Scanning on Windows 11 with my trusty CanoScan LiDE 100
Scanning on Windows 11 with my trusty CanoScan LiDE 100

Although officially the Canon CanoScan LiDE 100 scanner is not supported on Windows 10 or on Windows 11, I have found that it is fully functional. This article describes the versions of Windows I have tested the scanner with along with any observations.

Quick Summary

Windows Version Bitness Supported?
Windows 11 (21H2) 64bit Yes1
Windows 10 (21H2) 64bit Yes1
Windows 10 (21H1) 64bit Yes1
Windows 10 (20H2) 64bit Yes1
Windows 10 (2004) 64bit Yes1
Windows 10 (1909) 64bit Yes
Windows 10 (1903) 64bit Yes
Windows 10 (1809) 64bit Yes
Windows 7 Home N 32bit Yes
  1. A recent Windows Update disables Device Manager from being able to install drivers, see Installing on Windows 10 2004 and above for information on using Windows Update to install the driver

Notes

  • The scanner is fully supported via WIA without needing any additional software installation, bar the driver
  • In order for the scanner hardware buttons to work (Copy, Scan, Pdf, E-mail) you will need to install the MP Navigator EX software (the Windows 8.1 version works fine on Windows 10 and is bloat free). With that said, I've only tested the PDF functionality and not anything else. Thank you to commentator Gerard for notifying me this software worked. Note I have currently only tested this software on Windows 10 1909 and Windows 10 20H2
  • I have done limited testing with the TWAIN API using Windows 10 20H2

Installing on Windows 11

I have tested the below process using a fresh installation of Windows 11 Pro (21H2) on a Surface Pro 6. These steps also work for the CanoScan LiDE 220, something which is supported in Windows 11 but again, no automatic driver installation.

  • Make sure the scanner is plugged in
  • Open the Settings application
  • Click Windows Update from the sidebar
  • Click Check for updates
  • When the check completes, click Advanced Options
  • Scroll down the Additional Options section and click Optional Updates
  • Expand Driver Updates
  • Check Canon - Scanner - CanoScan LiDE 100
  • Click Download and Install

The end of the article shows some screenshots of the installation process.

Installing on Windows 10 2004 and above

I recently picked up another Surface Pro 2 from eBay and thought I would test the scanner on this with a fresh install of Windows. I installed 21H1 and plugged the scanner in but noted that it did not initialise and checking Device Manager showed the device was detected, but no driver was installed. The following steps let me use the scanner again

  • Make sure the scanner is plugged in
  • Open the Settings application
  • Click Update & Security
  • Click Check for updates
  • When the check completes, a new View optional updates link should be displayed - click this
  • Expand the Driver updates node
  • Check the Canon - Scanner - CanoScan LiDE 100 option
  • Click Download and install

After a few minutes your scanner should whirr into life. I tested using paint.net and had no trouble scanning an image. So although it is not as easy as it used to be, thank you Microsoft for introducing such an unnecessary step, it is still usable on the latest versions.

Updates

Date Change
2022-06-23 Installed Windows 11 21H2 on a Surface Pro 6. After installing driver, scanner worked fine
2022-05-14 Installed 21H2 as a fresh install on a Surface Pro 2. Scanner is working fine, but driver did not automatically install
2021-05-25 Installed 21H1 as a fresh install on a Surface Pro 2. Scanner is working fine, but driver did not automatically install
2021-04-17 Upgraded my Surface Pro 2 from 2004 to 20H2 and scanner is working fine
2020-11-22 Updated formatting
2020-08-15 Upgraded my Surface Pro 2 from 1909 to 2004 and scanner is working fine
2020-03-29 Updated to cover the MP Navigator EX software
2019-11-14 I just updated my Surface Pro 2 from 1903 to 1909 and the scanner is working fine
2019-11-06 The 2019-09-26 update erroneously listed the version as 1703 but it was 1903 I tested with
2019-09-26 Added Windows 10 1903 after trying the scanner in my Surface 2 Pro
2019-09-04 Initial release of article

Background (original from article published in 2019)

The drivers page for the Canon CanoScan LiDE 100 scanner states that the scanner is not supported in Windows 10 (either 32 or 64 bit). As far as Canon is concerned, it is officially supported from Windows 2000 to Windows 8.1, and also on OS X 10.5 - 10.10. Despite this, it works fine on Windows 10.

