“If you’re holding back from testing your copy of Windows 7 because you’re not sure what to do as far as device drivers are concerned, there is something you ought to know (if for some reason you didn’t until this point). Under the hood, Windows 7 is essentially the same as Windows Vista and as such Vista drivers will work just fine a majority of the time.
After downloading the drivers, run the installation setup and follow the prompts as if you would any other time. If you are presented with any errors due to compatibility, cancel the installation, right click the on the install package’s .exe and choose “Troubleshoot Compatibility”.”
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Source: Tech Spot
There is a handy little trick that Windows 7 beta testers have been using fairly reliably that makes beta testing the new OS a lot more interesting. If you are installing a driver for a system component and 7 presents you with compatibility errors, simply right click on the .exe file and choose “Troubleshoot Compatibility”. That brings up a wizard that you can go through to tell 7 to install the driver in Vista compatibility mode and you are ready to go. You can see pictures of this process in this article on Tech Spot.