Windows 7. Does it have fax and scan? Oct 2009

I ordered Windows 7 Home Premium Edition with my new computer.  I have a US Robotics 56K voice/fax modem that I will like to use with it.  Vista apparently took out the fax function.  Therefore, I stayed with XP.  Microsoft and many other websites states that all their versions of Windows 7 have the fax function, but I am still skeptical.

I should be receiving my new computer within a week and will document if Windows 7 Home Premium comes with the fax and scan function.

I am crossing my fingers because I desperately want it.

As of November 1, 2009, Windows 7 check says that it can detect my USR voice/fax winmodem.  Unfortunately, it did not.  Of course, my modem is several years old and only has drivers for XP.  The US Robotics website offers XP and older drivers only.  I am running the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.

It is quite possible that it works in 32 bit, but I am going to buy a 4 in 1 printer for less than $100.  Both my scanner and fax are not working in Windows 7, therefore, I am going to buy a printer that has both for less than $100.

I currently have a scanner that works with Windows 7.  Unfortunately, one has to purchase a new one that is supported in Windows 7.  http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2010/12/canon-cs-lide-110-windows-7

I find it sad that I am going to buy a printer solely for faxing and scanning.  It is capable of so much more, but an inkjet 4 in 1’s cost per page is usually about 10 times or more than a laser printer’s.  Therefore, I use my laser printer for printing.

Windows 7 Home Premium has the icons for sending faxes, therefore, it is able to.  It is just a matter of getting a driver.

List of Windows 7 compatible modems.  It seems that as of November 1, 2009, there are only 2 US Robotics fax modems that are compatible with Windows 7 64 bit and 5 US Robotics fax modems that are compatible with Windows 7 32 bit.  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Browse.aspx?type=Hardware&category=Networking&subcategory=Modems&page=1

2 thoughts on “Windows 7. Does it have fax and scan? Oct 2009”

  1. Thank you for your question Travis T.

    Unfortunately, it seems that the 64 bit OS is not able to integrate into any Internet fax programs. Furthermore, it also seems that adding the Internet fax as a printer to print to will not work also. Therefore, a workaround has to be found.

    You should be able to save the document as a PDF document and fax that over the Internet. It seems that this is the only option available for 64 bit OS’s. Other formats can be used, but you will have to look into your Internet fax provider to see what formats they can send.

    For Concordfax.com, they allow you to fax using any email program. Furthermore, they allow many formats for the attachment. Therefore, for the 64 bit OS’s this is probably the only way to send Internet faxes. The FAQ can be seen at http://www.concordfax.com/support/faqs/default.aspx

    I have found this where someone else is unable to send faxes over the Internet.

    http://www.technologyquestions.com/technology/microsoft-office/282543-64bit-os-cant-do-internet-fax.html

    Hope this helps,

    David

  2. I just read on a microsoft website that the 64 bit version does not support internet fax. I am getting ready to order a new laptop that I can get with either the 32 or 64 bit version. I would like this feature but was hoping to get the 64 bit version of windows 7. I would really like to know if internet fax does not work in the 64 bit os before I make the purchase.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/ha101668651033.aspx

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