Unlike applications, drivers have to be OS-specific. These are not something
that can be used in any sort of compatibility mode, as the main function of
the driver file is to communicate the instructions between the OS and the
hardware. Applications that use compatibility mode use a translation layer
that translates the instructions to compatible instructions. Whether or not
the hardware vendors choose to write these is the problem. There's no profit
in writing new drivers for old hardware, so few companies do it. It's not a
matter of whether or not it should be allowed, the drivers *must* be able to
comply to the OS' standards.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Andrea Gates" <Andrea.Gates.email@example.com> wrote in message
> We are confronted with massive lack of hardware drivers in Vista.
> Over 60% of our office peripheral equipment cannot be used at all when we
> upgrade to Vista.
> All the HP DeskJet 970 printers cannot print in duplex because HP declared
> they do not have Vista drivers for this printers.
> All our HP Scan jet C5200 cannot used at all because HP declared they do
> not have Vista drivers for this scanner.
> All our Dell Nitro 3D monitor adapters (using S3 ViRge/GX IC) do not have
> Vista drivers and we cannot set the monitor to display except the lowest
> basic VGA resolutions.
> So why in the world Microsoft do not allow XP drivers to be used in Vista?
> That means we have to roll back all our Vista systems back to XP and new
> purchases in XP only.