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How to install an inbox driver on Windows XP


  • Windows 2000/XP
  • Inbox Drivers
  • Dot Matrix and listed inkjet printers


What is an inbox driver?

An inbox driver is a driver supplied with an operating system rather than being provided by the device's manufacturer on a website or software CD. In Windows XP there are inbox drivers already available as well as ESC/P2 drivers.


Inbox and ESC/P2 drivers are Microsoft drivers and have not been produced by Epson. In the event of of any issues, please uninstall the driver from Add or Remove Programs or delete the printer from the Printers and Faxes folder. Then, try installing the printer driver again.

See How to uninstall a printer on Windows 2000 and XP for instructions on doing this.

Is there an inbox driver available for my product?

The best way to determine how your product is supported in Windows XP is to check the Epson Support site to see if there is a compatible Windows XP driver available. If there is no driver available you can then browse the list of inbox drivers available on your PC from the Add Printer Wizard, as shown below.


Whilst ESC/P2 drivers support the majority of earlier Epson printers, they will have the following restrictions:

  • The maximum print resolution is 720dpi.
  • Ink levels will not be monitored.
  • Limited paper type selection.
  • Print Preview not available in the driver settings. However you can still use Print Preview in the application/program.

For the Epson Stylus Color 300 this driver only allows printing in black. The printer will still require all cartridges to be installed and not expended.

Available Inbox drivers:

    Dot Matrix

    Printer Model Inbox driver version Printer Model Inbox driver version
    DFX-5000 Epson DFX 5000 LQ-2170 Epson LQ 2170 ESC/P2
    DFX-5000+ Epson DFX 5000+ LQ-2180 Epson LQ 2180 ESC/P2
    DFX-8000 Epson DFX 8000 LQ-2550 Epson LQ 2550
    DFX-8500 Epson DFX 8500 LQ-300 Epson LQ 300 ESC/P2
    DLQ-2000 Epson DLQ 2000 LQ-300+ Epson LQ 300+ ESC/P2
    DLQ-3000 Epson DLQ 3000 ESC/P2 LQ-400 Epson LQ 400
    DLQ-3000+ Epson DFX 3000+ ESC/P2 LQ-450 Epson LQ 450
    EX-5000 Epson EX 1000 LQ-500 Epson LQ 500
    EX-5000 Epson EX 8000 LQ-510 Epson LQ 510
    FX-100 Epson FX 100 LQ-550 Epson LQ 550
    FX-100+ Epson FX 100+ LQ-570 Epson LQ 570 ESC/P2
    FX-105 Epson FX 105 LQ-570+ Epson LQ 570+ ESC/P2
    FX-1050 Epson FX 1050 LQ-580 Epson LQ 580 ESC/P2
    FX-1070 Epson FX 1070 LQ-670 Epson LQ 670 ESC P2
    FX-1180 Epson FX 1180 LQ-680 Epson LQ 680 ESC P2
    FX-1180+ Epson FX 1180+ LQ-800 Epson LQ 800
    FX-2170 Epson FX 2170 LQ-850 Epson LQ 850
    FX-2180 Epson FX 2180 LQ-850+ Epson LQ 850+
    FX-80 Epson FX 80 LQ-860 Epson LQ 860
    FX-800 Epson FX 800 LQ-860+ Epson LQ 860+
    FX-85 Epson FX 85 LQ-870 Epson LQ 870 ESC P2
    FX-850 Epson FX 850 LQ-950 Epson LQ 950
    FX-870 Epson FX 870 LX-100 Epson LX 100
    FX-880 Epson FX 880 LX-1050 Epson LX 1050
    FX-880+ Epson FX 880+ LX-1050+ Epson LX 1050+
    FX-980 Epson FX 980 LX-1170 Epson LX 1170
    LQ-100 Epson LQ 100 ESC/P2 LX-1170 II Epson LX 1170 II
    LQ-1000 Epson LQ 1000 LX-300 Epson LX 300
    LQ-1010 Epson LQ 1010 LX-300+ Epson LX 300+
    LQ-1050 Epson LQ 1050 LX-400 Epson LX 400
    LQ-1050+ Epson LQ 1050+ LX-80 Epson LX 80
    LQ-1060 Epson LQ 1060 LX-800 Epson LX 800
    LQ-1070 Epson LQ 1070 ESC/P2 LX-850 Epson LX 850
    LQ-1070 + Epson LQ 1070 + ESC/P2 LX-850+ Epson LX 850+
    LQ-1170 Epson LQ 1170 LX-5000 Epson LQ 100
    LQ-150 Epson LQ 150 LX-5000 Epson LQ 100
    LQ-1500 Epson LQ 1500 MX-100 Epson 100
    LQ-200 Epson LQ 200 MX-80 Epson MX 80
    LQ-2070 Epson LQ 2070 ESC/P2 JX-80 Epson JX 80
    LQ-2080 Epson LQ 2080 ESC/P2 RX-100 Epson RX 100
    LQ-2500 Epson LQ 2500 RX-100+ Epson RX-100 +
    LQ-2500+ Epson LQ 2500+ RX-80 Epson RX-80

