Another common compatibility issue which we have yet
to explore is the problem of incompatible or missing software
drivers. Without the correct Windows Vista drivers to run it, your computer's
features like the network connection and sound will refuse to work correctly or just not
work at all. Worse, installing drivers meant for XP can often cause disastrous
results in Windows Vista.
While most recent computer hardware from
reputable manufacturers should have Vista drivers available for it by the time
you read this, that does not mean that your hardware will work with Vista 'out
of the box'. This is a common problem faced by those attempting an
upgrade to Windows Vista.
Most products manufactured by major hardware vendors that are still in
business will have Vista drivers available; you just need to find them. If your product
was purchased on or before January-April 2007, chances are that the drivers
that came with it are not Vista specific or
compatible. Even if Vista drivers are included, they may not install automatically using
the 'autorun' feature of the CD.
You need to be careful with this, as it is
quite possible to install drivers intended for Windows XP and cause problems
with your Vista installation. Certain products carried 'vista compatible'
stickers around the date of Vista's release, even though they did not contain
Vista drivers out of the box.
Best practice is always to look on your hardware
manufacturer's website and obtain the newest Vista compatible drivers for your
particular hardware. If you are obtaining Vista drivers for your motherboard,
remember to always install the chipset driver (or the Intel INF update
application for Intel chipset motherboards) before ANY other drivers.
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