Samsung ML-1210 and Windows 7 – the driver

UPDATE: Samsung’s released Windows 7 drivers. You can find them here: or for the direct link here: (thanks to Paul and Keith for the links in the comments below).

(Previous Guide)

So… Install Windows 7, hook up the Samsung ML-1210 printer, and…

…well not much happens. If you’ve gone to Samsung’s site, you may have found 2 possible files to download (technically more, but only 2 that have any hope of working), and you’ll find that neither seems to work well.

The Universal Print Driver will install, and you’ll probably get it to even find your ML-1210 eventually. If you get farther than that, congratulations! You’ll have gone farther than I was able to with that package.

The GDI driver on the other hand will refuse to install. Windows will pop up and ask if you want to try compatibility mode. Unfortunately, it’ll still refuse.

The solution?

No, it’s not a Lexmark E210 driver this time (I tried it… no such luck).

The solution is simple, but not elegant.

1) Download the GDI driver install package from Samsung’s site. If you’re lazy, I’ve uploaded it here:

Or zipped in case you have problems with the above (make sure you unzip before continuing):

2) Right-click on the file, choose Properties.

3) Run in Compatibility Mode for WINDOWS VISTA. Also check RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR. Click OK once you’ve selected those.

4) Run the program. It should install without warnings now (and let you print a test page).

One issue is that you’ll end up with 2 copies of the Printer in the “Devices and Printers” control panel. The first is the original non-working one, and the second is the new working one. It’s kinda ugly, making this an ugly solution for now, but it works.

At the very least you should have your ML-1210 up and running with Windows 7. Hopefully Samsung eventually spits out a proper Windows 7 driver package, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Note that this was done using the 64-bit version of Windows 7. I’d be surprised if the 32-bit version went any differently though, so instructions should be the same.


  • (thanks to Paul and Keith for the links in the comments below). This link from the above worked. But first I had to de-install the drivers, install them and run the repair. Thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the ML1200 drive link.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    It worked right from the start with no problems. I looked on the Samsung site and could not find what I needed. Thanks for the help.

  • Paul

    Thank you as former engineer who is yet another old timer I also like to reuse what I can but could not have done so without your user friendly help.

  • Dave Brown

    Brilliant. Have been withou this ML1200 since installing windows 7 64 bit OS and getting Samsungs Universal Driver which wont drive. Thanks a lot as i was going to toss it into the bin and buy a new one from a better supported maker. It is such a shame to scrap workable kit. As an old timer we always try to reuse bits but the modern electronics are now to small to salvage components. Oh well progress I suppose!

  • cheers dude, i was getting very irritated that I would have to buy a new printer but not now, yay arounds 10 years old and still going thx

  • Paul

    Thanks a lot. Works great. Bit of life in the old girl yet.

  • dochlee

    THANKS!!!!! I have trying to install ML1200 printer as network printer using Win 7 without much success until I got this driver from you. You need to install the driver first and select NO when asked to connect the printer. Then, use “Add Printer” and select the ML1200 from the shared network computer, and ……voila!! the printer got connected without any problem. Keep up the great work!!

  • Anonymous

    You are a GENIUS!!!
    Thanks from Mexico!

  • J. Jultak

    Many Thanks! This is what the web is all about. Worked like a charm. I tried everything before running across this forum. Don’t know how to thank you enough for the information. You saved the day.

  • Ying

    This saves my day! Solute!

  • Sam

    There is a more easier straightforward solution from Samsung. Go to the Samsung support download page. Navigate to the drivers for the ML-1210.
    1) DO NOT use the Samsung Universal Printer Driver (ver. 20.66). It may work for newer Samsung models, but DOES NOT work with the older ML-1210. This is why people are running into problems. I believe Samsung mislabeled it as compatible for this printer —it is NOT.
    2) The correct driver is Print Driver (ver.3.01) 9.6MB. Hook up your ML-1210 via the USB cable to your PC, turn on both our PC and printer, install the .exe file for this driver, and you’re in business.

  • Erik

    Thanks, our Lexmark E210 is now busy printing my wifes research papers again.

  • Ahmed Q

    What can I say, I have tried every method going and then came by Matts fix, many thanks.

  • Andrea


    Bye, Andrea from Italy

  • Xhog

    Thx for the link and the fix for this printer great 🙂

  • Liz

    Seems like lots people have got this to work – has anyone done this with a usb-parallel converter? My ML-1210 does not have a usb port and my laptop doesn’t have a parallel port. I’ve tried the Samsung Universal driver, the newer Windows 7 drivers and the GDI driver with the method described. I have managed to print from Notepad but not Word or pdf files. Details of converter cable and drivers used successfully in combination would be gratefully received!
    Thanks – Liz

  • Anonymous

    thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • ali

    you are realy man

    I am from iran.

    thank you.

  • rs

    it works ! great !

  • joao paulo

    It was a grate tip. It also works for Lexmark e210 for Vista Home premium 32bits. I just did it now and it worked perfectly. Thank you

  • Meier

    Danke für die Anleitung – hat für E210 unter Win 7 32 Bit Klasse funktioniert
    (english translation): Thanks for the instructions – worked for E210 with Win 7 32 bit class

  • Jonathan

    It worked!

