Microsoft’s operating systems made a place in the hearts of common computer users and are the prime operating system of majority of users. This made hardware manufacturers and software developers to think from Microsoft’s point of view. They developed products specifically for the use in the Windows operating system. This, in fact has another drawback. Each operating system of Microsoft is unique in one way or the other and has different requirements. The devices and drivers, which worked with one operating system may not be compatible with another. For instance, printer and drivers compatible with Windows XP will not work with Windows Vista. They will trigger a whole range of Vista problems.
Vista problems associated with printing
Printing problems in Vista may take many forms. The main reason for the issue is the version conflicts. A 32-bit Vista version requires a different printer from that of a 64-bit version. The print manager component of a 64-bit Vista operating system is different from that of a 32-bit version. This makes the driver non-functional. If a printer manufacturer does not include separate drivers for both versions, the printer will not work with the corresponding version of Vista.
Most often, the version compatibility and non-functionality takes a different form in actual environment. The operating system will showcase the issue as problem with print spooler and printing queue, where as the printer will highlight this as operating system error. This will definitely create confusion in users and the solution for the issue is delayed or misinterpreted.
Technical help in Vista problems
Many a times, the issue becomes serious, as the user is not able to access adequate technical support. If the printer manufacture is contacted for help, they will put the blame on the operating system and fail to resolve the issue successfully. On the other hand, Microsoft support will blame the print spooler or queue or even the driver. Nobody will actually focus on the real root of the issue and suggest a solution. The sensibility of the users is the only way to escape from the issue. Most people tend to evaluate Vista in reference with this issue and degrade the operating system as a whole.
Avoid the issue
It depends on the user to select the appropriate, compatible printer for the operating system. Select printers that have specific drivers for Windows Vista. A 64-bit printer drivers should be used by Vista 64-bit users and prevent potential printing problems.
That should be all the help you will need on the issue.
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