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Technical Discussions => Printers => Topic started by: TerryW on February 23, 2021, 10:52:24 PM

Title: Running epson 7600 in windows 10
Post by: TerryW on February 23, 2021, 10:52:24 PM
I have finally gotten my new computer sort of set up. Now I find all the issues that kept me from upgrading my win 7 machine to win 10.

After some help here I got my qimage ultimate transferred over to the new machine and I find I no longer have a driver for my epson 7600.

After lots of trial and error still not able to load a driver to the new computer. I have read that there is no driver for win 10 but I have also read
that some folks have found work arounds and are able to load the driver. I have not been able to find anything specific to try.

So any help or links to info would be greatly appreciated.

I have a 9900 that has given me more trouble than it's worth and the 7600 never let me down. That is one reason I want to keep it going. Another is I print film  negatives
for sandcarving and this printer has produce the best results out all the printers I have tried. Last but not least, covid has hit hard and there is no budget this year for a new printer that would not get used enough to keep from getting head clogs.

So again, any help would be  greatly appreciated.

Title: Re: Running epson 7600 in windows 10
Post by: admin on February 23, 2021, 11:02:37 PM
The advise I have seen is to download the XP driver and install it in compatibility mode.  I don't know anyone personally who has ever gotten that running correctly.  And later versions of Windows 10 may not even allow you to install a driver that is not digitally signed.  I found this thread on the topic:



Title: Re: Running epson 7600 in windows 10
Post by: TerryW on February 24, 2021, 01:22:26 AM
Thanks for the input.

Yes, I have turned off the signing requirements and tried the vista and xp drivers with no luck.

I know with my vinyl cutter some rips offer compatibility. I wonder if a RIP would work or maybe my printer should just RIP??

Right now I have to save down a version in my design program as the latest version will not work with win 7 so I save down, transfer to the old computer and print. Not ideal by any means.

if the 9900 didn't have so many issues I would just get rid of the 7600.

Thanks again for the tips.

Title: Re: Running epson 7600 in windows 10_ solved for me
Post by: Phil Stedman on February 24, 2022, 10:30:26 AM
I had the same problem. Been running windows 7 with epson stylus pro 7600 for years. Computer died and new machine is Win 10. I nearly gave up but this morning I have a working windows 10 machine communicating very happily with my ancient 7600. Just did a nozzle check via the driver and a test graphic via Qimage.

My 7600 is connected directly to a USB port on my computer.

My windows version is Win 10 pro and if it helps the OS build is 19042.1526.

The driver I am using is the XP 64 driver from the epson website (v5.5e)
After unzipping the driver package, I found the SETUP application file located in the setup folder. Right click on this file, select "properties" and then select the "compatibility tab" .
In the compatibility tab tick the box that says "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and then select "Windows XP (service pack 2)". I also ticked the "Run this program as an administrator",  click apply and then click OK.

Running the setup program at this point will not work.  Believe me I tried.  It looks like its working and installs 2 completely useless icons in the devices and printers window.

First you need to turn off printer signing enforcement. I did this using the one time "Advanced Boot Menu" method described here:


Having done that I made sure the printer was connected but not turned on.

I then ran the setup application (as administrator just to be sure!).

Choose whether you want to install a 7600 or 9600

I then received a message that the driver was not signed and chose the option to install anyway.
(This repeated once, possibly twice memory fails me, sorry!)

There is then a prompt to plug in and switch on the printer and after a short while (I thought it was going to be yet another fail!) you should have a working printer driver installed and the printer connected.

Seriously, I was at the point of wondering whether I should scrap windows 10 and hope I could wrestle win 7 onto the new machine or completely scrap the 7600.
Happy days...

I hope this helps someone else still keeping a 7600 or 9600 going..great machines

All the best..Phil

Title: Re: Running epson 7600 in windows 10
Post by: admin on February 24, 2022, 01:20:10 PM
Just wanted to thank you for stopping by and outlining the solution!  I'm sure it will help others who have held on to their 7600.  I still have mine!  It doesn't work (eternally clogged and in the garage now)... but I have it.  :)


Title: Re: Running epson 7600 in windows 10
Post by: Phil Stedman on February 24, 2022, 02:19:00 PM
Hi Mike,

My pleasure, I hope it helps someone out.
Re your clogged 7600, mine was in a similar condition when I bought it (for very little ) about 5 years ago. Poor thing was mouldering in a cold garage and hadn't seen the light of day for a very long time. One or two of the ink tubes were completely blocked. Unhooked these from the print head end, adapted an old cartridge so that I could push warm water through the blocked tubes using a syringe. A new set of refillable ink carts and ink from Colourbest, some magic bullet on the docking station for a few hours followed by a couple of power cleans and perfect printing..all nozzles clear.
Has been working fine ever since...(touching wood frantically)
Like I said, great machines.

All the best