Hi thanks for your reply, I have found out more about this now. I also deal with software and I have found out that this is an issue with the default drivers
for usb devices. Because Windows 7 is a new platform it is not supported by many manufacturers yet and is unlikely to be supported for outdated devices such as floppy disc drives. You will not find a driver
that work at the manufacturers site and we will depend on the devices compatability with Windows 7 in the future. Rolling back the drivers or using XP/vista drivers will not work either.
Unfortunately I doubt if this is a serious issue for the developers of the Windows 7 platform, but I am hopeful that this may be addressed in the future before it's official release.
I also had trouble running MSDOS programs and despite wanting to be part of the test of this platform unfortunately I have had to go back to the useless vista, which I can at least operate the programs and hardware I need to function on a work basis.
If these "minor" issues are ironed out I will definitely be swithing to the new platform, as I was very happy with it's speed and ease of use. Although I'm sure that if, at a later date, a service pack is required these will be impaired.
By the way it took me over 8 hours to reinstall the appalling vista and updates, I could have chewed my toes off.....