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Nikon Scan 4 and Windows 7

Scott Murphy , Aug 07, 2010; 12:02 p.m.

Has anyone out there had any success using Nikon Scan 4 and Windows 7? I just got a new computer and the files I had for NS4, when attempted to be installed, tell me that NS4 will not work with this OS.

Does anyone know if this has been fixed? I cannot find anything on Nikon's site or anywhere else for that matter.

Thanks

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Juergen Sattleru , Aug 07, 2010; 02:37 p.m.

It's a scandal - really. I am in the same boat. I don't understand how Nikon can sell scanners that won;t work with the latest OS. You can use Vuescan instead of Nikonscan, but really that should not be the case,

Michael Bradtke , Aug 07, 2010; 02:52 p.m.

Scott
I have a problem very much like yours but different. I use XP 64 on my computer and Nikon never wrote drivers for there scanners for that OS. The work around that I found was to install viewscan with its drivers. Then I could install Nikon scan and it would work off of the viewscan drivers. Might work with Win 7.
I kind of remember hearing something about a XP emulator in Win7 if that is the case cant you run Nikon Scan through that?

Robert Budding , Aug 07, 2010; 03:38 p.m.

It is my understanding that Nikon will support Nikon Scan on Win 7 64. In the meantime, try one of the workarounds that are available:

http://www.colorneg.com/nikonscan64.html?lang=en

Kelly Flanigan , Aug 07, 2010; 04:54 p.m.

Both Nikon and Canon stopped making dedicated film scanners, The last Nikon scanner I got was this spring; a Nikon 9000 built in 2009. Peak buying of film scanners occurred a decade ago; so did dialup modems and CRT's too.

Windows 7 came out after Nikon and Canon stopped making film scanners; thus having issues to make them work with the latest OS is quite normal.

It really has always been this way with scanners. Here I had DOS scan wands in the mid 1980's; a 35mm slide scanner in 1989. Driver support gets harder as time goes on; to make it work in uncharted waters requires futzing by somebody.

This is really nothing new; it existed in the DOS era. Some of my DOS scanners never would run under windows; even with massive futzing; PIF files.

Here in professional scanning for the public; I tend to use just an older OS that works with scanners. The newer OS usually buys one nothing; can be slower; often has issues; often requires all sorts of futzing. Since amateurs have gobs of time; then can try to get a 1999 Nikon scanner running on Windows 8; or Apple Lion in 2012. Here I often just use old win2000 or XP and press on; having spent many many man months with futzing.

The new old stock Nikon 9000 came out about 8 years ago; 7.5 years ago it supported

win98/win98se/me/NT4/2000/XP

Windows 7 is two more OS's past XP; remember VISTA?

Richard Williams , Aug 07, 2010; 05:01 p.m.

'I kind of remember hearing something about a XP emulator in Win7 if that is the case cant you run Nikon Scan through that?'

Might be worth a try, but it's only included in Win7 if you have Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
Other VM packages are available, but you'll need a separate copy of XP to run on them.

Curt Wiler , Aug 07, 2010; 06:38 p.m.

A search on photo.net using the exact title of this posting will uncover many pages of success stories - trust me, the work-arounds when done correctly do work. Nikon Scan runs perfectly under Win 7 64-bit using the simple driver patch described.

Robert Budding , Aug 07, 2010; 06:50 p.m.

"Both Nikon and Canon stopped making dedicated film scanners, The last Nikon scanner I got was this spring; a Nikon 9000 built in 2009. Peak buying of film scanners occurred a decade ago; so did dialup modems and CRT's too."

Not true. The CS9000 ED is still listed on Nikon's web site. Also several people have posted on Flikr that they've very recently purchased new Nikon scanners. Availability is spotty, though, as Nikon makes them in batches.

People have been claiming fr several years that Nikon scanners are out o production - but no one from Nikon has made an official announcement.

Les Sarile , Aug 07, 2010; 07:24 p.m.

Haven't tried it myself but you might want to check this out - Getting a Nikon Scanner to Run on 64-bit Vista

Alan Peed , Aug 07, 2010; 11:26 p.m.

It's a scandal - really. I am in the same boat. I don't understand how Nikon can sell scanners that won;t work with the latest OS.

The situation is that when an accessory device is put on market, the device mfgr makes drivers and high level software for existing OS's, not for non-existant OS's (ie, future OS's). When that scanner was marketed, Win 7 was still in the future.

The device mfgr makes a business decision whether or not to produce a new set of low-level drivers that will plug into the new OS, in this case, Win 7. And the high-level software developers make decisions on whether or not to convert their progs to run on new OS's.

In order to run your old scanner on your new OS pc, you have to get a new set of scanner drivers from the mfgr, and those drivers have to be the right ones for that model scanner and written for that new OS. That's the first piece. Then you have to get a high level scanner app that is compatible with the new OS. That's the second piece.

A work-around is to set up a 2nd pc as a dedicated scan-station, let it run the (good) old OS, install the old scanner and old software on it, and use it to scan the pics. Save the images to the hard drive, copy them to a 4GB (or larger) flash-drive (thumb-drive) and then transfer them to the main PC running the new OS. More work, I know, but it will allow you to keep using your existing scanner for now.


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