Driver for Epson 1240u Scanner in Windows 10

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras, Webcams and Scanners' started by Goldie, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. Goldie

    Goldie New Member

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    Is there a free (or cheap!) driver available for the Epson Perfection 1240u scanner in Windows 10?
    Its a great scanner, but the only driver I can find for it is VueScan which costs £31.
    Have I any other options if I want to continue using this scanner?
    Thanks.
     
  2. _Pete_

    _Pete_ Active Member

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  3. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    If you pay for a driver you are looking on the wrong site. Drivers are always free from the manufacturers website.
     
  4. Goldie

    Goldie New Member

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    Unfortunately, Epson no longer offers anything for the 1240 - except point you in the direction of VueScan!
     
  5. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    But my point still stands. Try the windows 7 driver and see if it works. If not, you'll have to get a new scanner or a multifunction printer that prints, scan, copies, faxes.
     
  6. Goldie

    Goldie New Member

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    I tried to download the Windows 7 driver from the Epson site, but it only gives me the following 3 options:
    a - to repair; b - to modify or c - to uninstall.
    The same happened when I selected one of the later Perfection scanner models just to try.
    I assume it simply recognises my Windows 10 64-bit system as not compatible.
     
  7. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    On some driver installs, if its already installed, then you need to uninstall it first. Then try reinstalling again. Sometimes you can get lucky using windows 7 drivers for 10.
     
  8. Goldie

    Goldie New Member

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    Hi John - looked in my programmes and found an Epson Twain V.5 driver, which I uninstalled as you suggested. It then accepted a fresh download from the Epson site (the latest being the Windows 7 version). I then clicked on the scanner in Control Panel - Devices, only to get the same message as before - "WIA driver required for this device".
    So its looking very much like my options are: a) say goodbye to the scanner, or b) fork out to Vuescan for their driver (which worked in the free trial - complete with the Viewscan watermark!).
    As I only use the scanner occasionally, I don't think I'll be giving Viewscan my cash anytime soon. Its a shame, because it scans photographs exceptionally well!
     

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