Recently, I have been seeing an Apple commercial on TV that rags on Vista. I am starting to think Apple may have a legitimate point.
I go and insert a CD into my DVD/CD drive. I open my Windows Explorer and I do not see my DVD/CD-ROM drive. Ok, what is going on. I have not installed any new hardware or added or removed any programs recently (other than Vista updates). I proceed to Control Panel->Hardware and Sound->Device Manger->DVD/CD-ROM drives. Sure enough, there was an error icon on top of the drive. I select properties and see the following message:
Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)
OK, there is a button to click on to help solve the problem. I click on the button--totally useless. I then resort to Googling on the error message and came up with the following fix: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314060 (use Method Two), which involved deleting two entries from the registry and rebooting my PC. The fix worked and I was able to see my DVD/CD-ROM drives.
We are now almost half-way through 2008, and I am working with an OS that
Does not notify me that a critical hardware device is not working.
Provides no immediate help to fix the problem.
Requires me to perform an arcane maneuver to fix the problem.
I believe Vista is a big improvement over XP; however, a basic problem like I described above should not be happening.