I like to play games on my computer every so often and in particular I like to play one called, Spiral Knights. Well, since Microsoft was doing a promotional upgrade of $39.99 to Windows 8 Pro, I decided to go ahead and install it on my laptop and desktop. I then tried to install and run Spiral Knights and found that it gave me an error and wouldn't run.
Figuring that it was a Windows 8 issue, I decided to do some looking online to see what other people had found out. It turned out that I found the source of the problem right on Spiral Knight's website and it said that it was due to the Windows 8 drivers for certain graphic cards not being compatible with the game:
Most current computers should be able to upgrade to Windows 8 and still play Spiral Knights properly. However, up to date graphics drivers are required since the Windows default driver cannot run Spiral Knights in most cases.
So I checked to see which company created my graphics cards and found that Intel created both for my desktop and laptop. So I figured I would install the latest drivers for my computers and did so. However, to my disappointment, the game still would not run and still showed the same error. So I gave up for a time.
Well, just a few days ago, I decided to see if there were any updates to the Windows 8 graphic issues or if there were any new workarounds. I did some searching and found that the website still said the same thing. So I did some more searching to see if anyone was able to get it working anyway and someone wrote that they installed the Windows 7 drivers for their graphics card. The display looked fine in Windows 8 with the Windows 7 drivers and the game worked. So I figured I would give it a try. Since my desktop is a 64-bit machine, I made sure I downloaded the 64-bit graphic drivers for Windows 7. I wanted to try it on my desktop first before causing problems unnecessarily on my laptop. I installed the drivers and let it restart my computer.
When the computer came back on with the Windows 7 drivers, I couldn't tell a difference. It looked the same to me. So I tried running the game. Initially, it looked like it wasn't doing anything (no window opened up) but I could tell that it was running in the background and no error popped up yet so I was hopeful. Sure enough, the game opened right up! I was excited to see that I could play my game again! So I decided to try installing the Windows 7 driver on my laptop and after doing so and installing the game, it worked too.
So, if you have a game or program that won't run on Windows 8 due to a graphics issue (probably OpenGL), try installing the Windows 7 drivers and see if that fixes your problem like it did mine.