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Epson and Windows Vista: How is my product supported in Windows Vista?


  • Availability of drivers for Windows Vista


Windows Vista is a version of Microsoft Windows released in January 2007. Epson is committed to supporting Vista and is continually developing Applications and Device drivers across our range of digital imaging products to comply with Microsoft's new global standards.

Vista supports many Epson products right out of the box, with drivers included with the operating system and available through Microsoft's Windows Update service. In addition to which we have released a range of driver updates which have been posted on our Support websites (depending on the product).

Models that were released after 1st June 2007 are supplied with a CD-ROM containing Vista-compatible driver/s and software, so they will work "out of the box". If your Epson product was not released after 1st June 2007, DO NOT INSERT YOUR EPSON PRODUCT SOFTWARE CD IN YOUR WINDOWS VISTA COMPUTER because the setup program is not compatible with Windows Vista.


If you already have ArcSoft PhotoImpression™ 5 installed on your Windows Vista computer, you may need to install a "patch" program. Go to the ArcSoft website to download and install the patch.

Please refer to the following tables to find out how your product will be supported.


Inbox Inbox drivers are supplied with the operating system and can be installed via the Windows Vista "Add a printer" wizard. There are two types of Inbox driver:
Inbox (M) ESC/P 2
Inbox (M) drivers will provide most features that an Epson driver does and will allow you to monitor your ink levels.

Inbox (M) drivers include some familiar features such as a borderless (no margins) page layout setting, and various print quality, paper and page layout options.
ESC/P 2 drivers are Windows universal drivers (Unidrv). An ESC/P 2 driver offers printing functionality, but has limited print quality, paper, and page layout options and no ink level monitoring.
Windows Update Drivers labelled Windows Update are not supplied with the operating system, but are available via the Microsoft Windows Update Service in Windows Vista.

Some All-In-One products are supported with a printer driver via Microsoft Windows Update, and supported with a Windows Vista version of Epson Scan which is available to download from the Epson support website.

For instructions see "Windows Vista: Installing an inbox printer driver through Windows Update" in the Related Articles section.
Download Download and install the latest Windows Vista driver from the Epson website.
CD Drivers compatible with Windows Vista are available on the CD supplied with your product. The latest drivers can also be downloaded from the Epson website.
Products with no Vista support If your product is not listed, it is not supported in Windows Vista and no drivers are available. You may be able to install the Windows XP driver. See below for more information.

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Laser Printers and Multifunction Lasers

Model Printer driver Epson Scan
AcuLaser 2600, C1000, C1100, C1900
C2000, C2600
AcuLaser C3000
AcuLaser C4000, C4100, C4200
AcuLaser C8500, C8600
AcuLaser C900, C9100

EPL-5700, EPL-5800, EPL-5900, EPL-6100, EPL-6100L, EPL-6200, EPL-6200L, EPL-C8200
EPL-N2000, EPL-N2050, EPL-N2050+, EPL-N2700, EPL-N2750, EPL-N3000, EPL-N4000, EPL-N4000+, EPL-N7000
Inbox n/a
AcuLaser C2800, C9200

AcuLaser M2000, M4000, M8000

CD n/a
AcuLaser C3800N Download n/a
AcuLaser CX11, CX21 Download Download
AcuLaser C1600 CD n/a
AcuLaser CX16 / CX16NF series CD CD

Inkjet Printers

Model Printer driver
B-300, B-310N, B-500DN, B-510DN


PictureMate 260 (PM 260), PictureMate 290 (PM 290)

Stylus D120, C110

Stylus S20, S21, S22, T21, T26, T27

Stylus Office B1100, B40W, T1100, T40W

Stylus Photo P50

Stylus Photo R1900, R285, R2880, R290
PictureMate, PictureMate 500

Stylus C20, C40, C41, C42, C43, C44, C45, C46, C50, C60, C61, C62, C63, C64, C65, C66, C67, C70, C80, C82, C83, C84, C85, C86, C87, C88

Stylus Color 880

Stylus D68, D88, D88+

Stylus Photo 1290, 1290S, 780, 785EPX, 790, 810, 820, 825, 830, 830U, 890, 895, 900, 915, 925, 935

Stylus Photo R200, R210, R300, R310, R320
Inbox (M)
Stylus Color 1160, 1520, 200, 3000, 400, 440, 460, 600, 640, 660, 670, 680, 740, 760, 777, 800, 850, 860, 900, 980

Stylus Photo 1200, 1270, 2000P, 700, 720, 750, 870, EX, EX3
Inbox ESC/P 2
Stylus C48 Windows Update
PictureMate 100, PictureMate 240, PictureMate 280

Stylus C91

Stylus D78, Stylus D92

Stylus Photo 1400, 1410, 2100 (Vista 32-bit only), 950 (Vista 32-bit only)

