Loss of Fax capability with Vista Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Laurence, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Laurence

    Laurence Guest

    I have just purchased a new computer from Dell and assumed I would have some
    problems learning a new OS, but I did not anticipate the loss of a good
    applet like Microsoft Fax. I counted on this small program for occasional
    direct communication with other facilities fax machine. It was quick and
    I have a second older Dell computer which I invested with hardware updates
    in preparation for upgrading to Vista as well. The lack of fax capability in
    Vista precludes my upgading as I need one machine that can function in a more
    complete manner. I don't pretend to understand the rationale behind this
    lack in Vista but I sorely miss the function. Others have teased me about my
    early adoption of Vista and now I am definitely embarrassed. I sincerely
    hope Microsoft will reconsider this situation and perhaps at least offer a
    download correction to improve the functionality of this Vista suite.
    Otherwise potential customers ought to consider this suite as crippled and of
    less value than intended.

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    Laurence, Jan 20, 2008
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    Chuck Guest

    Microsoft has downgraded the fax functionality windows version by version
    since they started using their own TCPIP stack.
    I don't know if it is due to support cost, redevelopment cost, or a
    concession to third party app developers.
    In any event, there are 3d party fax apps that are inexpensive. It is also
    supposedly possible to get the fax function to work via office outlook,
    although I've not tried it. I'd poke around in the office newsgroup to see
    if someone has solved your problem.

    Chuck, Jan 20, 2008
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  3. Wrong on 2 counts: Vista Fax and Scan is a noticeable improvement over
    Windows XP Fax and Windows 2000 Fax. Neither Office nor Outlook contain any
    fax software.
    Russ Valentine [MVP-Outlook], Jan 20, 2008
  4. _scan

    While you are waiting for MS to rethink Fax software in Vista Home Premium,
    visit this website, download the trial, and if you like what you see, buy

    Mike Hall - MVP, Jan 21, 2008
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    Chuck Guest

    Actually MS HAS downgraded the fax software in several different ways since
    2000 and 95.
    When you installed the complete version of office with outlook you did get
    full fax capability, although the install was somewhat problematic here and
    Networking fax was crippled in later versions. Modem control was crippled,
    and the modem reply processor was crippled.
    Some features were moved to the "server" versions.
    The better 3d party fax apps generally had//have more features anyway.
    HP, Brother, and Canon multi's to name 3 have fax programs included, and
    those with networking built in usually have network fax available as well
    for a limited number of users.

    Chuck, Jan 31, 2008
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    secretchef Guest

    I can fax from 3 old computers with 3.11 win 95 and win 98 and XP, before
    that I seem to remember that I could fax from my Atari. What the heck is
    going on with Vista? I thought I was purchasing an upgrade. Very poor.
    secretchef, Mar 4, 2008
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    Hubert WEIL Guest

    Same problem...

    I bought a Vista computer with a OLITEC fax/Modem..

    The Modem works (very badfull) with AOL..
    But not the FAX Software !!

    Drivers Problems that OLITEC WILL NOT RESOLVE !!

    Hubert WEIL, Mar 6, 2008
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    secretchef Guest

    secretchef, Mar 8, 2008
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