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Installing the PIXMA mini260 – Canon Europe drivers under Windows 8.1 x64 – trying to say goodbye to Windows XP

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/23

Ditching Windows XP meant finding drivers for some older devices.

One of them is a [] Canon PIXMA mini260 Photo Inkjet Printer which prints marvellous photos in a borderless way (so no post processing needed).

Installing drivers on Windows 8.1 x64 turned out to be really easy despite the fact that the Canon site does not offer them:  just install the “Windows Vista (64-bit)” drivers from this Canon link: [Wayback] PIXMA mini260 – Canon Europe.

This works as the printer driver model hasn’t changed much since Vista and the Vista drivers do not contain limits on future version numbers (see [Wayback] Getting older Windows drivers to work in Windows 8 for another example).

Now I need to find a way to get my [] Olympus Camedia P-400 Digital Color Photo Printer. That is a lot harder: the most recent Windows P-400 Printer > Software Downloads are for Windows XP.

If anyone knows a workaround for this, I might connect this to an XP VM in a walled garden:

Under Windows XP, often the P-400 driver installer didn’t even want to install the USB part of the drivers.

How can I work around this?

Might it be that only the parallel LPTENUM is included in the [Wayback] Windows XP P400N.inf file, unlike the [Wayback] Windows 2000 driver P400N.INF file that contains both [Wayback] LPTENUM and [Wayback] USBPRINT and the [Wayback] P-440 INF file only has USBPRINT?

Other vendors seem to include both in their .INF files like this [Wayback] Dell 3130cn INF file.



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