This morning while tidying up one of my camera cupboards I came across my old Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II film scanner. I'd resigned myself to it becoming unusable when I changed from Windows XP to Windows 7 as drivers were no longer available.
This morning I just wondered what would happen if I plugged it into my Win 8.1 PC. To my amazement it found drivers and installed. Stored with the scanner were the software CDs so I installed the scanner programs. Some software from even more recent times won't install on 8.1.
I found some slide film strips and loaded one into a film holder and after some fiddling managed to scan the strip. It all seems to work. I am quite amazed !! Scanning is slow but I need to experiment with various resolutions to see what's best. There are several scanning programs so I need to learn how to use the scanner to best effect.
On further examination I see that it is a Hamrick supplied driver which must have come with my copy of Vuescan.
Same story here with Nikon Coolscan IV ED. It worked like a charm in Windows XP, no drivers available for W7 or upwards. Internet to the rescue! Some friendly Nikon fan fiddled with the .ini file and - after downloading and overwrite of the original .ini file - it automagically worked!
It also survived the W7 to W10 upgrade - something that really amazes me, knowing the hard times I had before when upgrading a Windows version...
My Coolscan 5 has worked through all the upgrades since XP. Like Rachel I'm using Vuescan (there's a very recent upgrade). If you right click on the exe file you can choose to run as administrator or in earlier OS modes, which helps some older programs. Scanned some 1989 Kodachromes earlier this week.
I use Vuescan, excellent program, no need to use the resident windowa "TWUNK" and other fiddly connection programs. All films can be handled with the many adjustments, but I find direct copying via bellows and enlarger lens faster. Also Kodachromes can need more adjustments when scanning than other films.