Even though no drivers are available to download, I recently plugged one of these scanners into my Windows 10 x64 desktop (version 1809). To my surprise, Windows Update kicked in and download a set of drivers and then the scanner was partially operational.

What do I mean by partial? I was able to scan using the Windows Image Acquisition framework (WIA) from several applications. However, none of the buttons on the front of the scanner are operational - when viewing the properties of the device the properties page states that no applications are registered that can use the buttons. For me, this isn't a problem as I generally only scan pictures and so far haven't needed any OCR facilities.

I'm posting this as I wasn't actually expecting the scanner to work. This is the second flatbed scanner I've bought over the long years, the first one was in the Windows 9x era (also a Canon) and, if memory serves, the scanner simply didn't work with Windows NT and so once I'd moved onto Windows 2000 it was an unusable brick.

I bought this scanner second hand from eBay and based on Canon's website and my personal experience of that previous scanner, I assumed that it wouldn't work with my Windows 10 machines. While waiting for it to be delivered I dug out an old and frankly not very good netbook and stuck Windows 7 on it. While the scanner worked absolutely fine with this, I decided that I wanted to write a quick tool for performing chain scanning with as few user actions as possible. Given that trying to do real work with that netbook is not feasible, I plugged the scanner into my desktop in the slim hope it would work so I could develop my tool. Happily for me, it did!

As long as I have this scanner and Windows 10 I'll test it again with each new Windows 10 upgrade and will update this post if the compatibility status changes.

Printers & scanners listing the LiDE 100The Scanners and Cameras dialog listing the LiDE 100The WIA CanoScan LiDE 100 scanner properties dialogAfter plugging in the scanner, Windows 11 recognised the scanner but didn't install itAfter checking for updates an update was found - but hiddenWhen clicking Advanced Options, we can now see an optional update is availableFinally when drilling into Optional Updates, the scanner driver is ready to installDriver installationDriver installation complete - and Device Manager is showing the scanner properlyTesting the scanner using WIAThe scanned image

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Comments

# Karen

So, does the Cano Scan Lide 100 work with Windows 10? I have to upgrade to Windows 10 and I am worried my scanner will no longer work. I am currently using Windows 7.

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# Richard Moss

Hello,

Yes, the scanner works with Windows 10 (at least on the two versions that I have personally tested with (64bit versions of 1809 and 1903 (there was an error in the blog article which originally said 1703)), with the caveat that the hardware buttons on the scanner do not seem to work. Over the last two months I've scanned just a touch under 2000 items using Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2. Any application that uses the WIA method (which I believe is most applications these days) should work absolutely fine, I'm not so sure about older applications that only support TWAIN.

I've only used the scanner for scanning images of things, I haven't tested with OCR as I haven't had a need.

I don't run insider builds so I haven't tested 1909 yet, but I'll update this post when it is generally available and I've updated one of my devices to use it.

Hope this helps!

Regards;
Richard Moss

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# valerie

bonjour /hello I've read your post -and it makes me more optimistic -because I have for scans this "CanoScan LiDE 100" and of course it works very well on my old pc /WIN7. But I've a more update PC -in order to use WIN10 if necessary: I've bougth, 2 y ago, a laptop /WIN10 -64bits (exactly this one: HP 14-ac104nf); and I want to instal the scanner LIDE100 on, so I go to the site of Canon: and what a bad surprise!: no driver exits for WIN10 ! -they say...

perhaps you could tell me the best driver for my laptop? and where I could get it? what site?

Richard, thank you in advance for any information about that problem best regards

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# Richard Moss

Bonjour Valerie!

Thanks for the question. In my case the answer is simple - I didn't manually install a driver. I just plugged the scanner in and Windows itself took care of installing an appropriate driver via Windows update. So my suggestion would be to plug the scanner into your laptop via USB and give it a few minutes for the driver to automatically install, at which point you should be good to go.

