Although officially the Canon CanoScan LiDE 100 scanner is not supported on Windows 10, 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.
|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|
- 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
- The scanner is fully supported via WIA without needing any additional software installation, bar the driver that Windows Update may install
- 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
- I have not tested the scanner with the TWAIN API
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
- 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.
Commentator Marko D. notes
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 :)
This is an approach I have used before for other legacy devices and so while I haven't personally tested it with the scanner, it ought to work for that too - but the Windows Update method above is probably simpler.
|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|
|2020-08-15||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|
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.
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