I may be a php nOOb, but I have built and maintained not only computers but entire networks (win NT server, Linux, Novell)/VPN's so sort of know a tad of what I am doing.
I never claimed you didn't.
they did release the proper and working drivers for Vista...you can't use them unless you are in Vista.
There are ways of installing drivers manually.
It's M$ fault for stating that the software performs a seamless upgrade when in fact that may not be the case. ... Perhaps it is the vendors fault for not releasing drivers timely....still does not excuse Vista from giving me a passing grade on the compatibility test then having the upgrade/install fail due to a faulty driver. If the driver of the hardware is at fault then, IMHO, the compatibility test (online or on disk) should pick that up and report it as such. I got no such report and was told that my comp passed the compatibility test....and that is the beef I have with this upgrade. I was misled, plain and simple.
Do you seriously expect Microsoft to test every single piece of hardware that is in existence? There's a bit of a trust code in software/hardware development. Considering your background experience, you of all people should know that you, at times, have to take the word of other manufacturers. Microsoft released the product out to a huge testing base. A majority of that testing base reported back seamlessness in upgrading. Also, many manufacturers reported that, indeed, their drivers had been tested and working, which may or may not have truly been the case.
I understand that M$ doesn't have a leash on vendor hardware but I also understand that they do on the compatibility test part and should be held accountable for such.
Which is why there have been multiple versions of said compatibility test.
FWIW, tech support suggested that I take my comp into a comp shop to have them fix it. I then asked them who was going to pay for that. Guess what the answer was.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say this was a Tier 1 support rep. If it wasn't, they should be fired. Plain and simple.
Vista is not ready for prime time and shouldn't be sold as being ready for prime time...doesn't matter if 15 million peeps beta tested it. If the compatibility test doesn't show a problem then peeps automatically believe that there is no problem....when in fact there may be.
See above. It's virtually impossible to test every piece of hardware that manufactures have claimed as Vista compatible, let alone every possible combination
of hardware. Heck, I've seen PCI ethernet cards that have messed up onboard graphics cards. Turned out to be a rather interesting BIOS issue. I didn't think it was possible until I saw it happen right in front of me.
There will always be incompatibilities with hardware. I repeat, there will always
be incompatibilities with hardware. How long is Microsoft supposed to wait exactly for said issues to pop their heads up?
BTW, I find it absolutely unfathomable that they include a 64 bit disk for the OS yet you can't use it unless you already have a 64 bit OS installed.
You're kidding, right? You do realize how many angry people would be calling in because 75% of their applications stopped working, don't you? WOW64 works pretty darn well, but again, drivers are another issue.
Also, I hate to bring this up, but it's a pet peeve of mine when people refer to Microsoft as "M$." They have a name. Please use it.