Compatibility between scanners and Windows depends on the type of scanner and Windows version. A newer version of Windows is more likely to be compatible with a wider range of scanners.
Windows 10 usually supports most types of scanners, although some older models may have compatibility issues. If you’re using an older version of Windows such as Windows 7, you may need to download additional drivers for your scanner to work correctly or purchase scanner software that is compatible with your version of Windows.
Flatbed scanners are the most commonly-used type of scanner and work with all versions of Windows. USB-connected flatbed scanners are even easier to use, as they do not require any installation and can be plugged in directly.
Sheetfed scanners are similar to flatbed scanners but are designed to scan single sheets of paper at a time. They are not as widely compatible as flatbed scanners and may require specific drivers or software to work with Windows.
Drum scanners are best used for high resolution scanning of art and graphic images. These are the least compatible type of scanners with Windows and require their own proprietary scanning software.
Overall, most scanners should be compatible with Windows. However, some older models may experience compatibility issues depending on the type and model of scanner, as well as the version of Windows. To ensure compatibility, it is recommended to update to the latest version of Windows, or to check with the manufacturer of your scanner to see if there are any specific requirements for getting it to work with Windows.