I ordered Windows 7 Home Premium Edition with my new computer. I have a US Robotics 56K voice/fax modem that I will like to use with it. Vista apparently took out the fax function. Therefore, I stayed with XP. Microsoft and many other websites states that all their versions of Windows 7 have the fax function, but I am still skeptical.
I should be receiving my new computer within a week and will document if Windows 7 Home Premium comes with the fax and scan function.
I am crossing my fingers because I desperately want it.
As of November 1, 2009, Windows 7 check says that it can detect my USR voice/fax winmodem. Unfortunately, it did not. Of course, my modem is several years old and only has drivers for XP. The US Robotics website offers XP and older drivers only. I am running the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.
It is quite possible that it works in 32 bit, but I am going to buy a 4 in 1 printer for less than $100. Both my scanner and fax are not working in Windows 7, therefore, I am going to buy a printer that has both for less than $100.
I currently have a scanner that works with Windows 7. Unfortunately, one has to purchase a new one that is supported in Windows 7. http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2010/12/canon-cs-lide-110-windows-7
I find it sad that I am going to buy a printer solely for faxing and scanning. It is capable of so much more, but an inkjet 4 in 1’s cost per page is usually about 10 times or more than a laser printer’s. Therefore, I use my laser printer for printing.
Windows 7 Home Premium has the icons for sending faxes, therefore, it is able to. It is just a matter of getting a driver.
List of Windows 7 compatible modems. It seems that as of November 1, 2009, there are only 2 US Robotics fax modems that are compatible with Windows 7 64 bit and 5 US Robotics fax modems that are compatible with Windows 7 32 bit. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Browse.aspx?type=Hardware&category=Networking&subcategory=Modems&page=1