Windows Vista installed, can't surf internet.

Running 10.6.8 on a 21 inch iMac Intel Core i5. Used Bootcamp Assistant in /Application/Utilities (presumably Bootcamp version 3.x) to partition, format and install Windows Vista Home Basic 32 bit with SP 1.
Installation completed without problem. Vista up and running. Launching internet explorer results in error messages leading to something like "network adaptor not found." "Open devices to browse/install network adaptor." -or something like that.
Bootcamp assistant user's manual leads me to try running bootcamp assistant setup.exe from my OS 10.6.6 CD while running Vista. I used the windows finder to get to my CD and locate the "setup" application for boot camp assistant. Upon launch, bootcamp stops launch and tells me "windows 7 is required." However, I have all the requirements listed in the bootcamp user's manual. as shown here:
What You Need
Here’s what you need to install and set up Windows on your Mac: An Intel-based Mac computer CHECK,with:
a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad  USING BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
MacOSXversion10.5o rlater(the latest versionof MacOSX is strongly
recommended) USING 10.6.8
a built-inoptical disc drive,or,ifyourcomputerdoesn’thaveabuilt-inoptical drive, a compatible external optical drive CHECK
For information on using your computer with an external optical drive, see the documentation that came with your computer.
all firmware updatesfor your computer. For information about updating your computer’s system software and firmware, see
page 21. CHECK
A Mac OS X Leopard installation disc, which can be either of the following:
a Mac OS X Leopard disc (included with all purchased copies of Leopard) CHECK
a Mac OS X Install Disc 1 (included with all Macs that have Leopard preinstalled)
At least 10 GB of free space on the disk you’re installing on  CHECK
Boot Camp Assistant (located in /Applications/Utilities/) CHECK
Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, or Windows
Vista Home Basic CHECK, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate
FINALLY, I called Apple tech support. I explained that Bootcamp is telling me I need Windows 7 but the manual is telling me I can use Vista Home Basic 32bit. Tech said that beyond, installing windows, its a microsoft problem.
Please advise.

if you can't surf then you can't have installed Windows updates.
I would not expect BT or wifi or anyting to work
10GB was for XP, not later which needs 30-50GB, 10GB free temp space after install and cache built and page file and hibernation taken care of.
MS does not support anything older than Vista SP2 was my understanding.
Snow Leopard has Windows 7 drivers though even there LION has better driver support - for 7.
I'd say try 8 RP but there are too many issues for now with that.
Leopard is 10.5.x and was the last to support Vista.

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