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    Printer Model Inbox driver version Printer Model Inbox driver version
    SQ-1170 Epson SQ-1170 ESC/P2 Stylus Color II Epson Stylus COLOR II ESC/P2
    SQ-2000 Epson SQ-2000 Stylus Color IIs Epson Stylus COLOR IIs ESC/P2
    SQ-2550 Epson SQ-2550 Stylus Color 200 Epson Stylus COLOR 200 ESC/P2
    SQ-850 Epson SQ-850 Stylus Color 300 Epson Stylus 300 ESC/P2
    SQ-870 Epson SQ-870 Stylus Color 3000 Epson Stylus COLOR 3000 ESC/P2
    Stylus 1000 Epson Stylus 1000 ESC/P2 Stylus Color 400 Epson Stylus COLOR 400 ESC/P2
    Stylus 1500 Epson Stylus 1500 ESC/P2 Stylus Color 500 Epson Stylus COLOR 500 ESC/P2
    Stylus 200 Epson Stylus 200 ESC/P2 Stylus Color 600 Epson Stylus COLOR 600 ESC/P2
    Stylus 300 Epson Stylus 300 ESC/P2 Stylus Color 800 Epson Stylus COLOR 800 ESC/P2
    Stylus 400 Epson Stylus 400 ESC/P2 Stylus Color 820 Epson Stylus COLOR 820 ESC/P2
    Stylus 800 Epson Stylus 800 ESC/P2 Stylus Photo Ex Epson Stylus Photo ESC/P2
    Stylus 800+ Epson Stylus 800+ ESC/P2 Stylus Pro Epson Stylus Pro ESC/P2
    Stylus 820 Epson Stylus 820 ESC/P2 Stylus Pro XL Epson Stylus Pro XL ESC/P2
    Stylus Color Epson Stylus COLOR ESC/P2

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How to install an inbox driver

  1. Connect the printer to the appropriate port on your computer according to the printer's documentation and verify that it is ready to print.

  2. Although Windows automatically detects and installs most printers, you might need to provide additional information to complete the installation. Choose from the following, depending on the type of printer you have:

    Install a parallel (LPT) printer

    If your printer connects to your computer with a parallel port (LPT).

    1. Connect the printer to your computer and power it on.
    2. Open Printers and Faxes. Click Start > Printers and Faxes or Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes.
    3. Click Add Printer to start the Add Printer Wizard.

    4. Select Local Printer, make sure the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box is selected, and then click Next.

    5. The computer will search for recently added hardware.

    6. Depending on the printer you are installing, a Found New Hardware message or the Found New Hardware Wizard appears to notify you that the printer has been detected and that the installation has begun.

    7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the printer installation. If you receive the following window click Continue Anyway.

    8. If the Found New Hardware wizard does not start then restart your computer to allow it to automatically detect the printer.

    9. Once installation is complete the printer icon will be added to your Printers and Faxes folder.

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    Install a USB or Firewire (IEEE 1394) printer

    If your printer connects to your computer with a universal serial bus (USB) or Firewire (IEEE 1394) cable, follow the below instructions:

    1. Connect your printer to your computer and power it on.
    2. Windows XP detects the printer and automatically starts the Found New Hardware Wizard. You do not need to shut down or restart your computer, follow the instructions on the screen to finish the setup.

    3. The printer icon will be added to your Printers and Faxes folder.

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If you are not able to install your printer using Plug and Play, or if the printer is attached to your computer with a serial (COM) port please follow the instructions below.

  1. Open Printers and Faxes then click Start > Printers and Faxes or Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes.
  2. Click Add Printer to start the Add Printer Wizard.

  3. The Add Printer Wizard will start. Click Next to continue. 

  4. Click Local printer, remove the tick from Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer then click Next.

  5. Select the port required and click Next.

  6. Ensure you select Epson as the manufacturer and the correct model of printer then click Next.

  7. The next window will enable you to rename your printer if you choose. Set the printer as default then click Next.

  8. Make your selection for printer sharing then click Next.

  9. Choose if you would like to print a Test page then click Next.

  10. If you receive the following window click Continue Anyway.

  11. Click Finish to complete the Add Printer Wizard.


If you add a Plug-and-Play printer (for example, USB, Firewire (IEEE 1394) or Parallel (LPT)), you do not need to have administrative privileges. However, to add and set up a non-Plug-and-Play printer connected directly to your computer, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you from completing this procedure.

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