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HOWTO: Make HP PrecisionScan LT work under Windows 2000 (multiuser environment)

Hello again,

What I wanted to do:  Give everybody on a Win 2K Pro machine access to an USB scanner attached to the computer. Should be easy, shouldn’t it?

What the problems turned out to be:

  • The driver/software package is a terrible combination of crap.
  • Thus only the user that installed it can use the scanner
  • You have to have admin rights (yes, full admin rights) to install and on first launch.

What I had to do to achieve this:

  • create an extra user profile “scanner”
  • add it to the adminitrators group
  • login with that profile information
  • install the scanner, restart and test the software once
  • remove administrators rights from the “scanner” profile
  • create a desktop icon for everybody, that launches the scanner software under “scanner” credentials
  • done.

HP sucketh…

Read on! Knowledge hurts.

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