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Installing Epson Perfection 1200U Scanner XP Drivers under Vista and Windows 7

By Vance Bell | May 20, 2010

Epson 1200U Scanner

Like myself, many folks still own the popular Epson 1200 Photo or 1200U scanner. Likewise, many of us have transitioned to Vista or Windows 7. Unfortunately, Epson, in their “wisdom” has failed to provide working Vista or Windows 7 drivers for these older scanners—preferring no doubt that we all go out and purchase a new scanner instead. It’s called “planned obsolescence,” no doubt the most annoying trend in the hardware and software industries.

Fortunately, there is a workaround that preformed well in my case. This involved using the most recently available Windows XP Twain drivers installed under Windows 7 using Windows XP compatibility mode. For Vista users the process should follow the same principles.

[Edited: If you are using a 64-bit version of Vista or Windows 7, you may wish to attempt the method outlined by Equinox in the comments to this post.]

Step 1: Download the most recent version of the Epson Twain drivers from the Epson site. At the time of writing this was TWAIN Driver v5.53A (for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98 – epson10245.exe – 4.6MB – posted on 02/25/02). The file bundle is a self-extracting Zip archive. Note the location of the download.

Step 2: Locate the file (epson10245.exe) that you have downloaded and extract it by double-clicking the file. By default the auto-extractor will attempt to install its files in C:\epson\epson10245. You may specify a different location if you wish. NOTE: When you progress to the screen below, UNCHECK the section “When Done Unzipping Run: Setup.exe.” We will want to handle that differently below.

Epson 1200U Twain Driver - WinZip Self-extractor [epson10245.exe]

Epson 1200U Twain Driver - WinZip Self-extractor - epson10245.exe

Step 3: Navigate to the directory C:\epson\epson1024, or your alternative location if you selected different directory for extraction.

Step 4: Locate the file Setup.exe. Right-click on it and select Properties.

Step 5: Switch from the General to the Compatibility tab.

Step 6: On the Compatibility tab, under “Compatibility mode” check the box for “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select Windows XP (Service Pack 2) from the dropdown menu. Select Apply on the bottom right, then OK.

Epson 1200U Twain Driver - Setup.exe Properties

Epson 1200U Twain Driver - Setup.exe Properties

Step 7: Double click on Setup.exe to launch the installer and proceed through the installation.

After the installation has completed you should be able to find the driver options available in Photoshop under File –> Import –> EPSON TWAIN 5 and/or WIA-Epson Perfection1200.

Hopefully, now you can get another lifetime out of that old hardware before consigning it to the landfill.

Best of luck,


Posted In: Tips | 89 Comments »

89 Responses

  • Jerry Danzig

    March 13th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Equinox, I tried your method above, but my win 7-64 laptop can’t seem to find the driver in the unzipped folder. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help…

  • Jimbo

    March 16th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Equinox, you were a lifesaver! Thanks so much. I have been trying to find a work-around for months for my 1200U. NOW, it works with Windows 7 using your exact instructions. THANKS!!!!

  • Jimbo

    March 16th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Jerry, unzip to a folder that you know the name of… or make a new one before you unzip. Then unzip to that folder than then navigate to it.

  • Tehomas, Franc

    March 23rd, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you very much. I had to carry over Equinox instructions to French. It works with Windows 7, 64 bit. Was already desperate to find a solution. ‘m ver grateful.

  • Thomas, France

    March 23rd, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Had to carry over Equinox instructions to French. Now it works with Windows 7, 64 bit. ‘m verygrateful; thank you so much.

  • Thomas Wright

    April 13th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I must be the only person in the world who can’t get Equinox’s solution to work. I unzipped the Epson12181.exe file into an empty folder – Scantest. I entered Scantest into the input field in the Install from Disk window and clicked OK. In the Update Driver software Perfection1200 screen I hi-lighted Epson Perfection 4990 and clicked Next. Then received an Update Driver Warning screen followed by a Windows Encountered a problem…. screen. Tried all possible ways and nothing is working for me. I am no expert when it comes to installing drivers, I must be pointing somewhere at the wrong file.

    Thanks for your help


  • franc

    May 18th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    EQUINOX’s solution works for me!!! I’m so glad!!!
    Thanks a million, EQUINOX.


  • Guy

    June 11th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks Vance and Equinox. You just made another user happy and saved a scanner from the dump.

  • Mark in Jersey

    June 14th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for the tips Vance.

