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Multifunction printer for Windows ME

by rmcarl / April 5, 2009 1:06 AM PDT

Where might I get one with drivers for Windows ME?
Why have manufacturers removed older drivers from their downloads?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 1:21 AM PDT

Sorry. It's dead. If you were to find such, my bet it would be some used or old inventory.

It's been a decade since Windows ME. It wasn't well received then and never gathered much of a following. I know that you may not like that the world has shut down Pre-Windows 2000 versions but they have.

Good luck in your quest but not a single multi function I saw last week listed Windows prior to XP.

"Why have manufacturers removed older drivers from their downloads?"

That I know the answer to. HP and others didn't write the drivers. They licensed such from other companies and those licenses have expired. Everyone had 5 or more years to download and put the drivers they needed on a CD or such so you could wonder why a person would not do that?

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Thanks Bob
by rmcarl / April 5, 2009 1:38 AM PDT
In reply to: No.

I was asking for a friend. Some outfits like Staples advertise refurbished units and claim that drivers for 2000/ME/XP/Vista are included. She purchased a refurbished HP Photosmart C6280 from them, but it only had drivers for XP and Vista, although she was told it would work with ME. She will return it.
Is Windows 2000 newer that ME?

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At to Windows 2000.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 1:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Bob

While it was the last great work horse of Windows it too is soon to suffer the change. Many businesses still use it and I don't want to discuss why things change but hope to shed a little light about why HP and others must remove the downloads.

The Windows versions, history and dates are out there for research but why Windows 2000 gets some support is due to it being the basis for XP. If you had a Windows 2000 driver you tried that for XP when XP was new.

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