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Windows 7: Devices and Printers

08 Dec 2009   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
Devices and Printers

What is the significance or usefulness of this item? When I selected it, it showed several devices, but only one of my two DVD burners (LG)...the Samsung doesn't appear. The drive is otherwise visible and usable in the OS. I selected Add Device from the menu and a search window appears and says that it is searching, but it has continued doing that for over 10 minutes now, with nothing changed, except a higher than normal CPU activity. Bottom line is what is this feature's purpose?

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08 Dec 2009   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

I'm not sure of its purpose.

Mine shows my PC, monitor, printer, Microsoft XPS document writer, and fax. The last 2 are apparently part of the OS. No sign of my DVD burner. Right-clicking my PC brings up a lot of choices.

Didn't Vista have a printer-only Control Panel?
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08 Dec 2009   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Vista? I've never touched it. The only thing that I can think of is a place to display the status of the devices. I have a couple of things disabled in the Device Manager, and the computer icon in Devices and Printers shows an exclamation mark also, but this seems somewhat recundant.

I also failed to mention that my IDE harddrive isn't displayed, but my SATAs are. I'm just trying to decide whether this feature deserves a space on the Start Menu or not?

EDIT: I also noticed that the example in the help file showed a telephone. I have seen software programs for managing telephones, but Windows 7 doesn't have anything like that built-in...does it?
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