One more time I tried to get the old Epson 1200S scanner working -- and it did! I returned the dreadful HP scanner to Staples, saving myself $350.
But then more troubles:
Printing to my HP laser printer, it produced just printouts of PCL error messages. A quick google found the error msg meant the PCL driver was corrupt, and needed to be replaced. Several reboots and 3/4-hour later, it was working again.
I wanted to print out some vacation photos, and next found my HP inkjet printer standing silent. No print jobs pending, according to Windows. Do the usual: rip out the device drivers (Windows ensures the job is difficult), and reinstall. Several reboots and 1.5 hours later, and its happily chugging out prints (except for its constant warning that the ink cartridge is low, 'cept it isn't).
Next hassle: each time I open my Misc folder (that's my desktop folder with less used software shortcuts), Windows Installer launches and wants to install Acrobat 7.0.7 -- which was installed months ago. Microsoft and Adobe must really hate each other to further their fight on the user's desktop.
And now the latest hassle: certain Web pages display text in a blocky raster font. I assume somewhere a font file went missing, but I'm too tired to figure out which.
All this in 24 hours. Where do I sign up for $$$ compensation of lost time?