Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Missing Drivers in Windows Vista

Microsoft's collecting much more information about device drivers than you might think. Did you know that when Vista tries to install a driver, and it can't find one (either out of the box or online), your Vista computer will generate Windows Error Reporting error? It then submits that error report to Microsoft. Microsoft can then prioritize how they interact with device vendors based on real-world usability, and get the driver on Windows Update. So if 10,000 users have some obscure piece of hardware, Microsoft can make sure those users get the best experience possible. Cool, huh?



  • Kevin said:

    What a frustrating world

    January 6, 2007 7:12 PM
  • JoeM said:

    Very cool.  This is how they work together.  Can't say that for Apple :)

    January 6, 2007 8:32 PM
  • me said:

    *Can't say that for Apple :)*

    yeah it must be a shame that apple have drivers for all their hardware..

    Sadly to say it but the death of Windows will be in the drivers.

    Once computers are being sold with 4GB+ of RAM, they will have to run Windows 64bit.

    Then every driver known to the driver world for Windows will have to be re-released with 64bit support.

    Im sure that there are LOTS of discontinued products that the manufactures will not be botherd to upgrade the drivers to 64bit.

    Whereas Apple have their own hardware, so they can easly manage it. Linux has mostly all open source drivers so it will be a bit of compiling and maybe some slight debugging.

    And no their not gonna rewrite all the discontinued drivers

    January 6, 2007 10:30 PM
  • List244 said:

    Me, uh...huh??? The death of Windows will be drivers? Sure, Apple writes its own drivers.. but you still need to buy the new hardware... If you are buying new hardware anyway, why not replace that one piece that isn't working? Why would you go buy a whole machine? Do you think Apple is going to be supporting their old hardware with new stuff when it comes into such problems? I highly doubt it, they would rather you buy a new computer. When hardware is outdated, it is exactly that. No matter which OS you run, you will run into outdated hardware. And as long as Windows is used.. companies will get drivers out.

    January 7, 2007 12:18 AM
  • Me said:

    I suspect there is a larger problem here with the drivers and Vista. I have a brand new HP TC4400 tablet PC and several drivers will not install in Vista. Audio, biometrics, and some tablet features do not work. Why hasn't there been a push to standardize hardware so that drivers are universal or standardized?  

    January 26, 2007 2:25 AM