Why can't my scanner work in Windows 8?

Episode 1192 (10:59)

Bret from New Jersey

Bret has an old scanner that he can't get to work with Windows 8. It looks like Canon doesn't have any new drivers for it, nor does Microsoft. How can he get it to work in Windows? Leo says that the Windows 8 driver isn't much different than Windows 7, and there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to install the Windows 7 driver. A TWAIN driver is generic, and if the scanner supports TWAIN, he may be able to use that.

ScanSoft is scanning software that drives TWAIN scanners. VueScan works. IrfanView is free and has drivers built in. But for the price of the software, he may as well buy a new scanner.