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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:

https://epson.com/Support/Scanners/Perfection-Series/Epson-Perfection-2400-Photo/s/SPT_B11B152011

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

Scanner Driver and EPSON Scan Utility v3.04A
02/06/07
14.77 MB
epson12180.exe

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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Comments

  • April 29, 2020
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    appletreasures

    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.

    https://epson.com/Support/Scanners/Perfection-Series/sh/s210

  • June 17, 2020
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    Nicole

    Hello,

    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!
    Nicole

  • August 14, 2020
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    appletreasures

    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?

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