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Installing Legacy Devices

When it comes to installing legacy devices (that is, devices that don’t support Plug and Play), your best bet by far is to run the setup program that the manufacturer supplies either on a floppy disk, a CD, or as part of the driver download. If asked, choose the Windows Vista driver, if one is available. If no Windows Vista driver is available, the Windows XP driver will work in most cases. If the device has drivers only for Windows 2000, NT, Windows 9x, or Windows Me, they probably will not work with Windows Vista, so there’s no point in installing them. Go to the manufacturer’s website and look for a Windows Vista (or, at worst, a Windows XP) driver to download.

If you don’t have a setup program for the device, Windows Vista might still be able to support the hardware using one of its legacy device drivers. To do this, you need to run one of Windows Vista’s hardware wizards. Some of these wizards are device-specific, so you should use those where appropriate:


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