In an attempt to avoid what happened after Vista was released, Microsoft has cautioned hardware makers to begin Windows 7 testing as soon as the first beta version is released.
Let’s take a trip back in time to the holiday season of 2006 and Windows Vista wasn’t yet available. But, Vista “capable” or “ready” systems were only they weren’t so much ready.
Leaving the Aero Glass debacle aside, there were many device driver compatibility problems. Some say it’s because Microsoft failed to provide the companies with proper documentation so they could produce adequate drivers. Others blame the device drivers for not adequately testing Vista with their hardware.
This cautionary warning to hardware makers is most certainly an attempt to avoid these problems when Windows 7 is released. However, these problems most likely won’t exist in the first place.
Windows 7 is based on Vista, it uses the same kernel and is all set up to be compatible with Windows Vista drivers.
It should be noted that hardware currently not working in Vista will not work in Windows 7.