We see all those adverts about Plug and Play devices and equipment.You just plug it in and the machine is ready to start Playing. But is it!. How many times have you tried this, only to find that you have a system failure of some sort, or your machine doesn't reconize the new device. With the end results, that you have to seek expert help.
The same thing could apply to some of the drivers, supplied with your latest product.
Having had problems, I wondered what other peoples experiences were.
On Friday i bought and installed three Belkin Wireless network USB adapters, which when installed promptly clashed with my Alcatel modem and crashed my main PC. While i was waiting for Drive Image (thank you God!) to restore my PC to functionality, I telephoned an extremely helpful chap @ Belkin UK, who emailed me the updated Drivers. Six hours later my peer to peer network now works a dream on two XP and one Me machine, all for just over £100 from PC World!
The early versions (i.e. older systems) of Plug 'n' Play used to be called Plug 'n' Pray.
More up to date versions are much improved but if your O/S doesn't recognise the item that is plugged, it is unfair to expect it to play.
Before I install any new bits on my machines, I always check on the manufacturers web site for updated software and use that in preference to anything issued on a disk supplied with the product and I certainly use that in preference to any intrinsic drivers etc already present in the operating sytem.