BTW, running 64 bit Win7.
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I upgraded from XP to Windows 7 and was thrilled. The OS actually worked, and ALL my printers, scanners and everything worked as soon as I plugged it in. Even my old Canon BJC 85 portable printer. Worked perfect without downloading drivers or programming(which by the way was not available with Vista.)
I have kept my desktop as XP Professional, and will do so until the cartridges are finished. I would have to buy a new laser printer so am hoping this one will last quite awhile longer. It would be great if there were new drivers to work with my Vista 64 bit laptop . . . If anyone knows of any I would love to hear where to find them.
Even though hardware makers said they were not going to create drivers for either 32 or 64 bit Vista, when you install the peripheral, Vista went out on the Internet and found drivers that worked just fine with them. I even installed a 10 year old Laser printer that had a regular printer input. I was able to get an adapter cable that converted from a printer cable 50 pin output to USB. I was surprised to find that Vista actually installed a printer for this old war horse of a printer. It also installed a printer than I though that I wasn't going to be able to use to work with both Vista and Windows 7. Both of those programs are very user friendly for installing printers and other peripherals that you might think would work with these new peripherals.
I have upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate (32) on my laptop and just finished building a new desktop with Windows 7 (64). Didn't have any trouble obtaining drivers for any of my peripherals, though none are older than 3 years. I might just add here that I am basically a Microsoft hater, but I think they may have finally gotten Windows right with Windows7.
A couple of years ago I upgraded to a new computer with Windows Vista. Downloaded new drivers for Epson scanner and HP printer. They worked fine. However, Wacom had discontinued my digital tablet model and no driver was available. I was forced to buy a new tablet. It added around $150 to the cost of the upgrade. Annoying, but I got over it. :o/
Jim in sunny Florida
We had an expensive 3 year-old HP Printer/Scanner/Copier/Fax. Couldn't find a driver so we called HP support. The guy's attitude was clearly that they can't be bothered to support existing products more than two years old, so go buy a new printer. We bought a Canon and have been very pleased with it's quality and lower ink cost than HP. That has saved us a lot of money. Now, we've upgraded to Windows 7 64-bit and guess what? Canon had new drivers available for us, no problem. I wonder how many customers HP has blown off with their attitude?
I lost two hp printers and my diabetes meter. I didn't really care too much about the printers, but to not be able to interface my meter has been a real pain. I must now wait to get to my doctor to down load my readings. would have been nice if the meter company ad upgraded their software to work with vista 64 or microsoft made vista 64 truly xp compatable.
All my peripherals worked with Win7, 3 Printers, an older HP Laserjet, Epson Wide format inkjet, A Canon inkjet. Also found drivers for an old Epson Scanner. The best part, I turned everything on before install and Win7 found them all, one worked with Vista 64bit driver. Even an 11 year old program that wouldn't install with Vista, works fine with Win7.
Win7 the best upgrade yet.
My not so venerable t5 is not compatible with Win 7 (64) and even though I tried the bluetooth connection it was not successful. After a couple of months of this and that.. I simply dual boot - using my WIN XP partition when I have to backup or install stuff on my Palm. Eventually I will find a PDA device that does what I want with Win 7. Because of work related security issues I can't use a cell phone device so the smart phones are out... although I think the Ipod Touch will apps will handle the program requirments.. TOO BAD PALM..
I was running Vista 32 bit when it first came out and an old Canon printer would work, but the Vista wouldn't accept the drivers for it or the software for it. Also an off brand webcam would work, but not the software or drivers for it. I could use it for Yahoo Messenger, but no adjustments could be made. Same with the New Windows 7 64 bit system. Both would work, but only partially.
I like Windows 7 a lot! But I'm disappointed with Canon, who chose to abandon their old color laser installed base by not providing 64-bit drivers. My LBP5000 still has more than 50% of its original toner, but I now need to copy files over to an old notebook if I want to print to it.
A software casualty of the move to 64-bit computing was my wife's beloved PrintMaster - the replacement of which by an incompatible name-alike has left many loyal long-time users without a home DTP option - especially when Microsoft's Office Home and Student Edition doesn't include Publisher.
I have searched numerous sites for a driver for my 64bit Win 7 OS to no avail. The manufacturers site times out when I try to reach it looking for a new driver. Various sites answer when I search but they all require their Scanning Program to be installed and with no guarantee that they actually have a driver. There is absolutely nothing else I think I can do. I have tried the 3000 and 7000 scanner drivers but they don't work. Maybe this scanner is just due to be retired
Any help will be valued.
The only device giving some headache when I changed system to Windows 7 64 bit was a CanoScan D646U ex scanner but it operates normally in the virtual XP Mode, which can be downloaded from Microsoft, assuming your processor supports the Virtual Technology.
It seems that Canon isn't overall very fond of making new drivers for old devices. My friend had a Mulifunction printer and Canon has no Windows 7 drivers for it. 32 bit Vista drivers exist but these won't work in 64 bit machine, otherwise it would be worth a try.
But my opinion is still that 64 bit is the way to go. On my second machine based on a Intel Q8200 Quad Core processor, 4 GB RAM I had XP before changing to Win 7 64 bit. It became a totally different machine, faster, smoother and very joyable.
I moved from 32-bit Windows XP to 64-bit Vista when it first came out and it worked with al of my hardware.
When I made the move from Windows 98 to Windows 2000 in college I found that some of my hardware didn't work. I noticed that all of my hardware that had been sold with the Windows logo on it (WHQL Certified) worked fine. Some of the hardware I had picked up from other computer stores didn't. So after that I figured I would be better off with hardware that was WHQL Certified.
When I made the move from XP to Vista all of my WHQL hardware moved over just find. Additionally my Windows Certified software all moved fine and had none of those problems with the Allow/Deny prompts that many people reported. The WHQL drivers from XP worked on Vista. Overall the transition was smooth.