Can I install a Windows XP driver on a Windows Vista PC?
Windows Vista, Vista x64
Products released prior to Vista
If a Windows Vista driver is not available for your product, you can attempt to use the Windows XP driver instead.
Please be aware that Epson neither advocates nor supports this solution.
When installing the Windows XP version of a driver, from either the product CD or the Epson website, you will receive warnings from the Windows Vista operating system. When the following User Account Control warning appears, click 'Allow' to continue the installation:
This User Account Control (UAC) warning occurs because Vista cannot identify the publisher of the file (Epson in this case).
Although the driver should function, there are a number of issues you may encounter:
When closing the installer, you may receive an Alert and/or Error dialogue box.
If Internet Explorer is set to Protected Mode, you may receive Print Preview errors and the Progress Meter may be inaccurate.
The Driver Update button does not work.
Certain ICM Profile names cannot be selected within the media profiler.
Error messages appear when the PIC (Programmable Interrupt Controller) is called.
Epson Photo Paper is incorrectly labelled as 'Epson Photo Paper Crispia' and cannot be selected from the Windows Printing Wizard.
For many models, the XP driver cannot be installed because the installer for EPSON Status Monitor cannot identify the operating system correctly.
You may receive a User Account Control alert when launching or closing the installer.
For some models, the number of prints cannot be changed in the Printing Wizard. It can, however, be changed in the driver window.
You may also experience the following error message during the driver installation process:
Click the Close program button to skip the error message and continue.
For product-specific information on Vista driver support, see this article.
Where a Vista driver is available, Epson recommends using it. Many Epson products are supported out-of-the-box with Vista, either with a Windows inbox driver or ESC/P2 driver. For those products with an inbox driver, Vista will normally install the appropriate driver for the printer upon detection (when the printer has been powered on and connected to the computer). However, you can also install the driver manually using the Windows Add Printer Wizard.
Many products have full Epson driver support, with a driver available to download from the Epson Support website.