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Windows 7: Why doesn't Microsoft support USB3.0?


23 Jun 2012   #1

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Why doesn't Microsoft support USB3.0?

G'day,

We all know that in order to use USB3.0 ports, we need to install 3rd party drivers (e.g. Etron, NEC etc.). Sometimes this can be a real pain in the bum. With the increasing popularity of cheap USB3 storage devices, it seems logical to me that Microsoft would write and support their own driver, but alas this hasn't happened.

What's the story? Why hasn't a USB3.0 driver been developed by Microsoft?

Regards,
Golden

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23 Jun 2012   #2

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Apparently it wasn't popular enough with Windows 7 and earlier. Supposedly they will support 3.0 in Windows 8.

Microsoft Throws Support Behind USB 3.0 With Windows 8 | PCWorld Business Center
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23 Jun 2012   #3

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Mmm, I wonder if we will ever see one for Windows 7.....
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23 Jun 2012   #4

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I think eventually you will.
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23 Jun 2012   #5
whs
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Hmm, I never realized that fact. I use USB3 a lot and on different systems. But they always work smoothly. The drivers must have come from somewhere, but I never had to do anything to get them.
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23 Jun 2012   #6

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Just a SWAG but I believe Windows 7 will be around for about as long as XP. So we should see SP2 and maybe even SP3 in a few years. If Microsoft is going to give Windows 7 USB 3.0 support, that's how and when it'll be delivered. IMHO. FWIW.
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