I have a Epson 1640SU photo scanner. I bought it some years ago for a few hundred euros. It's in mint condition.
When I purchased it I was using WinXP. The software+drivers was then downloadable from Epson's website, for free.
Then I upgraded to Vista Ultimate. The software+drivers was downloadable from Epson's website, but it cost $30. OK, I paid it.
Now, I have upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. The software+drivers are NO LONGER supplied by Epson. They suggest that customers using the 1640SU scanner use VueScan Epson Perfection 1640SU Scanner Driver and Software https://www.hamrick.com/reg.html
VueScan is asking $40 for a one year license and $80 for a "lifetime" license.
Since I will definitely upgrade to Win8 Ultimate I am hesitant to purchase the $40 license because I might find myself, ONCE AGAIN
, not having the software+drivers I need for the scanner when I make the upgrade. And $80 for a "lifetime" license does set well with me.
I don't use the scanner much but there are situations when its needed.
I have a 2nd internal 1TB hdd that is empty. I think to make a small partition on it and install Vista x64. Since I have the Vista software+drivers for the scanner that would save me $40-$80. I could use the same work-a-around when I upgrade to Win8.
What do you think?