I'm afraid you've got to choose between
a) continue to use XP (in stead of Vista) until the manufacturer solves them (contact them to ask about the status)
b) use Vista and live with it
You're the only one who can tell what disadvantages each of these two alternatives has for you.
I can't tell you the details on driver updating in Vista. In XP the easiest way is to delete it from Device Manager, then reboot and see if the New hardware wizard pops up asking you for the drivers. If it does, point it to the folder you unpacked the new driver in. It should have a .inf file that handles everything.
By the way, did you run the Windows Vista Upgrade advisor before you upgraded, and did it warn you about these incompatibilities?
If you're laptop isn't advertised as "Vista ready" it might have issues indeed. Even when it is, there can be unexpected issues.
Okay, so I have a Gateway MX6650 laptop. I previously had Microsoft XP as my OS I upgraded to Vista Home Premium a few days ago. Here's my problem, I have a Synaptics touchpad and with XP I had figured out how to disable tapping, but it's back since I switched to Vista and driving me crazy, it's my only remaining issue I have to work out between my computer before vista and now.
I went to computer panel and tried to check the setting for the touch pad on there, but I couldn't find anything about tapping. Then I tried to update the driver from the synaptics website, and when I restarted my computer vista popped up saying there was known compatability issues. Also, I'm not used to updating drivers, so what do I click on in the extracted files folders, do I need to uninstall and reinstall the driver?
I really hate the tapping, especially since I'm a student and have to write papers, and the mouse jumping to another line in the page when I'm typing is really annoying, as is the random highlighting of stuff. Anybody got any idea of what I can do?