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Epson Stylus Color 880 Windows 10 (1709) – How to make it work

If you use a Epson Stylus Color 880 printer, it may be the case that you cannot use it on your Windows 10 computer.

Typical symptoms of this problem are that it will appear as a “USB Printer” within the “Printers” section of Windows 10, but it may actually appear as “Epson Stylus Color 880” in Device Manager.

The problem is that Windows 10 (especially 1709) does not recognize the driver and therefore cannot get the printer to work.

The solution is to make sure that Windows 10 can run the driver, which means downloading the most appropriate one from the Internet or eliminating errors and other system problems. This is actually relatively simple, as explained below …


The reason for the problem is a difference in the way Windows 10 (1709) works with the underlying system drivers.

Some of the older drivers (written by hardware manufacturers) do not work with the new hardware / IO API within the system, making Windows unable to handle any of the underlying issues you may have.

To make sure this is not a problem, you need to make sure that you are using a supported driver, or at least a driver that works with the way Windows version 1709 works. To do this, you need to make sure that you can get a version of the driver that works effectively.


To resolve the issue, Microsoft has worked to resolve any of the underlying issues that have been causing conflicts, primarily by offering a new “Windows 10 Compatible Driver Pack 1709”, which is a manual update of the drivers required to run the Epson Stylus Color 880.

When you go to Microsoft’s “download catalog” and type “epson stylus color 880” in the search box, you will see a number of packages that you can download. At the bottom of the list should be the “compatibility” package, which if you download it, you will be able to run the installer.

When running the installer, restart your system and then make sure that Windows can load the printer as it did before. If you can’t do this, you need to make sure that you can get the most out of the app, which is done by cleaning up any potentially corrupted settings your system may have.

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