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Resolving Smartphone Connection Troubles on Windows XP

Smartphones have only recently become the must-have gadget for everybody, from high-powered professionals, tech-savvy parents, and status-conscious teenagers. A quick look at their functionality pretty much reveals why. Today’s smartphones often exceed the processing speeds, memory, and storage capabilities of the best PCs of less than a decade ago, which is more than enough computer power for anyone, especially in a device that fits in the palm of your hand. With that power, users can log onto the internet, send emails, type up whole documents, and play video games, movies, and music to entertain themselves.

The ability to enjoy such conveniences also hinges on the ability of your computer to properly interface with your smartphone. While this is usually no problem for users of newer operating systems like Windows Vista or Windows 7, it can be a problem if you’re one of the millions of users still using Windows XP.

The trouble with Windows XP is easily summed up: it’s old. It quite simply can’t maintain compatibility with the latest gadgets, especially if some of them hadn’t yet been conceived when it was first released in 2001. Fortunately, if you’re intent on sticking to this venerable OS, then you can still do a few things to help extend its lifespan and expand its hardware compatibility.

Step 1: Update Windows

Some gadgets, smartphones included, require that your computer have at least a certain Service Pack or upgrade installed so that your computer can properly detect and interface with them. Fortunately, updating your copy of Windows XP is a pretty simple and straightforward task. Windows usually has a built-in updating tool, but if you wish to do it yourself in order to be selective about which upgrades you do take, you can simply visit Microsoft’s website here and download them yourself.

Step 2: Ensure Smartphone Compatibility With Windows XP

Some devices just won’t work with Windows XP, no matter what you try. So if you want to use your brand new phone with Windows XP, you’ll have to plan ahead and make sure it’s compatible before you purchase any devices for your PC. The best way to do this is to visit Microsoft’s own exhaustive list of compatible devices, which can be found on this webpage. The list is updated regularly, so be sure to check it right before you buy anything to get the latest information.

Step 3: Update or Replace Your Drivers

Most hardware troubles are rarely the result of problems with the physical device itself. Most of the time, a software issue is the culprit. This inevitably means problems with the drivers. Now most gadgets, smartphones included, usually come with a CD that contains all the necessary software, and a simple install should resolve all your problems. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Driver software might be released in a buggy and less than complete state, or, in some cases, might be completely incompatible with your device anyway.

When this occurs you can opt to search for, download, and install the correct driver software properly on your own, but that could take a lot of time and effort. For quicker results, we recommend you try out our Driver Scan Tool and let it do all the work for you.

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