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I am having a problem installing the driver for Windows 7 from Mustek for my scanner.

Hardware and Software I Use
Mustek ScanExpress A3 USB 1200 Pro Large Format Scanner
Windows 7 Pro 64bit
HP Pavilion Elite e9280t PC i7
HP Photosmart Premium Fax AIO C309a - Wireless

I downloaded the driver for Windows 7 from the Mustek site. It was a .zip file that I extracted to my desktop. It was named ScanExpress A3 USB 1200 WIN7. I then ran the setup.exe inside the folder. It begins preparing for install and before it gets to "next" or anything like that it fails with the Windows Installer error--"Error 1606 Could not access network location \." BTW, as instructed by Mustek, at no time during these attempts was the scanner attached to the PC.

I deleted the download and tried again with a fresh download. I still received the error.

I searched the registry and removed any entry with Mustek. I deleted all temp files and emptied the recycle bin. I rebooted and turned off the firewall and virus checker. I downloaded again and extracted the files again and received the same error 1606.

I then searched the Microsoft MSDN site and found a registry “fix.” The fix corrects settings in the User Shell Folders key in both HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/User Shell Folders and CURRENT_USER/ditto. I used the automatic fix and then compared the results manually. My registry values matched the Microsoft recommended values exactly.

After “fixing” the registry I tried to install the driver again and still receive the same error. I feel there must be another registry key that is not correct somewhere but I don’t know where. Any help would be appreciated. I am supporting an old Vista 32-bit computer just so I can use this scanner, which I use in my business.

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Last Post by easouza
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Is that driver specifically for windows 7 64bit? I suspect it's for windows 7 32bit.
If there is a driver available for Vista 64bit then give thay a try!

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Mustek lists this download as Windows 7 (32/64bit). There is also only one download called Vista Drivers. I downloaded the Vista Drivers and tried to install it. It was a good thing I took a checkpoint prior to installing it. The install required a reboot and Window 7 would not start up again. I had to do a restore, which is why it took me a little longer to reply.

So the bottom line is that altough the Vista driver install did not generate the 1606 error, it also didn't work.

Thanks for the suggestion. It was worth a shot.

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Have a look at the first driver you downloaded and see if there is a setup specifically for 64bit!

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There isn't. Apparently, they bundle both drivers into a single setup.

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I went to mustek. I also originally went to mustek with this installation problem and their response was that their driver works and this is a Microsoft problem.

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One thought, have you checked for malware? If so, with what software and what result did you get exactly!

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That was a good thought. I do run Norton Internet Security but I also have a product by Malwarebytes called Anti-Malware. I just ran it and it came up negative.

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I reran a full scan after updating Mbam and still no malware found.

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I have just about given up getting my Mustek scanner to work with Win7 natively; no one has worked around or solved the error 1606 issue since I "found" it over a year ago. I bypass the issue entirely by running the WinXP mode virtual machine instead. Not great, but functional. Sometimes. Grrrr.

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I have just about given up getting my Mustek scanner to work with Win7 natively; no one has worked around or solved the error 1606 issue since I "found" it over a year ago. I bypass the issue entirely by running the WinXP mode virtual machine instead. Not great, but functional. Sometimes. Grrrr.

Do you have 64-bit or 32-bit WIN7?

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This is a long shot, but perhaps that Norton rubbish is interfering with the installer?!? It interferes with plenty of other things not malware or virus related!

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I don't have any onboard antivirus software, and I still have the same issue; that's not it . . .

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is what you said at the top of the page.

Yes I did say that but you were answered by someone else who also has the same problem. Actually in my case, I tried installing the driver with both the Norton firewall and anti-virus disabled but it did not make any difference. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Norton never disables. You need to uninstall it with the aid of the Norton Removal Tool from their website.

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Norton never disables. You need to uninstall it with the aid of the Norton Removal Tool from their website.

That's interesting. I will consider.

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