Microsoft Windows 7 – Improved Drivers?

One of the biggest complaints users had about Vista when it was first introduced, was the lack of drivers or drivers that were problematic. In the hope of eliminating or at least curtailing a similar situation, Microsoft has instituted a policy in which drivers for Windows 7 beta, must be included started June 1, 2008, when submitted for Vista.

Customers have a need to ensure compatibility with the new releases of the OS and that hardware (systems and devices) are fully functional after an upgrade. This will enable Microsoft and partners to evaluate the results and correct issues in the new OS and the associated hardware as part of the release plan.

Beginning with the release of the first beta of the next operating system, all Windows Vista client and Windows Server 2008 submissions must include a complete CPK with test logs for the new beta OS. The test logs generated from the beta OS are not required to pass. Issues with hardware, system BIOS or drivers must be investigated and resolved by partners prior to the launch of the logo program for the new OS.

The tests should be run after performing an upgrade from Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 to the beta OS. Testing on the new beta OS must be done with drivers that are intended to install on the beta OS.

Design and Implementation Notes

Beginning with the first beta of Windows 7 all Windows Vista submissions must include a complete CPK with test logs from Windows 7. The test logs generated are not required to pass.

I believe that this is a good way to start aquiring the proper drivers for Windows 7 before the final release hits the streets.

Comments welcome.

Source in .pdf format

More Logos From Microsoft – Clarifies Vista Certified Stuff

Now that a court has decided that a suit against Microsoft revolving around its Vista Capable logo has gone to class action status, it seems that Microsoft is now clarifying some of the logo’s that you may see. There are logo’s for both hardware and software plus a logo for Vista Basic. Hopefully this clarification will make it easier for consumers to determine exactly what they are buying and how well it will work. On their site Microsoft states:

Have confidence that Certified for Windows Vista products will provide superior experiences with your software, photos, music, videos and online communications on PC’s running the Windows Vista operating system. That’s because only Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone Microsoft compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security. Certified for Windows Vista products make activities like enjoying photos and music, setting up wireless networks, connecting with friends and completing business tasks faster, easier and more secure.

Certified for Windows Vista software:

  • Is independently tested for compatibility, functionality and reliability on Windows Vista-based PCs.
  • Provides enhanced security by implementing Microsoft security guidelines.
  • Meets privacy standards set forth by the Anti-Spyware Coalition.
  • Installs reliably and if necessary, uninstalls cleanly.
  • Eliminates unnecessary reboots.
  • Ensures compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista.

Certified for Windows Vista hardware:

  • Is designed and tested for ease of use, better performance and enhanced security on PC’s running Windows Vista.
  • Meets technical requirements for superior experiences with photos, music, videos, games and online communications.
  • Installs easily and can automatically download device driver updates from Windows Update.
  • Helps ensure compatibility with other Certified for Windows Vista products.

More details can be found here.
Comments welcome.

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Microsoft – List Of Software Products That Are Vista Certfied and Vista Capable

Microsoft has released a list of software products that Microsoft has tested as being either Vista Certfied or Vista Capable and should work with the newest release of Microsoft’s operating system. But this is not the entire listing of all software that functions well with Vista. Microsoft is merely indicating that these software products will work.

Microsoft also indicates that users can use the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 to determine what software should work properly for larger organizations. Home users can still use Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor.

Both the Toolkit and Advisor are linked at Microsoft’s site listed below.

On the same page Microsoft lists a disclaimer that states:

“The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products. ”

I think it would be safe to say two things. First there is no warranty for other people’s software products. Second, if the products listed do not work with Vista…….well we tried. :-)

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