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Epson printer setup / automatic updates...


When installing any late model Epson printer - you may be given an option to register for automatic driver updates, somewhere during the printer setup process. If you tick or click 'accept driver updates' (or similar button), the printer software will download and install the latest printer driver (via internet), every time one is released by Epson. In other words...you are giving Epson a permission to periodically adjust your printer driver and firmware.

That may not seem like a bad idea. Lot of recent hardware and software tends to update itself regularly and just about every time you turn a computer on, there's some new update waiting to be installed. So...why not update the printer driver?

Printer driver updates are different to most other software updates...

Printer updates are permanent and may include irreversible changes to the printer itself. Even if you delete the updated printer driver then re-install the original driver from CD - it won't achieve a thing. Driver update can't be reversed or deleted once installed. 

Printer updates can stop hardware working. Driver update can change the ink cartridge recognition protocol and even perfectly working printer can stop working with 'ink cartridges not recognised' error - after receiving Epson update. If you're using compatible, refillable etc cartridges, continuous ink or even older Epson genuine cartridges, you're not printing anything - until the cartridges are replaced with brand new, genuine Epson ones.     

Are there any benefits in installing updated printer drivers?

You may need the latest printer drivers when connecting a new device to the printer or after installing a new operating system. If the new device or OS is released at later date than the printer, the appropriate driver will not be included on your printer installation CD and you may have no choice, but to download the latest driver version from Epson.  

If you're not having any issues, there's no reason to update!  Driver update is not going to make your printer run any faster, it's not going to improve the print quality, it's not going to make it any more economical and it is definitely not going to fix cartridge recognition problems.  

Can printer updates be enabled later...if required?

Yes...if you decide you actually do need a driver update for some reason in the future, you can always download it manually later on. Just click: File>Print>Printer Properties >Maintenance...then click the 'Driver update' button. That's it.

How to install printer driver & avoid receiving any updates.

1) Switch off or unplug your internet modem. This is optional, but recommended. If you were to click a wrong button during the setup by mistake, there's no harm done - if not connected to the internet. Just go back a step or two and change the setting or abort the installation and start again.

2) Insert printer installation CD and enter setup.

3) Select 'Custom' or 'Manual' Setup option, not 'Express' or 'Automatic'. You will get no option to un-tick (decline) driver updates if you use 'Express Setup'. 

4) Click "No" in the first window (below) and "Decline" in the next. Also tick "Do not display this message again".

Note: Sample screenshots below are from an Epson Artisan 730 printer setup and other models messages will be slightly different. Principle is the same. 

      Epson driver update pic 1      Artisan driver updates pic 2

5) When the printer setup finishes, you can plug your modem back in (or turn it on), but make sure your virus firewall is activated before you do.

Epson driver updates / firewall pic 3

Most properly configured firewalls (including Windows) see any system update as a virus and will block it - unless you enable the update, by clicking the 'Unblock' button. Make sure to click "Keep Blocking" (as in above pic)!!! 

Even if you follow all the steps outlined above, watch out for special ink offers and other attempts to sway you into registering for updates. Warn everyone using your printer - to never click any "offers" buttons (as below).  

Epson updates / ink offers pic 4

Just click "Already purchased" or simply close this window - to get rid of this message.

As you can see...it's not all that difficult to avoid Epson driver updates - just be careful what you click.

If you already installed the printer, selected driver updates and your printer now stopped working with "Ink cartridges cannot be recognised" error, you can find more information on this page: Ink cartridges cannot be recognised - how to fix.

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