It is a fact that Windows XP is the most commonly used operating system across the length and breadth of the world.
Whether it is an old Celeron machine or a Core2Duo machine, people find it prudent to run this version of Windows rather than some of the newer and bulkier ones.
For every piece of hardware device, there should be associated Windows XP drivers that focus on establishing a good interface between the device and the operating system. Most drivers are designed by third party vendors and the device manufacturers for use in the environment.
If a particular manufacturer produces sound cards, graphics cards, USB devices and network adapters, it goes without saying that he writes Windows XP drivers for his devices because any manufacturer would miss out on the chance to attract a huge following of Windows XP users to their products.
Microsoft has always been pretty competitive in the field and has been known not to share the codes and drivers with its own competitors in the market. This is why the field of correlation between Apple and Linux with Windows is almost zero – but Windows can be installed on a Mac system.
In spite of the fact that Windows XP has the most number of users in the world and supports the largest driver database, it still does not support quite a few devices either because of lack of drivers or because of the age of the operating system.
Some Windows XP drivers are generic in origin which means that they have the potential to support the device even if it is not with 100% efficiency. For instance, a CD or DVD Rom may not be able to write any media or even read and write DVDs in case it is installed with generic Windows XP drivers.
Sometimes, you will find that these devices even disappear from your Device Manager off and on. In these cases, it is better to look for an updated driver or migrate to an older operating system which you know will support the device.