If you use an Epson Stylus Color 880 printer, it may be the case that you end up not being able to use it on your Windows 10 computer.
The typical symptoms of this issue are that it will show up as a “USB Printer” inside the Windows 10 “Printers” section, but may actually appear as “Epson Stylus Color 880” in Device Manager.
The problem is that Windows 10 (especially 1709) doesn’t recognize the driver, and is thus unable to actually get the printer running because of it.
The solution is to ensure that Windows 10 is able to run the driver, which either means downloading the most appropriate one from the Internet, or getting the system to be rid of errors and other problems. This is actually relatively simple, as explained below…
The reason for the problem is a difference in the way that Windows 10 (1709) works with the underlying drivers of the system.
Some of the older drivers (written by the hardware manufacturers) do not work with the new hardware / IO API inside the system, leading Windows to become unable to manage any of the underlying issues it may have.
To ensure this is not an issue, you have to ensure that you’re using a compatible driver – or at least a driver which is workable with the way in which the 1709 version of Windows works. To do this, you have to ensure you’re able to obtain a version of the driver which works effectively.
To solve the problem, Microsoft have actually worked to resolve any of the underlying issues that have been causing conflicts, primarily by offering a new “Windows 10 1709 Compatible Drivers Package” – which is a manual update to the drivers that are required to run the Epson Stylus Color 880.
By going to Microsoft’s “download catalogue” and typing “epson stylus color 880” into the search box, you’re presented with a number of packages you can download. At the bottom of the list should be the “compatibility” package – which if you download, you’ll then be able to run the installer for.
Upon running the installer, restart your system and then ensure that Windows is able to load the printer like it did before. If you’re not able to do this, you have to ensure that you’re going to be able to get the most out of the application – which is done by cleaning up any of the potentially corrupted settings that your system may have.