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I want to install my Tektronix 560 on windows 10. I have a driver file from win7 but win 10 just keeps looping install printer and won't install it.

Is there a work around?
Does anyone know if one of the newer printer drivers like the 760 will work for this printer?

It does not have a network card. It is hooked up to the LPT port.
 

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Is that a USB printer?
 

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Try launching the installer in compatibility mode.

I doubt win 10 was coded to handle parallel port properly. Most modern pcs don't have parallel port.
 
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A lot of printer companies have not updated their drivers foe Windows 10 for their older printers.

I had two HPs that worked fine under Windows 7. I tried every trick in the book but I would not get them to work under 10.

Sometimes I think it's a conspiracy to just get you to buy a new printer.:vs_mad::biggrin2:
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Sometimes I think it's a conspiracy to just get you to buy a new printer.
It is and goes far beyond printers.

They want all software/hardware replaced every few years to get a constant revenue stream.

Win 10 and new software/hardware have no advantages for the typical user over the older stuff.
 

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Try launching the installer in compatibility mode.

I doubt win 10 was coded to handle parallel port properly. Most modern pcs don't have parallel port.
How do get compatibility mode?

Manual install mode let's me select a LPT port for install. It let's me install from disk which I have the win drivers. However it doesn't install anything. It just keep repeating select file and install.
 

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Win 10 and new software/hardware have no advantages for the typical user over the older stuff.
The main reason I am updating is Turbo tax won't install on win 7. Say it is too dangerous.
 

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^I read that this year's turbo tax will still install on windows 7 but it isn't officially supported.



If all fails, you can duel boot 10/7 or run 7 primarily with 10 as a virtual machine for turbotax.

You need plenty of ram to do virtual machine well, at least 8gb. I tried it with 4gb and it was very slow.

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On the earlier versions of windows, you right click on the executable and hit properties and there's a compatibility tab.

Win 10 may be different.

This is not for manually putting in drivers.

How do get compatibility mode?

Manual install mode let's me select a LPT port for install. It let's me install from disk which I have the win drivers. However it doesn't install anything. It just keep repeating select file and install.
Does the printer support plug and play?

Are you trying to put in the right file when doing it manually? usually, it's an inf.

Are you sure the parallel port is actually working in windows 10? Do you have another ltp1 device you can test?
 

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The main reason I am updating is Turbo tax won't install on win 7. Say it is too dangerous.
I don't trust the bastards with my personal financial data, but you could use the online version of TurboTax.

The basic filing functions are free.
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I don't trust them to not have my data. I will only do my taxes on MY PC.


Does the printer support plug and play?

Are you trying to put in the right file when doing it manually? usually, it's an inf.

Are you sure the parallel port is actually working in windows 10? Do you have another ltp1 device you can test?
The printer is a Tectronix Phaser 560. I don't think it is plug and play.
The .inf file has the 540 in its list.
Don't know if the LPT: is working in win 10. I know it works in win 7. I used the printer last week. I will check the DEVICES tomorrow.
 

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That printer is from the 90s - the driver could have 16 bit code in it.

Are you running windows 10 32 or 64? Did you by any chance run win 7 32 and now run 10/64?
 

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Yet that printer will likely outlast anything you can purchase today.

I say dual boot with 7 and keep the printer.
 

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You also have the option below:

You can print your tax form to a PDF file in Windows 10. Then save the file onto a USB stick. This is just about the same as a paper copy except you can't print to paper in Win 10 if you uprade. Or, if you trust the Cloud, you can save your PDF file onto a free Cloud backup service like Evernote. The Cloud is better in some respects because it's off-site for example, away from thieves, disasters, and the like.


But I would also consider Dan's idea above, try to install Turbo Tax onto Win 7 and see what happens.


What version is your Turbo Tax?
 

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Theres actually another way to install drivers...

Which by passes 'windows'

Its been awhile since I have had to do this (years)

but in the disc, you should have a bunch of files... .sys IIRC... right click > install

You can also do this with .inf files as well...

Might get some bullsh!t msgs about compatibility... hell windows might even jump up and down and scream, you can tell windows 10 to fawk off under user accounts, set notifications to 'allow everything'

just once installed make sure you reset windows user account settings back to default

Also there is NO reason current Gen hardware wont work on windows 7, its just M$ wants EVERYONE on windows 10. So they paid off the hardware vendors to only support windows 10 going forward.
 

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Looks like I might be hosed. Apparently windows 10 version 1903 does not support parallel ports.
 

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Looks like I might be hosed. Apparently windows 10 version 1903 does not support parallel ports.
lol honestly just roll it back to 7 for now and install turbo tax since djlandkpl says it will work.

win 10 is a shtshow especially if you need to run older hardware. the industry wants u to go out and buy a new printer u don't need.

u can try a usb to parallel adapter but honestly it's not worth it - later on you would dual boot, run 7 for the stuff that won't run on 10.

I do the same thing but with windows xp and 7 to use an older scanner.
 

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Have you considered a USB to LPT adapter?

Does the printer have the optional network card?


From an Internet search:
Just saw a reply to a 5100 printer connected to lpt under windows 10 which failed with upgrade. User was able to get it working by going into lpt port properties and telling it to use any interrupt assigned to the port. This may be the solution users with windows 10 using parallel port on computer may need if printer stops working after upgrade. The setting is usually under device manager where you scroll down to ports and left click and then right click on the lpt port being used and hit properties and they click on port settings and make the change. It may or may not work but worth a try if all else fails. Also applies to windows 10 64 bit.
 

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You can add legacy hardware (aka LPT/parallel port) through windows 10 settings.
 
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