Wow Jimmy, That Was Very Helpful
I work on computers for a living. A pretty good living too. I think you should get your facts straight before you start accusing people of giving "One bad idea after another".
The truth is that one of the greatest advances that Microsoft, working with hardware vendors, has made in recent years is getting drivers working with their OS. If the Windows Update driver doesn't seem to work for you, then go to the manufacturers website and get theirs. Newer systems (Vista & 7), leave very few drivers that need loading after the initial installation.
As far a "driver finding services" go, I can only say that Driver Agent has consistently provided 99% of the drivers I need for the past 4 years. Thirty bucks may seem a lot to you (sorry), but when you load 20 computers a week, I'd pay 10 times that just to have the service available. It works exactly as advertised.
Computer, Printer, and other Peripheral manufacturers continually come up with ideas to make our computers faster, easier to use, and more compatible. In the process older equipment gets outdated. I'm sorry to say that my 1982 IBM PC XT cannot run Windows 7 because it only has an 8bit bus and the hard drive is only 20MB. But I still have it and it still works, and I can still write programs on it. But my 5 1/4 inch Floppy disks won't work on my new computer. My goodness man, sometimes we just have to give in and move up to the newer technology. My first computer was a Timex/Sinclair 1000 hooked up to a cassette deck and a black and white TV. And I'm proud to have it sitting around the house collecting dust.
By the way, I didn't notice anything helpful in your post at all.
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