Windows XP and Beyond - Compatibility

Who should supply the compatibility?

  • Microsoft

    Votes: 2 0.0%
  • Hardware vendors

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Both sides should work together equally

    Votes: 3 0.0%
  • Bob the Magic Monkey

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


Thread Starter
Aug 27, 2001
Just watching the TV,

Some are having problems finding the right drivers and software to run their hardware under Windows XP (its only just been released here in the UK). The discussion that was raised was whether it is up to Microsoft OR Hardware suppliers to make your system work properly.

Who should supply the compatibility?
Jan 30, 2001

If it worked in windows95 and 98 and doesn't work with XP then it's Microsoft's fault. You really shouldn't need to have a manufacturer rewrite its drivers for older hardware every time they release a new operating system.
Dec 2, 1998
For older hardware, I completely agree with Lurker.
Newer hardware, of course, is the manufacturer's responsibility.
May 26, 2001
I agree, it depends how new the hardware is. Microsoft needs to make things that previously worked still work, and manufactures need to writer drivers that work to begin with (obviously)... as big as MS is, they don't have ESP... or do they? However, it might not be a full time responsiblilty on MS's part. I am no expert, but it seems like MS can't let compatibility stand in the way of an improvement they need to make. Sometimes it may be unavoidable, and in that case it isn't MS's job to keep up and write their own drivers for somebody else... remember, they don't have ESP. It is unfair, though, to those who have to write new drivers to keep up, as there are equally those who don't have to... but when MS comes out with a new OS, it is inevitable that some manufacturers will get screwed, and then some end-users along in the process, for that matter.

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