windows xp downlaods for vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Erik, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Erik

    Erik Guest

    i have windows vista, and i'm looking to buy a webcam for my computer. but as
    i read the description of the webcams, they say 'minimum: windows xp'.
    what im basically asking, is even if the stuff i install on here, was
    designed for a maximum of windows xp... can i still install it on a vista
    computer, and it still work?
    Erik, Jul 27, 2007
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  2. Erik;
    But you should ask the manufacturer, you may need Windows Vista

    You could post specifics of a particular camera to the newsgroup.
    Someone there may have 1st hand experience with your particular
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Jul 27, 2007
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  3. Erik

    BigJim Guest

    I would find a webcam you want to purchase and go to the manufactures web
    site to see if there are drivers for vista before you purchase it.
    BigJim, Jul 27, 2007
  4. Erik

    Erik Guest

    thanks, to be honest, im not too good on the names of computer items....

    what exactly is a windows vista driver?
    Erik, Jul 27, 2007
  5. Erik

    Erik Guest

    whats a driver...

    Erik, Jul 27, 2007
  6. Erik

    xfile Guest


    My 2 cents:

    device driver
    n. A software component that permits a computer system to communicate with
    a device. In most cases, the driver also manipulates the hardware in order
    to transmit the data to the device. However, device drivers associated with
    application packages typically perform only the data translation; these
    higher-level drivers then rely on lower-level drivers to actually send the
    data to the device. Many devices, especially video adapters on PC-compatible
    computers, will not work properly-if at all-without the correct device
    drivers installed in the system.

    Source: MS Computer Dictionary, 4th edition (very old one).

    So you need to check if they provide drivers specifically for Windows Vista.

    Hope this helps and good luck.
    xfile, Jul 27, 2007
  7. Erik

    Mick Murphy Guest

    To be completely sure, before you buy it, check on the webcam box for a
    Vista Logo..
    Mick Murphy, Jul 27, 2007
  8. Erik

    dean-dean Guest

    I would look for one that specifically states it will work on Vista.
    "Minimum: windows XP" is vague and evasive at this stage of the game. Vista
    has been out long enough for the manufacturer to have updated the hardware's
    description, if it were truly compatible with Vista. It's only html, after
    all. Find a manufacturer that seems to keep abreast with relatively current
    software (driver) for their webcam (device).
    dean-dean, Jul 27, 2007
  9. A piece of software that interfaces between the hardware and operating
    Just about all manufacturers have drivers available on their website.
    You need to be sure a Windows Vista driver is available.
    If the website says nothing about Windows Vista, assume the camera
    will not work with Windows Vista.
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Jul 27, 2007

  10. Here's a simplified description:

    A driver is a piece of program code that provides the specific support
    for a piece of hardware.

    I'll use the example of a printer driver. There are many thousands of
    different printers manufactured, by different companies, and each of
    these printers needs to be communicated with using the specific code
    it was designed for. If all of these thousands of different pieces of
    code were incorporated within Windows, Windows would be many times
    bigger than it is now, and would also constantly be going out of date
    as new printers hit the market.

    So that's not what happens. Windows doesn't talk directly to the
    printer but to a little piece of software sitting between Windows and
    the printer itself. That piece of software is called a "driver." Each
    printer manufacturer writes a driver for Windows when he releases the
    printer, and each user of that printer has to install that driver. So
    you have the driver installed for your printer, brand A, model X, and
    I have the driver installed for my printer, brand B, model Y. The
    interface between Windows and the driver is the same, but the
    interface between the driver and the printer is different for each

    But it's slightly more complicated than that. I said that the
    interface between Windows and the driver stays the same, but that's
    only for one version of Windows. If you change the version of Windows,
    you need a driver capable of talking to that new version of Windows.
    So each piece of hardware needs several drivers, one for each version
    of Windows it can work with.

    Generally when a new version of Windows comes out, the hardware
    manufacturers write new drivers to make their devices work with it.
    But if you have an old printer (or any hardware device), when a new
    version of Windows comes out, the Manufacturer may not bother writing
    a new driver because so few people still use it. Conversely, if you
    have very new hardware, the manufacturer may not have yet written a
    driver for it to be used with the latest version of Windows.

    A piece of hardware without a driver for your operating system is
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 27, 2007

  11. Maybe, but there's definitely no guarantee that it will. Unless the
    manufacturer/vendor specifically states that the device and software is
    fully Vista-compatible, I wouldn't buy it.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jul 28, 2007
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