Windows 7: How to install an Epson printer using the Driver Update Service

With the launch of Windows 7, a number of older devices will not have compatible drivers on the original CD that came with the product. However, a driver may be available via the internet. This article explains how to use the built-in Windows 7 update feature to install the most recent driver for your product.


Check the Epson website if a driver is available for your product.

  1. Power on your printer or All-In-One and connect it to your computer via a USB cable. A notification box will appear in the system tray at the bottom right hand corner to inform you that a new device has been found.
  2. Click on the Start button followed by Devices and Printers, as shown below:

  3. You will next be presented with a list of installed printers. Right-click on the printer labelled Epson ESC/P-R or Epson ESC/P Standard then left-click on Printing Preferences in the menu that appears.
  4. On the new window that opens, click on the option that says Update to Latest Version.

  5. Next, you will be asked to confirm that is OK to connect to the internet to check for driver updates. Click OK to continue.

  6. The software will now go online to check for the latest driver. If successful, a screen will appear informing you that a new driver has been found. Click on Yes to begin downloading the update.

  7. The driver download will now begin. Once complete, the window below will appear confirming this. Click OK to continue.

  8. On the new window that opens, ensure the correct printer name is displayed and then click OK to proceed.

  9. Accept the licence agreement to continue.

  10. Select the geographical area that corresponds to your location, then click OK to continue.

  11. On the next screen, click Install.

  12. When prompted by the screen below, ensure that the printer is powered on and connected to the computer via USB. If the printer is not detected refer to article: Troubleshooting Printer-related Communication Issues in Windows.

  13. Finally, a message will appear informing you that installation is complete. Click OK to conclude the installation process.