It is rather unfortunate that Windows Vista has problems to provide correct drivers for a lot of devices. This is especially the case for trusted old devices such as printers, scanners or plotters that you like to use under Microsoft's new operating system as well.
If a device is not recognized properly or not at all, you may experience issues that part of its functionality is not available or that you cannot use the device at all when you connect it to Windows Vista.
While you can head over to the manufacturers website in hope of finding updated drivers, it is often the case that old device drivers are not updated when new operating systems come along. And a web search is not the most reliable option either as you may end up with spam, malicious or rip-off sites.
While it is still possible to find drivers, if they exist, this way if you are persistent enough, it may take you a long time to do so.
Another way that could lead to the same result is be to visit the Vista Drivers website that lists many drivers for all sorts of devices and brands
The main page lists many of the most known hardware manufacturers such as ATI, Creative, Dell, Intel, Nvidia and Logitech and the latest drivers that have been added to the site's database.
You can click on a manufacturer here on the page to limit the list of drivers to those created by the selected company. While that is helpful, it is probably better that you enter the device name right away in the search on the site instead.
All links lead directly to the download page for that driver which eliminates the process of finding a driver on the manufacturer's homepage. There is no guarantee that drivers for all of your devices are listed on that page but as far as I can tell the list is updated continuously.Advertisement
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