Before Vista was released, there was a website that listed stuff as -
Works well with Vista
Works sometimes with Vista
Doesn't work with Vista
Microsoft has sorta legitimatized this on this page: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933305
with their "certified for Vista" and "works with Vista" categories.
Until software writers catch on to how Vista is different from XP - there will be conflicts that we've gotta deal with.
Unfortunately for those of us who build our own systems, it leaves us with the task of ensuring that each driver will work with Vista. We can force things to work - but the price of that forcing is probably costing us a bit of stability.
'nuff said 'bout that!
As for the sound drivers, it sounds like something has corrupted them. This can happen with the next operation of the system after you install them - or it can take a while - or it may never happen.
FWIW, I don't get drivers from Windows update. I had a really severe problem with them back in 2002 or 2003 and swore off them at that time.
The incident was a HP 750n computer that needed video drivers. I got them from HP and they froze the computer. Then I got them from Windows Update and they did the same thing. So I went to the manufacturer of the video chipset (nVidia) and got them there - problem solved.
I suspect it was an HP problem, but Microsoft didn't catch it, so I went with the least common denominator (the maker of the chipset) and it's worked quite well for me in the subsequent years.
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