Epson Perfection 2480 Photo: Vista X64 drivers work in Windows XP X64!

Important: please read this post first as it contains important information regarding this post which is a continue.

Update: Epson re-did their homepage, they still kept the downloads like described in the below blog entry. This is the new download location. Thanks for Peter in the comments for pointing this out to me!

As we already know the drivers that work in Windows Vista X64 are very well hidden, I wounder what the reason for this is!

Infact I found out today that the same drivers also work in Windows XP X64!
Do not worry about the language of Epson Scan (driver & twain interface) you are about to download as all packages auto detect the language used and its setup routine will select the language to install which fits the most!

So, get the driver & twain interface package (Epson Scan): Epson Scan (at date: 3.0u)

Interesting though is, that the setup routine acts slightly different in Windows XP X64:

It will run and ask you to select the scanner used. Then it will ask for your permission to install the driver but without telling the device name. During the setup proccess, the setup program puts the driver into the driver catalog of Windows XP X64. Then it will ask you to restart Windows.
Having done this, Windows will say it found a new device and prompt you to select whether you want to search for the driver automatically now. And of course you say YES and let Windows do its job!

During this action, Windows will automatically find the driver and install it after another user prompt asking for permission – and VOILLA; the scanner is installed and works!

Here is the proof!:

I don’t understand why Epson hides the drivers people like me requested and asked for since ages! And Epson is by far not the only one! Another example are drivers for HP printers

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