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Are Win9X drivers the same as Vista drivers?


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Answered 2009-02-16 11:13:42

No. Windows 95 supported only VxD drivers, which no Windows in the NT line (NT 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4, 2000, XP, Vista) support. Windows 98 supported both WDM and VxD. WDMs are the only supported driver model in 2000 and XP. If written well, a WDM driver from Windows 98 could work on Vista, but it is highly unlikely that hardware that runs with Windows 98 would be used in a Vista computer anyway. Also, certain components, such as the print spooler, have been totally rewritten for Vista, and thus the drivers do not work anymore. Vista-specific drivers also provide better performance.

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