    My hat goes out to Equinox: Sir, you win ONE internet for your nice little “trick” to salvage my old Perfection 1200U scanner 😀

    Just to add a few specifics to the trick: I went to Epson’s website and they have two groups of “4990” drivers.

    The one that worked for me was in the SECOND (latter) group, from those I clicked the one entitled “EPSON Perfection 4990 PHOTO”. The specific selection is “TWAIN Driver and EPSON Scan Utility v3.04A” and specific file is “epson12181.exe – 11.5MB – posted on 02/06/07” and is digitally signed on 02/05/07 by Verisign.

    This one file will work for BOTH 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Ultimate (I verified). The install is a bit tricky, but once you get to the point of where Windows asks you to pick the specific file (after extracting them, DO NOT run Setup.exe), it’s called Es4f.inf, in “/Epson/epson12181_pr49ph_twain_driver_and_epson_scan_utility_304a/Es4f.inf”.

    Good luck, and the scanner works better than before!

  • Mark GB

    June 20th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Equinox – You’re an absolute star, been trying to install this in Win 7 for days… And bingo – like magic – thanks for putting up this fix

  • Ashley

    July 15th, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Thanks for posting… the 1200u is now working perfectly on Win7… Thank you, thank you, thank you !

  • Kenny

    August 1st, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Equinox advice worked perfectly on Win 7 64 bit.

    My Epson Perfection has been gathering dust for 3 years now, and it is like having a long lost friend back!

    Thank you so much.

    Kenny Thain

  • ED

    August 8th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Equinox’s advice worked fine for me as well. I have Windows 7 64bit and my 1200U works like a charm.

  • Dhinakar

    October 20th, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Great discussion and immense help.
    Hi, is there any similar way for Epson stylus CX1500 scanner and printer compatible for windows 7 (64 bit),
    Thanks in anticipation

  • Dubs

    November 9th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I used Equinox’s method, and it worked well. Thanks for writing this article.

  • Pink Rock

    December 3rd, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Thanks, Your suggestion worked on my win7 Professional.

  • Misha

    December 17th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Hi! I have win 7 Home Premium and an old Perfection 1200 Photo – unfortunately, Equinox method did not work; Windows keeps giving the message ‘Could not find the driver”. Anyone had a similar issue?

  • Craig

    January 11th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I have the same problem as Misha. The Equinox method does not work. I get the same error message that Misha got, can’t find the driver. Any suggestions?

  • Craig

    January 11th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    OK, I figured out how to make it work on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine.
    Go to
    Download the driver. Note this is a 1200U driver!
    Save the unzipped files into a convenient folder.
    Use Equinox’s instructions on how to load the driver in the device manager.
    Note that the scanner appears under “Imaging devices” in the device manager.
    Note that after I installed it and rebooted my computer the screen resolution was all messed up, as well as my second monitor. Note quite sure why the scanner drivers muck that up, but they do.

  • Anne

    January 18th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I give up. I’m no expert at this but tried to follow instructions above. It doesn’t seem to download the Es4f.inf bit, and my machine can’t seem to install the driver. I don’t have Photoshop and don’t need fancy scanning but just wanted to get the scanner to work from a desktop icon so I could use it as a copier, which looks possible from the manual – or am I deluding myself?

  • John

    February 2nd, 2013 at 2:53 am

    A GREAT “Thank you” is NOT enough, for what you discovered and shared with us.
    Worked instantly on my Windows Vista Laptop PC and now I don’t need to :
    Restart -> Boot in WinXP -> Scan -> Boot back in Win Vista for my usual work.
    I have Vista SP2 installed rather “freshly” (one more time…) on my PC, btw. I mean an “old” installation, patched up a million times, “cleaned” another million times may have problems working correctly.

  • Donna

    February 10th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! It worked, and I am so thrilled. These compatibility issues are what keeps me from upgrading. It’s always a trial. Thanks again. I’ve other scanner, but this one fits where I want it in the living room. 🙂

  • Winson Wong

    June 27th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Hi Anna dated 18th Janurary

    I tried and the scanner came back under the Vista without photoshop.
    step 1 is ok
    step 2 will be failure because the setup is not run under compatible mode. don’t worry. let it be.
    step 3 to 7 are OK but
    a. you have to restart the computer after you power off the scanner
    b. turn on your computer and wait until your computer is completely startup.
    c. plug on your scanner, then a software installation is shown.
    d. let it automatically find the driver, then a red warning panel popup. Just run it – what they sau unsafe.
    e. after completion of driver installation. Go to control panel – scanners & cameras, you find the scanner perfection1200U.
    f. restart the computer
    g. press the scanner bottom left corner “scan” then you should see the scanner is working.
    Hope that it can help but a little late from Jan 2013.

