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CanoScan Vs. Windows Vista

I can not run the scanner with windows vista. I can not find a dirver for Windows Vista.

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  • moreno Nov 09, 2007

    just tried to install a it says it is not compatable

  • jquiroga Nov 12, 2007

    thank you very much.

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2007

    I.m having the same problem with N656U, I would like to know if I should just give up and throw a perfectly good piece of hardware in the landfill? It seems a shame that we keep throwing things away that work fine.

  • whaichai Jul 14, 2008

    i cant install the drivers of canoscan n656u its not compatible to windows vista, is there anything i can do to fix this

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    I cannot find the Vista service pack 2 update that is supposed to cure the problem !!

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    Stupid Canon.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    No drivers for Canon CanoScan N656U for Windows Vista 64 bit. Shall I throw it away? Buy Canon again?



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Tom, your solution is incorrect. I have just got my Canoscan working fine with Vista, simply using Canon's official XP drivers and unpacking them in XP compatibility mode. Is working fine with just a bit of experimentation. (You need the Canon toolbox software too, all of which is available from

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Check out Vuescan. It allows you to use your scanner, but only within the program.

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I tried the VueScan and it works, but then when i save a file it saves it with $$ marks on it. advice?

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Download Trial Version of VueScan ut works with Vista 32 and 64. No idea how but it works fine.

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There are none out.
Email Canon and ask them if they are going to make VISTA drivers your scanner.

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    Thomas Christopher Nov 10, 2007

    Solution: Windows Vista Comaptibility information (Non-supported Scanners)

    Unfortunately this product is not supported with the Windows Vista Operating SystemUnfortunately, this scanner is not supported in the Windows Vista environment. This includes both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista.
    However, as a valued Canon customer, we would like to offer you the Canon Loyalty Program which allows you to upgrade your product, at discounted pricing, to one of our current products that does support Windows Vista. To take advantage of this option, please contact our technical support department during regular business hours (currently Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight. EST, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., excluding holidays).

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