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09-13-2010 07:58 AM
Hello lindade46, Usually, hardware drivers (printer) are supported by the manufacurer. Windows does offer some "generic" drivers for some hardware.
It is recommended that you always try to acquire the drivers from the manufacturer. Sometimes this is not possible.
Many of the Vista drivers work very well in Windows 7, so if you cannot locate a Windows 7 driver, you can try to install a Vista driver. Be aware that Windows 7 is less forgiving when a user tries to install a driver not specifically designed for Windows 7.
Almost all computer hardware manufacturers stop support for their products for older generation hardware when new operating systems are released. There are several reasons for this, but the primary reason is cost to the manufacturer, and sales lost for new hardware if older hardware is supported. Hardware driver code cost the manufacturer quite a lot to develope.
Basically, this amounts to trial and error when trying to locate hardware drivers for newer operating systems when the hardware is several years old.
Hope this helps.
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