I have had a Plustek OpticPro 600 for a few years now. Good quality, parallel port, very user friendly interface, OCR and PicturePublisher7 software (which I got used to it so badly). It was under $100 and I was so happy comparing the quality of my scans with other more expensive ones (hp & Canon for example).
But in Plustek web site, they say that they don't provide support for Windows XP for my old model and I can't install the CD under XP. Also Micographx (Picture Publisher) doesn't have a copy of version 7 so I can at least try it in compatibility mode. They want me to buy PP10. A friend told me to use Win2000 drivers but I even can't install the CD to add the drivers.
I really want to use my old scanner and software, there is nothing wrong with them. Any suggestions?
If you are not willing to upgrade, then I'd suggest dual-booting Win98SE and WinXP. Otherwise, it appears that without continuing support from the manufacturer, your only other option is to buy a new scanner with compatible software.
You are not the first person to find yourself in this position with an older external device.
For example, I've got a Microtek ScanMaker 4 (which is an excellent scanner in all respects) that I've had for over four years, and I've used it in with three different operating systems. I appreciate this kind of support from a company that makes a quality product. I tend to abandon companies that sell a device and then refuse to support the product ... or the consumer.