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Having USB Problems With Vista?

usb problems with vistaWindows Vista has not been an easy transition for many people. One of the problems with Vista is USB support, or lack of. If you are having USB problems with Vista then please read on.

Several months ago Microsoft released hotfixes for Vista for some badly-needed improvements for USB operation. Most notably is the problems, conflicts and issues related to USB and audio components.

Microsoft plans to officially address the USB issues with their SP1 due out in early 2008, but in the mean time lets check out the Microsoft roll out update page.

If you are using Vista and having problems be sure to double check the device manufacturer update before using the Microsoft updates, your solution might already be out there.

Peter Kirn provided a couple valuable tips while diving into your problems, please read:

  • Try Compatibility Mode: In Properties > Compatibility, you can select Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode, which will solve some application compatibility issues.
  • Install Tweak UAC: Tweak UAC is an invaluable utility that can disable the “User Account Mode” added to Vista for security reasons. In “Quiet Mode”, you get all the security benefits without lots of annoying dialogs. I switch UAC off when installing some drivers and applications, as this is the most likely feature to break backwards compatibility.

Best of luck!

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