explorer for Windows 8 (Ex7ForW8) and what it does is to replace the new Windows 8 shell with the one from Windows 7, bringing you back the Start button and menu from Windows 7 into Windows 8. You need to have an installation copy of Windows 7 as the software needs to copy the Explorer.exe executable file from it (it is not included with the installer) and you can easily revert back to the standard Windows 8 shell should you decide to do that as some point. Feel free to share not only your problems, but also some other interesting things that you’ve found out to be useful for you in Windows 8 in the comments below.


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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eqzitara // Nov 4, 2012 at 07:12

    I think it Windows 8 will do fine, they just need to work out some kinks and give it some time as bloody said.

    That said, im optimistic about DX11.1 and its S3D support(Easier for developers to make Native Renders). Alot of people see it as more then I think it is. I imagine it will be easier for a developer who is sponsored by AMD/NVIDIA to do so without…. screwing up(Leaving a ton of bugs/issues). But I dont see what incentive a developer who doesnt care about S3D has.

    Bloody what S3D support does windows 8 offer outside of dx11.1?

  • 2 Bloody // Nov 4, 2012 at 12:43

    “Windows 8 will provide a consistent API and DDI platform for Stereoscopic 3D scenarios such as gaming and video playback. Stereoscopic 3D will be enabled only on systems that have all the components that are stereoscopic 3D capable. These include 3D-capable display hardware, graphics hardware, peripherals, and software applications. The Stereo design in the graphics stack is such that the particular visualization or display technology used is agnostic to the operating system. The Graphics driver talks to the Display and has knowledge about the display capabilities through the standardized EDID structure. The driver will enumerate Stereo capabilities only when it recognizes such a display connected to the system.”

    More about the new WDDM 1.2 driver model features: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/hardware/br259098

  • 3 Arioch // Nov 4, 2012 at 23:43

    Bloody, can you check to see if the registry batch file that increases depth by spamming the registry with a smaller monitor size works in Windows 8?

  • 4 David // Nov 5, 2012 at 12:11

    I used Windows 8 beta for months, and played a lot of Steam games in stereoscopic 3D without any problem. In fact Windows 8 is a better gaming operating system than 7. Not only faster, better compatibility with gaming pads.
    The new Start menu may be shocking at first, but it’s fast, and the explorer in Windows 8 it’s very enhaced from 7, so it’s an error to use Explorer 7 in 8.

  • 5 Bloody // Nov 5, 2012 at 21:39

    I suppose that it is also a matter of habit and can vary from person to person, based on how and what you use your computer for. However, for me personally, though the new start menu in Windows 8 may be interesting and fun for a while, especially if combined with a touch display on a tablet, but it is really a productivity killer when used on a normal desktop or laptop PC.

  • 6 otari // Nov 5, 2012 at 23:39

    Only problem I’m having with my Windows 8 installation is that Firefox and Chrome no longer display content in 3D with silverlight – sites like 3dvisionlive.com just display sbs pairs. Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this? Otherwise, everything is fine with all my stereo games and apps.

  • 7 eqzitara // Nov 7, 2012 at 03:28

    D3D9.DLL ‘s such as helix wrapper/enb/etc dont work unless that was fixed.

    @Otari
    Try select when display is in 3d mode and make sure its set for always. Only suggestion I can think of.

  • 8 otari // Nov 9, 2012 at 04:01

    Thanks for the suggestion eqz, I upgraded to the 310 beta drivers and all is good.

  • 9 kingsmeadow // Nov 10, 2012 at 11:19

    I installed the 310 beta drivers and the 3d pictures worked fine but the video still showed sbs. I then tried to enable SLI mode and things hung and I had to revert to a previous driver.

  • 10 Denej // Nov 11, 2012 at 15:00

    Since I’m on Windows 8, the option to display 3D in windowed mode is not even here. I’m forced to be in fullscreen.

  • 11 nintari // Nov 13, 2012 at 06:51

    Any word on how to get s3D working for win 8? I have a GTX 690 currently with a S23A750D my only option before was to use tridef in ugly side by side mode. I had CFX 6970s before and had Frame sequential and am dying to get it back without buying a new monitor!!!

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