Epson Perfection 1260 TWAIN drivers not recognised (XP Home)

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Ian Jackson, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Ian Jackson

    Ian Jackson Guest

    My Epson Perfection 1260 (which I have been using for around eight
    years) has suddenly stopped working. I'm using XP Home. However, it's
    still OK on a laptop using XP Professional.

    I've been digging through the various forum and newsgroup archives, and
    it appears that this sort of problem has been popping up for several
    years (even with other printers and other versions of Windows).

    The obvious problem is the none of the TWAIN drivers are being
    recognised. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the original software, and
    also used the latest TWAIN drivers, run a registry repair, re-done the
    un- and re- installations etc, but I always get a report saying that
    there is no TWAIN driver. Yes, the computer knows the scanner is there,
    and it says it's working - but unless it can recognise the TWAIN driver,
    it isn't going to work.

    Fortunately, the scanner WILL work (although with far fewer options)
    with two of my little-used imaging programs - Photoshop 7 and Microsoft
    Paint (instead of my usual FastStone Image Viewer). These offer the
    option of selecting a WIA driver, and that allows the scanner to work,
    albeit with reduced functionality and fewer scanning options). [I
    haven't checked yet if I can still use the scanner's
    transparency/negative adaptor.]

    It would seem from the various newsgroup and forum archives that this
    sudden failure of certain scanners to work may be linked to one of the
    Windows updates. There are countless helpful suggestions but,
    unfortunately, I've only found one person who positively said "I did
    this, and it fixed it". As the fix seemed to involve a lot of messing
    about with deleting Windows updates, doing a Windows repair etc, I'm
    extremely reluctant to try and mend something which isn't totally

    I'm in two minds as whether to accept the fact that I still can use the
    scanner (although not as I used to) and get on with my life, or to
    pursue a fix, and possibly screw up my PC in the process. So, has anyone
    found a relatively simple fix for this problem, or should I just live
    with things as they are?
    Ian Jackson, Dec 1, 2011
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