‘Arguments are Invalid’ Driver Error on Windows 7

Created on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
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While trying to reinstall my Samsung ML-1665 printer drivers on a clean install of Windows 7, I kept getting these errors where an error popup would tell me, “Arguments are Invalid,” and then refuse to install the drivers I needed. This would happen even if I pointed directly to the drivers I wanted. Here is how I solved it.

  1. Make sure you haven’t turned off any Windows services, or used a tweaking tool that may have turned off services behind your back. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should be pretty safe already.
  2. Go to Devices and Printers.
  3. Click Add a Printer in the top toolbar on the Devices and Printers window.
  4. Select Add a local printer.
  5. If your printer is a USB printer, select port USB001. Otherwise, choose the appropriate port and continue.
  6. At this point (driver selection) you should be able to click Have Disk and point Windows to the drivers you do want (the ones on the CD, for example). They should install without incident.
  7. If you look at the Devices and Printers window now, you may have an icon indicating a faulty printer, and an icon indicating a working printer. Unfortunately, your printer is the one that doesn’t work.
  8. Right-click the faulty printer and select Update Drivers.
  9. Tell Windows to search automatically. It will also search your computer and — lo and behold — locate the drivers that you just installed successfully. If it asks you to choose a driver (I had two identical ones listed, but in different locations), choose the one that appears in a deeper directory.
  10. The install process may begin all over again, but it should work this time.
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