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There isn't currently a Windows 7 driver available for this machine. You can attempt using a Vista driver or the driver may be available embedded within the Windows 7 software. Worst case, you can use a generic driver such as the HP Laserjet 4 driver. Using this driver should get you printing but may not allow machine specific functions. It is available from within the Windows 7 software.
It will not work to directly connect a network cable directly from the network port of the printer directly to your computer. You will have to use a cross-over cable and configure your TCP/IP settings manually. However, to utilize network printing and have internet access, you will want to get a router and connect your modem to the ethernet port of the router, then a network cable from pc to switch port on router, and a network cable from printer to a differnt switch port on router. Most consumer routers have a built in 4-port switch, so that should allow enough connections. You may want to consult a local IT company or Ricoh dealer for the rest of the setup. This will allow the framework for network printing and/or scanning.
Try to install the software anyways, even though it is not Vista Compatible, meaning it wasn't tested or certified for use with Vista. If that doesn't work, try to visit Ricoh's website to see iff they have a driver compatible with the Ricoh Caplia R40. If that doesn't work, email Ricoh and ask what they can do to help you.