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Brother MFC 8840D Windows 7 and Scanning software

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I have a Brother 8840D printer and I just switched to Windows 7.  The driver for the printer ( that Microsoft supplied) works fine, but what I need is software that will allow me to scan to a file. Originally it came with a built in version of PaperPort (I believe)

However, aside from the drivers, I was told by Brother today that they have no such software for Windows 7 and to contact a 3rd part vendor for software; someone like Paperport.  In going to their web site the first thing I see is an advertisement for software that sells for $199.00.  The printer itself was only $250.00

Is there some solution available that will allow me to scan a something to a jpg and or a pdf file?
Something that doesn't involve a lot of expense?
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Just had this problem as well. Try STP @

http://ironfist.at.tut.by/
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try installing the software in XP compatibility mode

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Arixin:
I have an email into IronFist with regard to Windows 7 compatibility.
Nobus:
I have investigated XP Compatibility mode and decided against it.  It puts too much overhead on the system and takes up a lot of disk space.
Any other thoughts?  

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I'm using STP on Windows 7 just fine.

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It appears that STP will not scan, but only can convert JPEGs into PDF.  What I'm looking for is a scaning solution for my Brother MFC 8840D
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Here is how it works on my system.  Take note, the PDF is saved to the STP directory.
STP1.JPG
STP2.JPG
STP3.JPG
STP4.JPG
STP5.JPG
STP6.JPG
STP7.JPG

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This is a surprising little tool.  It does indeed solve the problem of not being able to scan from my MFC 8840D.  It was easy to tell how to create a .pdf file, it was not as obvious to tell how to create a .jpg file.  I finally discovered I could right click on the STP screen and select Save As.
Thank you for haning in there.  I would have passed over it if you hadn't.
 
I have this same brother model and installed STP as a solution and it works for the flatbed but I have been unable to use STP with the document feeder for multi-page scans.  Do you know how to solve this?
Furthermore, if I try to install the Brother MFL-Pro Suite via xp mode it craps out about 75% of the way thru install and gives an error message that the Install Shield Setup Launcher has stopped working and that windows will close the program and notify me if a solution is available.  Has anyone else been successful in installing this brother app in xp mode?