  • William

    July 14th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Equinox,
    Thank you very much for your instructions.
    I successfully installed the driver for my old Epson Perfection 1200U scanner on a machine running Windows 7 64-bit. It works perfectly.


  • wishbone

    July 26th, 2013 at 4:25 am

    @Equinox great! Your suggestion works just fine, when exactly followed your steps! The other hacks didn’t work for me either.
    How long have I already been trying to install my old old scanner to win7 64, again and again – and finally works!!!

  • wishbone

    July 26th, 2013 at 4:52 am

    …the 4990 software is also far better than the old original one!

  • Luis

    August 29th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Great… It worked thank you!!!

  • Appletreasures

    September 21st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    How would I apply “Equinox Method” to use my Epson Perfection 1640SU with Windows 7 Home Premium?

    Can it be applied to many scanners from lots of companies that have been abandon by manufactures by using the drivers from a newer model?

  • Appletreasures

    September 21st, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I just applied the “Equinox Method” and installed the drivers for “EPSON Perfection 4990 PHOTO”. When I double clicked on the downloaded file I unchecked “When done unzipping open:” so that it would not run the setup. I recommend that you print out Equinox’s directions so you will be able to follow the steps exactly. It went very smoothly with no problems. I am now able to my Epson Perfection 1640SU with Windows Fax and Scan program under Windows 7. Thanks everyone for helping and sharing.

  • BeFunky

    October 13th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    There is a solution for windows 8 users.
    I applied it myself and it works.

  • Appletreasures

    October 20th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I am trying to use same method to use a Visioneer 7600 under Windows 7 using the driver for Visioneer 7400.
    The link to driver is below.
    The trouble is the download is “7400.4591208.EN.msi”.
    I’m having trouble extracting the driver from the Windows Installer Package (.msi).
    I believe all I need is the .inf file(s).
    Can anyone offer any help?

  • Zac

    November 6th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I used Craig’s method, installing the special installer download file he posted:
    – it’s the only one that worked for me (after unsuccessfully using Vance’s original instructions, then Equinox’s). I have the Perfection 1200U, and successfully installed on a Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Laptop. Thank you Craig!

    Anyone know a similar hack for an Epson Photo 960 printer (which Epson, similarly, has decided not to create x86 drivers for)?

  • Freddo

    November 27th, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Your driver worked like a charm. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have my scanner back.

    Best regards… 🙂

  • Bob

    December 6th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Fantastic! It didn’t seem to work by selecting Windows XP (Service Pack 2), but I tried it with Service Pack 3 and bingo! It’s a bit clunky to use, but at least I can use it! Thanks, Vance.

  • Billy

    January 21st, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    THANKS Equinox !! 🙂

  • Russ K

    March 24th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Followed Mark in New Jersey post on (06-14-2012). I have an Epson Perfection 3200 Photo and just updated to a new home brew with win 7 x64 because of win XP support going away on 04/08/2014. Have had to hunt down a lot of patches for existing old hardware. I think they’re all trying to push purchasing new hardware as away to add sales. (forced obsolescence!!!)

  • edem

    August 1st, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    i need the drivers

  • mare

    December 21st, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    You’re a great man . I have my scanned back again. Thank you

  • James

    June 27th, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    The instructions by Equinox above did the trick for my Win7Pro 64bit system with Photoshop 7 32 bit software. Thank you Equinox!!

    Here it is again for those who need it. Direct copy of Equinox’s instructions from above:

    These hacks are not so good. I did it another way:

    1. Uninstall/delete all Epson stuff you tried to instal, if any.
    2. Download from Epson site x64 bit driver for late “Perfection” models, almost any. I used EPSON Perfection 4990 driver. Run, unpack do temporary directory.
    3. Go to device manager
    4. Turn the scanner on. And wait for it in “Other devices”.
    5. Right-click on “Perfection1200″, then “Update driver software” -> “Browse my computer for driver software” -> “Let me pick..” -> “Imaging devices” -> “Have Disk” -> locate the folder you uncompressed 4990 drivers and install driver, ignoring warnings. That’s it 🙂

    PS: for 32-bit Windows you have to download x32 driver of course.

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