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How to get a 32 bit plotter to print from a 64 Bit OS

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I have an office with an Epson Stylus Pro 7600 – ultrachrome. They have upgraded their PC's to Windows 7 64 bit or Vista also 64 bit. Is there a way to get them to not have to trash a very expensive plotter? Byt the way,we have searched for 64 bit drivers and did not find them.
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If there are no drivers available the only thing you can try is to use Windows 7 XP Mode. If it doesn't work there I'm afraid there isn't much you can do.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions
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I've had some luck taking 32bit driver .inf and modding it o allow installation on 64bit. Sometimes it works.
The other option is to use a 32bit computer to print from. They could rdp or vnc into it and print.
Third, you can run xp mode or any other vm of a 32bit os.
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agree on rindi's comment, one other possible suggestion, and i have no idea if this would even work, would be to see if you could somehow create a shim on the driver:

http://www.msigeek.com/4823/creating-a-shimfix-using-compatibility-administrator

See if this will work, as i said i have no idea if you can shim a driver...but maybe...

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Would it be possible to setup the plotter on an 32 bit machine, share it out to all of the 64 bit machines?

If not I have had success with modifying the inf files in the past as well.
Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions
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Nope. It will search that share for the 64 bit drivers and not find them

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[+]      Printer Driver v5.5a
Windows Vista 64-bit compatible*, Windows XP 64-bit
epson12166.exe - 6.7MB - posted on 02/23/07

If it works on Vista 64 it will work on 7 unless it says "OS Not Supported" or some garbage in which case thats just an error message in the driver wrapper (the EXE) you can either decompress the exe and get the inf file out of the package or if the inf file is visible you just go into the system properties / device manager and install the driver manually there.
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Aaron TomoskyDirector, SD-WAN Solutions
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Nice save burners. I didnt even look to see if the 64bit drivers might exist. Facepalm.

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uhhm tried Windows Vista 64 bit- didn't work. How can I  "decompress" the exe?

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Nevermind- I see what you mean, if you run the executable it simply decompresses into a folder in the C: drive.
That is the thing, the Vista 64 drivers did not work on the workstation we need the unit connect to. If they are really supposed to be compatible with Windows 7 how come it does not say so on their website?

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I see you closed this but to answer your last question its because its an older product and you have to look at it like this, how many products does epson sell? how much time and money do they have to continually update little things like saying a 64bit driver works on the newest OS, that means first they have to test it and that all takes time and money. If the product is older then a certain age they have to weigh out how many people will benefit from this vs. the cost involved.

They also will consider if it should work and if it should work then they might figure to just leave it and save the time and cost involved since someone technical can figure it out.

Vist x64 and 7 x64 are very similar just like Xp x64 and 2003 Server x64

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I will try the drivers on a different 7 machine and report back.
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