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Epson LQ 570e and LQ 590 with Windows 7 64 bit

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I am upgrading a client from Windows XP to Windows 7 64 bit. There are 4 workstations and a server that share 2 Epson impact printers. LQ 590 and LQ 570e. There are no available driver downloads at all for windows 7. Will the vista 64 bit drivers work? Other forums lead me to believe that Windows Update should find them, but I'm not certain. Will my clients need to buy 2 new impact printers?

If so, can you recommend good impact printers?  The best option would be to have the old impact printers work with Windows 7, but a backup idea is always good.
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Yes, it is possible that Vista drivers will work. Just give a try, if it will work you do not need to spend money for new printers if you do not have any other reason than driver compatibility
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You can try adding the printer in add legacy hardware and select the XP/VISTA drivers to proceed please give a try on it.

1.Select Add Legacy Hardware2.Add HardwarePlease select the advanced option
3.Advanced4.Select Printer
And proceed further.

Regards, Shiva
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by:John Hurst
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I use Windows Update to get drivers for printers if the manufacturer does not provide them. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not work.

That said, the Windows 8 has no Windows drivers for the printers above.

To see if you can get drivers on your Windows 7 machine, do the following:  

Open Devices and Printers, Add a Printer, Local Printer, Existing Connection and Next.  See the Windows Printer Update button beside Have Disk. Run the Update. This takes a while. Do not add the printer at this point. Once the update is done, cancel out, restart and then try adding the printer.

The printer is probably too old at this point, and I have not seen any impact printers recently.  So then (a) you probably need to eliminate the need for impact printers and (b) you may be able to use XP Mode for Windows 7 (free from Microsoft) and run the printer in XP mode.
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by:SandeepWalve
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Hi

Yes Vista Drivers should be fine for these two printers. Try to update the drivers manually.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732946.aspx
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Figured it out!  Took a Windows 7 64 bit machine out there and hooked it up.  We had to manually enable the parallel port in Device Manager and it automatically installed and printed.  Thanks for your help!
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Printer works.
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by:JoesCat
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I realize it's been a couple of years now, but just in case anyone needs this info:

I had to connect two Epson LQ-590 printers to a Windows 8 machine.  Native drivers for Epson LQ-590 ESC/P v4 work fine.  Not the one that indicates "Standard".

I tried drivers online touted to be for Windows 8, they are not recognized in Win8 as valid drivers for that O/S.
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