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Windows Vista and older peripherals

By CG IT ·
This is from HP's site regarding some of their older printers.

"We are sorry to inform you that there will be no Windows Vista support available for your HP product. Therefore your product will not work with Windows Vista.
If you are using the Windows Vista operating system on your computer, please consider upgrading to a newer HP product that is supported on Windows Vista.
HP has numerous products on the market that support Windows Vista".

This is one of the reasons that Vista will not find as broad a market saturation early on as XP did. Many of the older but still functional printers are not supported. Consumers will upgrade to vista and if they have older [3 to 4 years] printers and scanners, they will find that many the mfgs won't provide updated drivers, rather direct you to buy a newer model [ like HP]

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XP Had the Same Issue

by TheChas In reply to Windows Vista and older p ...

There was the same issue with older hardware when XP came out.

The only difference is that Microsoft made an effort to support basic functionality of many hardware devices in XP. In fact many of the initial patches for XP were updates to drivers that did not work. The problem is that in many cases, the response was to disable functions that did not work properly rather than to fix the issue.

There are stacks of Printers, scanners, video cards and sound cards that were discarded just because they did not work with XP. I did not expect Vista to be any different.


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by dawgit In reply to Windows Vista and older p ...

I bet those printers will work, and continue to work (well) with Linux. Just my little 2? cents -d

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many of my customers asked about Vista

by CG IT In reply to But...

I told them that probably many of the printers and scanners, not to mention other devices won't work with Vista.

Perfectly good printers, scanners and the lot won't work and small businesses just don't want to have to buy new everything just to use Vista.

Home users maybe, but not businesses. Many are on the 3 year or even 5 year equipment depreciation. Small businesses just keep what works and don't get new until the old breaks.

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Makes sense to me.

by dawgit In reply to many of my customers aske ...

As it seems to most business's over here also. It looks (the anouncement from HP) like HP is pre-empting service calls from customers whose printers will quit working. (due to Vista installs) Smart move on the part of HP. -d

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by CG IT In reply to Makes sense to me.

if consumers and small business owners are smart, they will first check that all the peripherals they have, have updated drivers from the mfg before they buy.

But The Chas likens Vista to XP where many of the initial updates to XP after its launch were drivers. With mfgs saying they won't make drivers for older yet still working equipment, many consumers aren't going to be happy when they find out they have to buy new printers, scanners, and many software programs. Nero 6 whatever flavor so far isn't being patched for Vista. Not sure about Roxio yet, ...

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Manufactures are letting us all down also

by bill In reply to Makes sense to me.

It seems to me that the makers of all these devices are just sitting on their buts and leaving all of us out in the cold just to increase sales. They have known Vista was coming for years. It is all just about money!

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HP Printers and Vista

by jdumer In reply to Windows Vista and older p ...

Go to Wal Mart or any supplier or HP Printers and check out their models. You will find that only a few will even have the basic driver available and some will not be supported at. These are supposed to be current models.

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Take a look at the models

by w2ktechman In reply to HP Printers and Vista

then go do a search on HP's website to see if they have drivers available.

Note: I have looked up 2-3 yr. old notebooks that do not have Vista drivers, and I have also found that some of the older desktops do.
It may be just a matter of time to get the drivers for older equipment.

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HP Printer Vista Incompatability

by browermd In reply to Windows Vista and older p ...

Good News!

Hp OfficeJet T45 all in one can still be used as a printer with built in HP drivers for HP DeskJet 400. These drivers are found in Vista's "install new printer" wizard. When applied, they allow use of the machine to print.

Sadly, I can't fax or scan from the computer, but for at-home purposes, it's printer function is preserved, and it still functions as a stand-alone fax.

I'm now looking for compatible scanner drivers.

Best wishes to all,

Rich Brower

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You just saved me a bunch of money

by chuckivie In reply to HP Printer Vista Incompat ...

I have a HP T45 printer and I love it. I just got a new computer with VISTA ans was horrified to discover that HP has no VISTA support for this printer nor do they intend to provide it. Your solution solved the problem. Thanks
Chuck Ivie

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