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Our client runs Allscripts MISYS Tiger for their medical Billing Software. The Point of Sale Part of the software uses a very old OKI Microline 590 to print. Previously they were running the program on windows xp, and used the IBM Proprinter III driver, and everything worked fine. However, they have just upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit, and It appears the IBM Proprinter III Driver is not included in windows anymore. What options are there to get this printer working again?
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Have you tried clicking the Windows Update button when you are asked to select the printer? According to Oki it should be there. See:

http://www.oki.co.uk/support/printer/troubleshooting/detail.aspx?id=tcm:122-97417&prodid=tcm:122-4193
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After doing that the Oki Microline 590 Driver does show up, though I've never tried it with that specific driver when it was on xp, instead it's been using the IBM Proprinter III Driver since I got there. I will try it tomorrow and see if it works and then update here.
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You can also try the Generic/Text Only driver
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If you are using Windows 7 Pro or above, you can get the free XP mode, which is really m$'s Virtual PC with an XP Vitual Machine for free, which you would run inside Windows 7, and from there you can run your old application as before under XP, using XP's proprinter driver:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

If you are using a home version of Windows 7, either upgrade to at least Pro, or get a separate retail version of XP Pro (not OEM), and install another hypervisor, like VMware's Workstation, or Oracle's VirtualBox (free), and install XP within that.

Of course all that would only be required if you can't get your software/printer to work directly under Windows 7 with a Windows 7 driver....
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Can try .

Right click on the latest drivers setup file- properties- compatibility- select xp from the list and click ok.

Now install the driver in windows 7 ...reboot system and then check whether the printer works.

Also you can launch device manager- right click on the computer name - click add legacy driver ..point it to the folder where u have extracted the printer driver and complete the installation.



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For future reference, I got it to work using the Epson LQ Series 1 (136) Driver, it worked after I changed the printer to Epson mode via the control panel on it.

Though no one gave me the complete solution, I've awarded points to everyone because each suggestion could work, too.
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