It worked in Windows 7..

.. so why doesn’t it work in Windows 10? The reference could be for any device, internal or external.

The consensus among some is that Microsoft is in cahoots with computer manufacturers where the ‘game’ is to make the consumer pay up for new stuff when there is actually no need.

I came across one user who honestly believed that Microsoft should put Windows 7 drivers into Windows 10 because they worked in Windows 7. He seems to completely miss the point that it was a ‘Windows 7 driver’ specifically written to enable the hardware device to work in Windows 7.

OK, it is not for Microsoft to decide how device manufacturers should write their own drivers. Microsoft’s biggest hope is that the various manufacturers will support the latest version of Windows such that it gains popular appeal and usage.

The device manufacturers are ok with this as long as the latest version of Windows appears to be popular enough to warrant spending time and money on new drivers. There are also other points.. in no particular order of importance..

The device manufacturer..

  1. sells out to another company, and the ‘team’ is broken up.
  2. decides that it doesn’t want to do the same old stuff anymore and promptly changes direction.
  3. new technology has appeared which has made the older devices redundant and less appealing for support to be continued.

If you are lucky, your older computer will have devices in it which are still all supported well. My Toshiba netbook has Realtek devices in it, and Realtek is still a going concern. Sometimes, the drivers are not always the best, but they get there in the end.

HP use a variety of manufacturers, so some of their stuff may still work and some may be decidedly out of the loop.

There is an element of luck, but there is NO conspiracy on the part of Microsoft. The company doesn’t care what make of stuff you buy as long as it has Windows running on it..


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