It’s one of my hates, you get a new device – you expect a nice integrated experience where Windows handles and natively installs just the driver creating a seamless experience, what you actually get is a mass of software you don’t care about and will probably never use – you bought the product for the functionality not the bundled software.
Kodak in my opinion are the worst offenders for this – just horrible software and by default, will install everything – drivers exist to tell Windows how to communicate with the device to perform the functionality it’s intended for.
So, let’s install the driver only (only tested on ESP5250 but seems to support others);
Download the driver: PrinterDriver (might need 7zip to extract) – save this somewhere.
Point your computer to Printers and Devices via the Control Panel (as you can see, these screenshots are Windows 8 Consumer Preview but should work fine in Windows 7) – at the top, click “Advanced Printer Setup”.
You’ll see an Add Printer windows – you’ll want to click “The printer that I want isn’t listed” as chances are, it won’t appear.
It’s easier here to select the “Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname”, once selected – click “Next”.
Here you’ll want to leave “Device Type” to “Autodetect” but enter the hostname/IP address – in this case, it was 192.168.1.111 but I’m sure your router or printer itself will tell you the IP of the printer. The Port Name address will autocomplete, just leave it as it is and hit next.
Here you’ll be asked the port information, select “Generic Network Card” if it isn’t already set to that and hit next.
You’ll be asked to select the driver, but, unfortunately Kodak drivers aren’t printers that have drivers available through the Windows Update program – perhaps in the future they may exist but I believe this comes down to Kodak – here, you’ll have to select “Have Disk…”
You’ll get a little popup – point it in the direction of where you extracted the PrinterDriver to, literally, give it the main directory of that folder and it’ll work the rest out itself. Click “OK”.
Now that you’ve clicked “OK” – you’ll get a list of Kodak printers, make sure you click the right one – in my case, it was the ESP 5250 but yours may be different (haven’t tested others), once selected just click “Next”.
I just left it as default and hit Next but you can name it whatever you want.
You’re almost there, Windows will do it’s thing and install the printer for you – you’ll probably see a flash of Windows – however, if you have UAC (User Account Control) on then you’ll be prompted to approve the installation – if you hit “No” then you are a muppet.
If you’ve got this far, you’ve pretty much made it – choose whatever sharing settings you want and hit next.
And we’ve made it. Click finish and you can now enjoy software-free printing.
This is exactly what the end result of a Kodak installation should be, not hordes of software that runs on startup and i’m not just pointing my finger at Kodak here, most printer manufacturers are responsible for this – and while sure, some consumers might want the software – let the rest of us choose, give us the option for “driver-only” installation and let Windows create beautiful integrated screens like the ones below;