Installing Epson Perfection 1200U Scanner Drivers under Windows 10

Epson 1200 Photo Scanner

Epson 1200 Scanner with Photo Attachment

Many folks still own the popular Epson 1200U or 1200 Photo scanner. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.

Years ago, I published a few notes on setting up the scanner for Windows 7 and Vista.

At the end of 2019 I built a new workstation which runs Windows 10. Now of course Epson still hasn’t provided drivers specifically for the 1200U scanner, but there are working methods for getting the hardware up and running. These will involve downloading drivers for the Epson 2400 and then effectively installing them as the Epson Perfection 4990.

So here we go:

Step 1: Connect and Power Up Scanner

Make sure your Epson 1200 is connected to your computer via USB and powered on.

Step 2: Download Drivers and Utilities

Download the drivers and Epson Scan Utility for the Epson 2400 scanner from the Epson website:


I use Windows 10 64-bit, so the correct set of files was:

Scanner Driver and EPSON Scan Utility v3.04A
14.77 MB

The download in a Zip archive of driver files and the Epson Scan utility.

When unpacked it should contain these files:

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Epson 2400 Driver Package

Step 3: Device Manager

Open the Device Manager control panel by typing Device Manager in the Windows 10 search bar and selecting it.

Find the Perfection 1200 listed under Other Devices.

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Device Manager

Epson 1200 Driver Setup – Device Manager

Step 4: Update Driver

Right mouse click on the Perfection 1200 device and select Update Driver.

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Update Driver

On the “How do you want to search for drivers?” panel, select “Browse my computer for driver software.”

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Select Driver from Computer

On the “Browser drivers on your computer” panel, select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Select Available Drivers from Computer

Find and select EPSON in the Manufacturer list.

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Select Available Drivers from Computer

Locate the EPSON Perfection 4990 (not the 1200 or 2400) in the Model list.

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Select Epson Perfection 4990

You should see the final prompt:

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Windows Has Successfully Updated Your Drivers

If you then return to the Device Manager, you should see the Epson Perfection 4990 listed under Imaging Devices.

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Device Manager - Epson Perfection 4990

Step 5: Epson Scan Software

At this point, I had installed the Epson Scan utility (Setup.exe) included in the Epson 2400 driver bundle.

Note: the scanner must be turned on for the software to launch correctly.

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Epson Scan Utility

Step 6: Windows Scan

Alternatively, you can download the free Windows Scan software from the Microsoft Store.

Epson 1200 Driver Setup - Windows Scan utility

Step 7: Enjoy

Hopefully you’ll be able keep your Epson 1200 scanner out of the landfill and get many more years of use out of it.

Installing Epson Perfection 1200U Scanner Drivers under Windows 10
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  • April 29, 2020


    It looks like the Epson website now has updated drivers to support Perfection Series through Windows 10.
    I have not verified that they are actually there or that they actually work.
    If interested, check it out and please post here the results.


  • June 17, 2020



    I have an old Epson Perfection 1300Pro scanner. Do you know if I can use it with my current Mac system, High Sierra OS? If not, can you recommend a scanner for printed photographs as well as transparencies?

    Many thanks!

  • August 14, 2020


    I’m a bit confuse.
    In step 5, “Epson Scan utility (Setup.exe) included in the Epson 2400 driver bundle”, wouldn’t running Setup.exe install both Epson 2400 Scanner Driver and EPSON Scan Utility v3.04A?
    Is that not a problem because the EPSON Perfection 4990 driver has been associated with the Epson 1200 and the Epson 2400 Scanner Driver is not associated with anything?

    Do you think this method could be used with Epson Perfection 1640SU?

  • December 2, 2020

    Benoit Carignan

    Hi Vance,

    I followed your instructions on how to install my Epson Perfection 1200Photo scanner and it is now fully working, including the transparency unit, using the Epson app on my PC.

    I will try to use a similar method to install it on my iMac Catalina.

    Thanks for your detailed information, now I do not have to scrap my scanner. My main use was to scan films and slides on my iMac. I had put the unit aside since it was no longer supported. Going thru the Epson support did not help.

    Thanks again.

  • December 2, 2020

    Michael Chinn


    I have been able to use my epson 1200 scanner for many years, using the method you mention in your blog. (It uses the same drivers as the Epson 2400) However, I just received a Windows 10 notification which seems to consider the scanner an ‘Unknown USB Device (Device Descriptor Request Failed)’, so there’s no way to update the device driver-(no scanner/imaging devices appear in the Device Manager screen.)

    Is this the end of the road for this scanner???

  • December 20, 2020

    Joseph Andrew

    Hello Vance,
    I also have this scanner “Epson 1200 U” its still works, looks new and clean, no problems with it whatsoever and like everyone out there it just stopped working when windows 10 had an auto update at some point in the not too distant past. Well I followed your instructions as clearly shown to the “Nth degree” and it didn’t work!! I looked closer at your instructions and noticed you downloaded a zip file called “epson12180.exe” to start with, then when it came to installing it somehow changed to “epson12181.exe”!!!? What’s up with that, or was it a genuine mistake? Do you have access to the correct zip file so that I can continue with my scanner as I use to? kind regards

  • February 22, 2021


    Volevo chiedere come mai se tento di scansionare le diapositive il mio Epson 1200 parte per la scansione ma appena partito si blocca.
    Distinti saluti

    In English (machine translated):

    Good evening!
    I wanted to ask why if I try to scan the slides my Epson 1200 starts to scan but just starts it freezes.
    With best regards

  • February 25, 2021

    Richard Eng

    You’re a lifesaver. You helped me install my old Epson 1200 scanner. Thanks!

  • June 23, 2021


    Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. I do however wonder why you suggest installing the scanner as a 4990 though. The download driver file 12180 is specifically listed by Epson for the 2400 which lucky for us apparently uses the same drivers as the 1200. I Installed as a 2400 and my 1200 scanner works perfectly in Windows 10.

  • July 28, 2021


    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this. Install on my Win10 x64 didn’t QUITE match the above plan; the Model List didn’t SHOW the 4990… but when I clicked “Have Disk” and browsed to the folder of stuff unzipped from epson12181.exe, it then showed me ONLY the 4990 driver, and bingo.

    Blessings onya!

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