Looking for EPSON PERFECTION 3200 PHOTO drivers for Windows 7
Windows 8 Update:
We've got some exciting news about adapting this workaround to Windows 8: See bottom of this page.
Windows 7 is becoming ubiquitous. In addition to being a very
attractive upgrade for your existing computer, every new Windows PC,
laptop or netbook, comes now with Windows 7. Many of these new Windows
7 computers come with the 64-bit variant of Windows 7.
Windows 7's support for hardware is impressive, but it is not perfect.
While most manufacturers try to provide a Windows 7 drivers for their
peripherals, you may run into a situation in which your particular
device is missing a driver.
This indeed turns out to be the situation with the venerable EPSON
PERFECTION 3200 PHOTO scanner.
When you go to EPSON's website
to search for a
Windows 64-bit driver for the EPSON PERFECTION 3200 PHOTO scanner, you
will not find one. Yes, you will find an "ICM Color Profile Module
Update" for Windows 64-bit but this is not the driver for the scanner.
Interestingly, you will find a Windows 64-bit driver for other EPSON
scanners, but not for the 3200 PHOTO.
Do you really need to discard your quality scanner just because you
upgraded to the 64-bit flavor of Windows 7?
Look no further. Software Candy has found a workaround that allows you
to "eat the cake and have it, too". If you carefully follow the
instructions below, you will be able to use your EPSON PERFECTION 3200
PHOTO scanner as if it were an EPSON 4990 scanner.
I (download the 4990 driver):
- Point your browser at the EPSON PERFECTION 4990 PHOTO Drivers & Downloads page.
- Select Windows 64-bit and click the Go button.
- Click the [+] link next to TWAIN Driver and EPSON Scan
- Click the Download Now link that has just been revealed.
- The download page will now prompt you to accept Epson's
Software License Agreement. Click the Accept button to start the
II (tweaking the 4990 driver to support 3200):
- Save the file
epson12181.exe in an easy to access location.
- Open epson12181.exe
to extract the files within, but do not run the installer yet! Uncheck the "When
done unzipping open:" checkbox.
- Go to the folder epson12181_pr49ph_twain_driver_and_epson_scan_utility_304a
and open (for editing) the file Es4f.inf
Setup information file:
- Locate the following lines:
- And right below them add these two lines:
III (Installing the driver):
- Save the file and exit the text editor.
- Turn your EPSON scanner off.
- Open the Setup.exe
application and proceed with the installation (see reader's tip here)
- Turn your EPSON scanner on. Wait a few seconds for it to
show up on Devices and Printers.
- Right-click its icon and select Properties. If the Update
Driver... button is enabled click it. Otherwise, click the Change
Settings button and then click the Update Driver... button.
- Select "Browse my computer for driver software"
- Point at where your edited Es4f.inf
(along with the rest of the driver files) is and complete installation.
- Enjoy your scanner with its icon replaced in Devices and
- Be sure to use the the
EPSON scan software
with this driver
downloadable from EPSON), and not some WIA software.
- These instructions are the USB only interface! Do not attempt to use this workaround on the firewire connection.
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One of our readers turned our attention to a post by Darien Graham-Smith
which boils down to the following additional steps for making the above work for Windows 8:
- Go back into the INF file and remove the reference in the header to the CAT file containing the driver’s cryptographic details. This leaves the driver not signed at all.
- Go to the Advanced Startup app in Windows 8, and choose to reboot the computer with Advanced Startup options enabled. You’ll then be given the opportunity to boot into various troubleshooting modes, including Safe Mode, Debugging Mode and the snappily-named “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” mode. Choose the latter! (“Disable Driver Signature Enforcement”)
: We have not tested this Windows 8 workaround yet, but we are rushing to publish this tip since we received many request to update this article to Windows 8. Apparently, EPSON did a great job designing & manufacturing the PERFECTION 3200 PHOTO. :) If you can improve the aforementioned steps, please send us your corrections/insights.