Vmplayer is available free from
As I said, you will need the installation disc for windows 95 or
98 and the product key plus the original Primax software.
There are a few other points:
When you install '98 or '95, vmplayer creates a large file ( ~
10 GByte) which serves as the 'C' drive for the virtual machine.
Once you have got the old version of windows (say '98)
working together with the Primax software, shutdown '98.
Then select '98 or '95 under vmplayer (one click) but do not
run it yet. Under 'edit machine settings' check the option
'enable high speed support' and check 'show all USB input
devices' under 'USB controller'.
With Vista running connect the scanner. Vista should give a
'ding' to show that the USB connection has been established.
Now run the virtual machine and log on. At the bottom right of
the window you should see several icons. Hover the mouse
point over the USB icon that says Primax Scanner and select
'connect to Virtual Machine'. (May involve the right hand
mouse button.) '98 or '95 should then detect the scanner and
it should work as before.
There is then the matter of getting the scanned data from the
Virtual Machine (98) to Vista. The only way I found to do this
was to map the virtual C drive to say a Z drive on Vista. We
can go through this once you get that far.
Its all a bit of a fiddle, but it's an alternative to dumping
perfectly good hardware.
If the computing side is a problem, maybe there is some
computer literate help available. If the need for the scanner is
on an occasional basis, then the above is not too much of an
issue once you are up to speed.
Again, good luck.