mjd420nova, on 18 October 2011 - 06:31 PM, said:
The incompatablity of drivers from one flavor of windows to the next is a serious fault by Microsoft. I still have many users who wanted to move up to Vista but had to roll back to XP when their printers, scanners and other peripherals wouldn't work with the newer versions. I don't see this as planned obsolesence but an oversight by M$. What possible reason would they have for making everyone want to move to a newer version if their older stuff wouldn't work with the new. A simple agreement with the mfgrs and providing them with the proper source codes to allow them to update the drivers and continued usage. Once I generate a system, OS and peripherals, I never try to upgrade the OS for just that reason.
Just like some big companies - profits first, don't bother looking at the long-term consequences.
However, I have seen some HP printers from 2000 or so that have Windows 7 64-bit drivers available on hp's site. What's with that then? This is, in a way, like FF vs Chrome - with new versions of firefox, addon compatibility is broken (sometimes you can force it and it works fine, other times you get serious errors), but with Chrome, I've never had an issue. Say, why doesn't the windows update utility allow other programs to update through it so I have fewer updaters running? And why can't I ban a program from startup if it keeps readding itself when I don't want it?
Also, how hard is it to actually make a driver for 32-bit windows (JUST basic driver, no printer utility or whatever) run on 64-bit windows if you have the source code? Heck, often I wonder if an old printer can be forced to work on a new OS by using a driver from a newer printer (same series and all) from the same manufacturer? I got that wireless card to work on windows 7 64-bit by finding the chipset and downloading a driver from realtek's site. Seriously airlink, the driver is already out there, but you must make it so inconvenient for me to find it and make it work? As I result, I've decided that I will not buy another airlink product unless it is significantly cheaper than the others. Man, how they cannot figure out that doing things like that will result in lost business in the long run... (like how companies do not realize that DRM may INCREASE piracy, no matter how much customers complain and bittorrent traffic increases)
This post has been edited by LiveBrianD: 18 October 2011 - 07:27 PM