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Failing Peripherals???

A Common problem with peripherals such as Keyboards, Printers, Mice etc. are that they require a new driver each time an operating system is released after the product was released.

For example, if you have a scanner from 1998 and you want to use it on the current operating systems such as Windows Vista / 7 you need to update the driver... But what if there is no newer driver available???

Sometimes, there is a workaround.

In Windows XP/Vista/7 there is a feature that allows you to run an application in compatibility mode. So using this nifty feature we can run the driver installation that you have for an older operating system on a newer one such as Windows Vista or Windows 7.

So, first we need to get the compatibility window open.

  • First, Right click on the Driver installation file (usually a .exe but sometimes can be a .zip or .rar) 
  • Next, Find the tab that is called Compatibility
  • Now, you should see a dimmed out box saying "Run in compatibility mode for:" and then a drop-down menu.
  • Tick that box and then select the operating system the driver was originally created for. (Or one that is supported by the hardware)
  • Then to make sure things run smoothly, tick the box at the bottom of the dialog that says "Run as an Administrator", this will make sure it can access the files it needs to. (Sometimes can allow erroneous files into your system, Use with Caution and at your own risk)
  • Now, click OK/APPLY at the bottom and then run the driver installer.

This should then install it so that your current NEWER operating system can find and use it.

This is not 100% effective and not all products will allow you to do this, but it is worth a try as it may just fix your issues.

If anyone needs anymore info regarding this then please contact me via the email on my FixYa Profile.

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