I needed to scan something in to my computer and I realised as I switched my scanner on that my newly installed copy of Vista hadn’t seen it yet. “No problem” I thought, it’ll either find the drivers itself or I’ll put the CD I got with it in.
It failed to find the drivers both on the web and on the CD. “Strange” I thought. I assumed it would be using some standard means of communicating with the computer (TWAIN) that Vista could easily handle. So I went to Epson’s web site to get the latest driver and realised there weren’t any for Vista (yet there were for some of their other scanners). It’s not an ancient scanner, probably a couple of years old so I was surprised I couldn’t get it to work.
After a reboot I was greeted with this friendly message:
Not very reassuring and in all the years I’ve been using Microsoft Windows, this is the first time a piece of hardware has failed to survive an update. May it rest in peace…
Of course, I also have a server running Windows 2003 lying around so I plugged it into that and the scanner worked as sweet as a nut. But it’s interesting to see that underneath quite a lot clearly has changed in Vista and the days of Microsoft’s legendary obsession with backwards compatibility may be starting to fade. Either that or Epson haven’t updated their drivers yet and I’m just getting burned for being an early adopter!