If you opened the case on an Apple product, you lost your warranty. And all of the components were soldered down. And Motorola processors were not hardware compatible with Intel. You see, this was a long time ago.
For drivers, you have three choices. You can let Microsoft replace your working drivers with one that they obtained ages ago and may not even be hardware specific. Or, you can try the computer manufacturer's website (Dell, ASUS, Lenovo, etc.). If you use Dell, as example, the same model computer may have changed some hardware components along the way, so it is best to use your service code to search. And, finally, there is the site for the manufacturer of the specific hardware device (drive, printer, keyboard, etc.).
I got scre... messed up with my printer because I have an old one that used XP drivers that were for the specific model. When you went into printing preferences, you can run maintenance or, at least, find out which cartridge is out of ink. Then HP came out with generic drivers that didn't do the old functions. Microsoft picked up ONE generic driver for HP printers. Yes, it prints but cartridge maintenance and even which cartridge is empty? There is no LCD on the printer and no way to find out. Unless I crank up my XP machine.
I'm not a racist by ANY means, but I had to deal with techs out of Bangalore who could rarely fix anything (not MS) and seriously questioned the IT education in other countries. Maybe Windows is being supported from some foreign country where IT education is very basic? I don't know what the answer is.
How about a discussion on what to do ahead of the Windows 7 end-of-life that is coming next year? What are readers doing or suggesting to get ready or to make changes in their systems? I have 2 Win 7 Home computers that I would love to keep and have been looking for safe ways to do that - along with other alternatives if I need to think about replacing them such as Linux, Apple, or even not using an administrator account - just a regular account - so that a possible hacker or malware can't install anything without permission.
I've searched the forums but haven't found a discussion on that topic, so it would be great to get one started now - while there is still a lot of time to plan. Thank you.
--Submitted by Irene