Stylus Photo R1800, R220, R240, R2400, R245, R265, R270, R340, R360, R390, R800

Multifunction Inkjet Printers

Model Printer driver Epson Scan
Stylus CX3700, CX3900, CX4100, CX4700, CX4900, CX5900, CX6900F

Stylus DX3800, DX3850, DX4000, DX4050, DX4200, DX4250, DX4800, DX4850, DX5000, DX5050, DX6000, DX6050, DX7000F

Stylus Photo RX520, RX560, RX590, RX640, RX700
Download Download
Stylus CX3100, CX3200, CX3500, CX3600, CX3650, CX5200, CX5400, CX6400, CX6600

Stylus Photo RX420, RX425, RX430, RX500, RX510, RX600, RX610, RX620
Windows Update Download
Stylus DX4400, DX4450, DX7400, DX7450, DX8400, DX8450, DX9400F

Stylus SX100, SX105, SX110, SX115, SX125, SX200, SX205, SX210, SX215, SX218, SX400, SX405, SX410, SX415, SX420W, SX425W, SX510W, SX515W, SX525WD, SX600FW, SX610FW, SX620FW

Stylus Office BX300F, BX305F, BX310FN, BX320FW, BX525WD, BX600FW, BX610FW, BX625FWD

Stylus Photo PX650, PX660 PX700W, PX710W, PX800FW, PX810FW, PX720WD, PX820FWD

Stylus Photo RX585, RX685

Large Format Printers

Model Printer Driver
Stylus Pro 10600, 3800, 4000, 4400, 4800, 7400, 7600, 7800, 9400, 9600, 9800, 9600 Download
Stylus Pro 11880, 3880, 4450, 4880, 7450, 7700, 7880, 7990, 9450, 9700, 9880, 9900 CD


Model Epson Scan
Perfection V200, V30, V300, V500, V600

GT-1500, GT-20000, GT-S50, GT-S50N, GT-S80, GT-S80N
Expression 10000XL, 1600, 1640XL, 1680


GT-9600, GT-12000, GT-10000, GT-10000+, GT-15000, GT-2500, GT-30000

Perfection 640, Perfection 1240, Perfection 1250, Perfection 1260, Perfection 1270, Perfection 1640, Perfection 1650, Perfection 1660, Perfection 1670, Perfection 2400, Perfection 2450, Perfection 2480, Perfection 2580, Perfection 3170, Perfection 3200, Perfection 3490, Perfection 3590, Perfection 4180, Perfection 4490, Perfection 4870, Perfection 4990

Perfection V10, V100, V350, V700, V750

Dot Matrix

Model Printer driver

PLQ-20*, PLQ-20D*
DFX-5000, DFX-5000+, DFX-8000, DFX-8500

DLQ-3000, DLQ-3000+, DLQ-3500

FX-1170, FX-1180, FX-1180+, FX-2170, FX-2180, FX-2190, FX-880, FX-880+, FX-890, FX-980

LQ-1150, LQ-2070, LQ-2080, LQ-2090, LQ-300, LQ-300+, LQ-570+, LQ-570e, LQ-580, LQ-590, LQ-630, LQ-670, LQ-680, LQ-680 pro, LQ-870

LX-1170, LX-300, LX-300+
Inbox ESC/P 2

Inbox (M) drivers - inkjet

To access Ink Monitor open Control Panel, and then Printers. The correct printer model will show in this window. Right-click on the printer and select Printing Preferences, then left-click the Ink Level button.

For more information on inbox drivers, see the following article - the link is available in the "Related Articles" section: What is the difference between Epson and Windows Vista inbox drivers?.

ESC/P 2 inbox drivers

These drivers allow basic print functions, but do not feature ink level monitoring and all print quality or paper options.

Products with no Vista support

Some models will not be supported by Windows Vista due to change in technology and low demand.

For older Epson printers, the Windows XP driver can be installed if a Windows Vista driver is not available from either the Epson website or from within Vista.

Notes Icon Note:

Epson neither advocates nor supports this solution, however the following support article is available should you experience issues installing the driver in Vista: How do I solve the problem where the Epson installation program crashes in Windows Vista? - the link is available in the Related Articles section at the top-right of this article.

  • For very old printers, a Windows 2000/XP driver is not available and therefore the product cannot be used (e.g. Stylus Color 300).

  • The Status Monitor will not operate in Vista, therefore ink level and printer status monitoring is not available. For products that rely on Status Monitor for status, ink monitoring and ink cartridge replacement (e.g. the Stylus Color 480SXU and Color 580SXU), this is a significant problem. As a result, we only recommend using your product on specified supported operating systems where full driver support is available.

Support using Windows Vista

For further support using your product in Windows Vista, please see the "Related Articles" section at the top-right of this article for a selection of support FAQs. You can also search the Epson Knowledge Base FAQs by using the search box in the "Online Support and Manuals" section of the Support website - enter your search terms as you would with any search engine, to keep it simple we suggest entering "Vista" (click the "Find" button to perform the search).

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