Alternatively, you could download the 64bit Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista driver package from Canon https://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/products/scanners/lide_series/canoscan_lide_100.html?type=drivers&language=en&os=windows%208.1%20(64-bit) and install that directly but given that Windows correctly installed a driver on two different computer systems I've tested I suspect it would automatically work you too in your laptop.

Regards;
Richard Moss

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# Gerard

As an addition, I am currently running Windows 10 version 1909 and it is no problem to get the Canoscan Lide 100 to work as ever in Windows 7. When plugging in the scanner Windows 10 automatically installs a perfectly working driver. On the software page of Canon just ignore the statement that Windows 10 is not supported (which might be true, but nevertheless it is working fine) and choose Windows 8.1 64-bit in the OS dropdown selection list. Then download MP Navigator EX and install. It installs properly and it works no different than it did using Windows 7. Even the buttons on the front of the scanner are working as intended.

Maybe Canon would like to sell us new scanners but this simple one suits my needs more than sufficient. I am glad to continue using it on Windows 10.

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# Richard Moss

Gerard,

Thank you for taking the time to comment! I don't usually bother installing extra software, but as Canon doesn't have as much bloat as HP I gave it a test and can confirm that MP Navigator EX works perfectly fine on Windows 10 version 1909. I'll update the article accordingly when I've done some more testing.

Once again, many thanks for taking the time to comment.

Regards;
Richard Moss

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# Quinto Perini

Cerco drive per canoscan lide 100 compatibile con windows 10

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# Richard Moss

Non dovresti aver bisogno di installarne uno manualmente, Windows 10 ha installato automaticamente un driver su ogni sistema in cui ho testato il mio scanner.

(Auto translated text)

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# ASousa

Thank you!

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# Randy

For me, Canon LiDE 100 stopped working on Windows 10 20H2. Other win10 install (2004) on dual-boot machine worked until I also upgraded win10 to 20H2.

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# Richard Moss

Thanks for the comment. I wasn't able to reproduce this; I recently upgraded my Surface Pro to 20H2 and the scanner appears to be working perfectly fine on that.

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# Viktor

Hi, I love old faithful machines! I recently updated my 12 years old laptop from win7 to win10, but this week I had to use my old canoscan lide 100 scanner. First, just as you wrote, I faced the problem that the scanner is not supported anymore by Canon. But following the tips, I downloaded the win8.1 32 bit driver plus the relevant MP Navigator EX 2.05 (win8.1, 32 bit version) and I can confirm the scanner works well. Windows built number: 19042.631 or 20H2

Thumbs up for the tip, I'm really glad that I can still use occasionally this nice little scanner.

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# Marko D.

Just an update. To get it working you can download drivers for windows 8.1 64bit, open exe with 7zip, extract folder Driver. Connect scanner, go to device manager, if you see exclamation mark next to CanoScan just right click > update driver > manually select location > install. It should all work :)

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# Richard Moss

Hello,

Thanks for the comment! I recently tested the scanner with a fresh install of 21H1 and found that Windows no longer automatically installed a driver. However, running Windows Update and then looking in Optional Updates listed the driver and installed perfectly fine. It isn't as convenient as "plug and play" as it used to be, but easier than your method (although I've used this method before for other hardware :) )

Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

Regards;
Richard Moss

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# Mark Walker

You are wrong. The windows 8.1 driver for the canon lide100 scanner does not work on windows 10 nor windows 11. It works briefly after first installation but locks up. When locked up, the scqanner can be reset only by restarting Windows 10. In windows 11, rstarting the computer is insufficient. Teh scanner can be reset by removing and reinstalling the driver each time the scanner locks-up.

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# Richard Moss

Hello,

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I can't vouch for Windows 11 as I haven't got it installed. However, I take issue with your "You are wrong" given I've been happily scanning on Windows 10 for the past two years. Each time I update this article it is because I have updated either my desktop computer or my Surface Pro to a newer version of Windows 10 and scanned content.

Note that I've never tried the manual driver installation, Windows Update (either automatically on older versions or via "Optional Updates" on newer) has always worked.

Regards;
Richard Moss

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