Getting an old scanner to work with windows 10

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by AngryBird, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. AngryBird

    AngryBird MDL Novice

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    Hi all,
    I hope I posted at the right place.

    Upgraded to windows 10, and notice that this BenQ 5560 scanner does not have drivers for windows 10. I tried running on compatibility mode, and it install the software. However there's still ! mark for scanner on device manager. Any way to force install the scanner, or to mod the driver to work on windows 10? If possible, I do not want to get a new scanner as this one still working.
     
  2. shanye

    shanye MDL Junior Member

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    I had exactly this problem. I used VM player to run a virtual XP installation and installed my scanner to that. It works a treat!
     
  3. stonedagain

    stonedagain MDL Junior Member

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    Try Vuescan, it has loads of drivers. I use it on win 7 with a 15 year old Epson scanner.
     
  4. AngryBird

    AngryBird MDL Novice

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    Any other way than using VM?
     
  5. gabb

    gabb MDL Junior Member

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    If the drivers are in .exe format, you might be able to decompress it and get the .inf and other files for a manual driver installation and hope it works.
    It's either that or a VM (which is not that bad).
     
  6. drnoellyg

    drnoellyg MDL Member

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    Best solution possible. If this doesn't work then go the VM route.
     
  7. shanye

    shanye MDL Junior Member

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    I tried loads of different combinations, but got no-where. My scanner is really old though - it goes back to the time of WindowsME. I used the XP mode thing with Windows 7...
     
  8. AngryBird

    AngryBird MDL Novice

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    I tried the trial version, it work but there is watermark each time you scan. buying a standard or pro version cost a bom here, with around 40USD and 80USD respectively. I will try install VueScan and let it detect my scanner. After that I am going to use some driver backup program to extract the driver. Will see if it can work that way. I will have to dig out my OCR software that I have and hope it will work.
     
  9. stonedagain

    stonedagain MDL Junior Member

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    Angrybird, You have PM