Ha! Can you tell I hate Windows? Case in point: I have a favourite toy that has some great new features which you implement by connecting to a Windoze computer and running some software. Windows has to provide/source a simple little driver for the application to be able to see this toy when connected via USB (turns out it needs a USB Serial Converter driver or such like). With a Mac you rarely even have to deal with drivers. Anyway, Windows couldn't find one. Of course, Windows can't tell you what type of driver it needs. A device with a weird name appears in Device Manager and so you know/can guess you have a good connection with your favourite audio toy but the application software can't see the toy. You can see in Windows that no driver is installed for this connected device but you can't tell Windows "look again stupid". You'd think Windows would give you a clue as to what it needed but, no, all you know is that no driver is installed. You examine the package for the application installer and don't see any .inf driver files. Okay, need a driver but no idea what driver. Now, if you unplug the toy and reconnect it you'd think Windows would look again for a driver. No. Basically it gives up. Lazy piece of crapola. Turns out you have to "uninstall" the device (not the application software) in Device Manager (even though you never installed anything and no driver was installed in the first place) in order to 'stimulate' Windows to get off its fat ar$e and search again for a suitable driver. Repeat this a few times and then you might just get lucky. In my case, it took 3 or 4 goes at this and when finally successful it still took more than 20 minutes to find a basic USB Serial Converter/Interface driver via the Internet. Finally your toy is visible to the application but by then it's late at night, time to go to bed and you will have to wait another week for the following weekend to play with the new features of this toy.
That's the world of Windows. Mac world: "what's a driver and why do I need one? Stuff just works!!"
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