I recently switched to stretch, the latest version of raspbian os on my raspberry pi 0 (not the w model) I cannot get any peripherals to work; mouse, keyboard, or wireless adapter. I tried my pihat USB hub, as well an otg cable. Is there any known compatibility issues, and how might I fix them?
I assume that you have a video screen and it rpiz is booting ok? I also assume you are using a USB hub to achieve the connection between keyboard and mouse to the rpiz? Have you checked that same combo works on a PC? Barring defective cables, are all USB cables master/slave (the usual kind).
I have a zero-w so can't comment on the wifi. You can use the same microsd that works on a rpi2/3 in the zero. Set it up for wifi and enable ssh on another rpi, boot using that microsd and the zero will work just the same. Obviously you'll need to use the same type of wifi dongle in the zero as you did when setting up the other rpi. Once the zero has booted, you can use putty to manage remotely.