This occurred to me while I was working on that Dell desktop that was hosed up with Babylon. I thought it unusual that I didn't have to download any drivers for Windows 7 given the fact that the machine is a Dell. It's been a while, but in my experience when you install a "straight" copy of an OS on a name brand computer, you usually have do download proprietary drivers from the manufacturer for the network adapter, sound & video cards, etc., etc..
Has Windows progressed to the point that their default drivers for these devices are good enough that you don't have to search hither and yon to gather them? And, if I should install a fresh copy of 7 Ultimate on my 2 year-old HP laptop, can I expect similar compatibility? I imagine I'll have to download at least a few drivers because it is, after all, a laptop.
Like I said, just wondering.
"A payphone was ringing and it just about blew my mind,
when I picked it up & said 'Hello' this foot came through the line"