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Getting a Kodak i160 to work on a KEC 1582t card in Windows 7

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We had an issue where a Kodak i160 scanner would appear when a Windows 7 machine booted but then disappear after the Kodak i160 scanner went to sleep.
The Kodak scanner was using a Kofax Virtual Rescan driver, after some checking it turned out the machine was using a standard fire wire driver for the KEC 1582t PCI card which worked fine on Windows XP Professional SP3.

The way around this was to use a legacy driver which is included as part of Windows 7 (It appears to work with a number of other fire wire cards as well for slow performance).

Windows 8 doesn’t have this driver as part of the OS and it can be obtained from Microsoft Support
The original MS article announcing this seems to show it doesn’t work for Windows 10, however a website called Studio 1 seems to show it does. I haven’t tested this as the Kodak i160 Scanner has no Windows 10 support, the parts are difficult to get hold of and therefore we are replacing them.

Synctoy 2.1 setup batch script

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This code was used to speed up the setup of SyncToy 2.1 (I see no reason to backup the entire user profile folder, but I hate having to setup multiple sync jobs). As Microsoft has not updated SyncToy it may not work on anything other than Windows 7.
The script expects SyncToy 2.1 is installed and that the destination is always the H drive (For whatever reason I am not using a variable for the main location, I may update this at some point as code to select another path is already in).

Simple backup and restore scripts

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Back when my workplace migrated from Windows XP to Windows 7, I became lazy and automated backing up and restoring a users profiles important files in a batch script.
Here I backup to the drive H, this drive is pretty much our standard user drive. If the user does not have a H drive some pretty neat code from https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.msdos.batch.nt/kOsN-QIOYEY displays a folder selection box (As annoyingly some users didn’t have their home drive set as H). Although I have set the filepath as LaptopBackup I have used it on Desktops as well.
The code deliberately terminates if it detects it isn’t on Windows 7, this is purely because I haven’t tested this in a network environment on other OS’s!
Known faults are pinned shortcuts in the taskbar don’t appear and printer settings don’t migrate (I never got around to correcting it).

This section of code is to backup to %backupdir%\LaptopBackup\

This section of code is to restore from %backupdir%\LaptopBackup\

Update August 2017. I have found Windows 10 Sticky Notes needs to be moved to a different location so data can be imported, the below has been added as where I work is currently planning to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Further amendments may be needed and obviously the backup script above doesn’t account for the new data location for Sticky Notes