Install Samsung ML-1740 driver on Windows 7

The Samsung GDI driver for ml-1740 et al. is packaged in an .exe file from the Samsung download web site.

However, the .exe file is not Windows 7 compatible. If you try to install the driver by clicking on the executable, the program will terminate. So what to do?

Well, it’s simple really. The driver works fine in Windows 7; you just have to install it manually. To do so, follow these steps:

1. download the driver from the link above
2. double click on the downloaded file. there will be a windows error message informning you this program is incompatible with this version of windows. Don’t close this error message window yet, because we need to access the temporary files the install program has extracted.
3. now go to the temp directory of your computer, typically, it’s (user folder)\appdata\local\temp. It’s a hidden folder; to view it you need to enable view of hidden files and folders in Windows folder option. The files contained in the .exe file above were extracted in this directory. Sort by date and you’ll see a temp folder containing the following directories: printer\GDI\Vista. Copy the content of the directory to a permanent folder, for example, the download directory.

— There’s actually an easier way as pointed out by one of the comments below. You can right click on the Samsung exe file and choose properties –> compatibility –> and choose to run the program under the compatibility mode for Vista SP2. I tried it and it works.

4. Now go to Start –> Devices and Printers. Select Add a printer, when you reach the page for selecting printer drivers, click on Have Disk… and choose the driver file you had copied earlier.

Works like a charm. Have a look at my printer set up:

5 thoughts on “Install Samsung ML-1740 driver on Windows 7

  1. March-10; go to Samsung's web page; downloads; there are .exe's for all systems. Just used in Windows 7, worked fine.

  2. I tried both methods identified in this post but they don't work for me. In the 1st method, I could not find the said folder in the directory. May I know which Win 7 version did you use? Mine is Win 7 Ultimate RTM 64-bit version.
    Please help!

  3. I tried your method but had a hard time finding the exact directory. Instead, I selected to install the driver using the compatibilty setting of Vista SP2. This worked and it went in like a charm.

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