Information about the Windows Vista Compatibility Center and the Windows Logo’d Product List

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The Windows Vista Compatibility Center for Windows Vista customers contains a list of drivers and applications that are compatible with Windows. For more information about devices and applications and their compatibility with Windows Vista, visit the Windows Vista Compatibility Center:
Windows Vista Compatibility Center

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Installing new drivers from the Windows Logo’d Product List

If the driver is in the Windows Vista CD-ROM, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add Hardware.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  3. Follow the instructions on your screen.
TIP We recommend that you let Windows detect the new hardware. Make sure you have connected the hardware or installed its components in your computer before you run the Add Hardware Wizard.

If the driver is available on an online service, follow these steps:
  1. Download the driver to a disk from the online service.
  2. In Windows Explorer, double-click the file you down- loaded to extract it.
  3. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  4. Double-click Add Hardware.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Click Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced), and then click Next.
  7. When you are prompted "Do you want Windows to search for your new hardware?" click No.
  8. Click the hardware type for the driver you are installing, and then click Next.
  9. Click Have Disk.
  10. Enter the location of the driver file.
  11. Follow the instructions on your screen.

Upgrading existing drivers with Windows Logo’d Product List drivers

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Click Device Manager.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  3. Locate and double-click the device type and device you want to upgrade.
  4. Click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver.
  5. Follow the instructions on your screen.

Adding devices or drivers to the Windows Logo’d Product List

Hardware vendors who want to add devices or drivers to the Windows Logo’d Product List should follow the instructions in the "Microsoft Compatibility Labs - Program Overview" document. You can obtain this document by calling (425) 635-2222 and entering document number 879.
To see the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/default.aspx 

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Article ID: 131900 - Last Review: February 25, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
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