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Windows 7 64-bit - how are drivers?

by Roth99 / January 17, 2010 1:51 AM PST

I am about to buy a new laptop. Many come with Win 7 64-bit loaded. I am concerned about drivers for printers, etc. For example, I have a Lasjet 6MP and an Epson V500P scanner.

I doubt there is a 64-bit driver for the Laserjet. Are generic postscript drivers available that would work?

And how have folks' experience been with older software? I still use Managing Your Money, v.12, a DOS program.


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Did you try Add New Printer?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2010 2:03 AM PST

The 6MP is baked in.

The scanner would be checked at .... I have to ask that you try that. The DOS program should be fine. Try DOSBOX or XP Mode if you have 7 Pro.

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by Roth99 / January 17, 2010 12:57 PM PST

Great! Thanks for the info and suggestion. Much appreciated.

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you can check the drivers
by TaraS_WinTeam / January 21, 2010 8:20 AM PST
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Maybe ... maybe not ...
by Bill Osler / January 22, 2010 10:26 PM PST
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All of my systems were covered except for Logitech
by lakephillip / January 22, 2010 2:34 PM PST

I have a modded Gateway Q660 Processor 6 GB 800mhz Mem;Nvidia 9800 GT
Lite-on Blu-ray combo; HP DVD-RW/Lightscribe;Coolermaster 850W PS.
For Drivers not found automatically(almost all) I used Vista X64
With My HP Laptop I modded 4GB 6400 800mhz Ram Nvidia Geo-Force 7 Vid
Athlon x64 processor....all drivers not automatically found used Vista X64 Drivers with 100% success....
My only exception is Logitech which is using the launch of Windows 7 to artificially retire the Logitech Quickcam Orbit MP which cost me close to $200.00 a few years ago. Logitech Stubbornly has a position of too bad so sad. We are supporting that model in Windows 7 x64 But a Nice Intelligent Man posted online a work-around to use Winzip to take apart the installer, and voila you bypass the Logitech installer,you use the MSI installer, you get full use of your camera. I personally won't ever buy Logitech again. Other than that most companies are completely cooperative regarding upgrades.

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Logitech isn't supporting Quick Cam Orbit MP X64
by lakephillip / January 22, 2010 2:38 PM PST

I earlier meant to say Logitech ISN'T supporting Orbit MP in Windows 7 64-Bit.

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i know you're already working, but
by ramarc / January 22, 2010 11:12 PM PST

i kept trying various logitech vista/win7 drivers only to discover they didn't like my camera. but then i opened up windows live messenger, and it immediately recognized and could use the cam -- the generic driver included in win7 worked.

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And how have folks' experience been with older software
by Dango517 / January 22, 2010 5:49 PM PST
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If it works in XP or Vista....
by PECONET / January 22, 2010 7:05 PM PST

Basically if the drivers to your printer (or other devices) run under XP or Vista then they will work in the new operating system (Windows 7).
Just have the driver disk and then just run it, Windows 7 will do the rest, or, Window 7 will do it automatically, to do this just plug in the device and see if Windows 7 picks it up, if not just put in the drivers disk and run it.

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Drivers for Vista usually work in 7
by rpcimino / January 23, 2010 8:50 AM PST

My experience has been that with some HP printers, if the drivers work in Vista, they will work in Windows 7. But if you have only the XP drivers, don't count on them working. They probably won't. However, if you have Windows 7 Pro or better, use the Windows XP Mode. It works really well for hardware incompatibilities.

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Can Win 7 access the XP drivers?
by Bill Osler / January 23, 2010 10:15 AM PST

When you are using the XP drivers in XP Mode, can Win 7 processes access the devices via the XP drivers? Or are they only accessible to the processes running on the virtual XP machine?

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