  • Carlos

    Fantastic…. man… they should have this ont the Samsung support page!!!!

  • Max

    Thank you so much. My printer now works great (as opposed to not at all). You are the best!

  • Rob

    You’re a genius! Thanks, I’ve finally got a solution.



  • Fred

    Not working for me. I think the reason may be that my HP 110 netbook
    does not have compatibility mode. Win 7 Starter OS.

  • Debbie

    Thank you SOOO much! Been trying find a driver for DAYS!! Worked Great!! HUGS!

  • Tunc

    Thank, mate. Saved the day! Excellent…

  • Neil


    Original post + #11 and sorted on new HP win7 64bit machine 🙂

  • Keith

    **** ML 1210 driver for win 7 ****
    Thank you for contacting Samsung Electronics.

    We understand that you are unable to work with universal drivers, and would like to download the compatible
    drivers for Windows 7 operating system for your ML-1210 printer.

    We suggest you visit the link below to download the compatible printer drivers for your Windows 7 operating

  • Paul

    Samsung had released official driver for ML-1210 on Win7.

  • Michele


  • Graham

    Plenty of people have said it but I’ll say it again Great!!! Much appreciated.

  • Dan

    You’re a bloomin’ genius. It worked fine. Thanks so much!

  • joedoffy

    Thanks for the input, the printer works on my computer with windows 7

  • Jeff

    Hey; just wanted to tell you it worked for me; thanks so much for your help. I’m even using it as a networked printer hooked to another PC– my WinXP netbook!

  • Deauville04

    Hi Matt,
    danke für den excellenten Tipp. Hab viel versucht, nichts hat geklappt. Du hast meinen Drucker ML-1210 gerettet.

    Thanks a lot, best greetings

  • Kish

    Thanks so much. You must be a genius as even the Samsung people ask you to google the problem and there you are with the solution! Thanks so much.

  • Sarah

    THANK YOU! I used this page when I got my Win7 machine. Then I had to get a new hard drive, and didn’t even think to back up my drivers. Lo and behold, the driver is no longer on the Samsung website.

    THANK YOU! I’m so glad you have it here!!! (I just bought *2* toner cartridges! It would really suck to not be able to use them!!)

  • Ted

    Thank you for your instructions! Found your site after doing Google search to find out if I could still use my printer for new system I just purchased. Am using WIN7 Professional/64-bit on Falcon Northwest-TALON PC. It worked perfectly! All I had to buy was a USB-to-USB connection cable at Office Depot. Saved me alot of $. 🙂

  • angela

    Thanks. saved my printer.

  • rp.piironen

    Thanks Matt. Works fine in W7 home prem. And philip, yes it works with USB. At least that exe-version from Matt’s link..

  • Austin

    Fantastic solution – works like a dream. Didn’t want to buy a new printer!

  • philip

    Matt, first non fix here. Using a USB cable connection on a new pc with the older printer still can’t get anything to print. Has anyone else been able to get it to work using a USB connection?

  • Rhonda

    This was the perfect cure for my Lexmark E210/Windows 7 lack of driver issue. Am printing up a storm again. Many thanks!! Not only did you save my favorite printer from SARCAN, you made my insanely expensive USB adapter purchase worthwhile! Many Thanks!

  • Nathan

    all i did was right-click extract the exe. (used winrar). right-click the printer in device manager and update driver. point it to the extracted files.

  • Bill Layman

    I have Windows 7 |Home premium 64 bit and a parallel Samsung 1210. Of course the parallel cable is hooked to a UISB adapter cable.

    I followed the above to the letter twice (the second time after a complete uninstall of the printer) and when I do a test page the 1210 wakes up but won’t print. The printer wakes up and tries top digest the data but nothing elose happens. Once after an install I rebooted the computer and a test page popped out. But never again.

    On the printers and devices screen I show only one printer (it says ML 1200) and it has the nice gren alls ok check mark and toruble shooting it fins no problems.

    Would it matter that I have another printer installed on this system?

    Anyone have any ideas that might help? I feel like quite the idiot given everyone else got the install to work just fine.

    Thanks for the help

  • TC

    It works!! Hours of frustration ended in minutes. Can someone put a ‘re-direct’ in from the Samsung Download Center to here?

  • Arn Sweatman

    Thanks SOOOO much, Matt!!!!! Worked like a charm on my Win7 machine! The OEM disks that came with the computer are worthless with this OS.

    Thanks again for the help. Thought I was gonna have to trade this ML-1210 for a free onion ring at Carl’s Jr.

  • Gemini

    Thanks a ton for a great solution. Worked like a charm and was painless. I do hope that Samsung come up with an updated driver.

  • Andy

    Matt, please clone yourself, I have many problems for you to solve. Cheers for this, it was driving me nuts!

  • Lisa


    I am not 100% sure just how I managed to get my home network originally connected together and getting the printer to work (had some phone help at the time). I originally had my ML-1210 printer installed on my desktop pc running windows xp professional via usb port with no problems. I then got a Vista Home Premium Laptop and installed the printer to that machine using the driver 20070128180408375_ML-1200_GDI_Vista. Only thing was that I had to take the laptop into the printer every time I wanted to use the printer, plug it in and then I could print from the laptop. So I connected the 2 pc’s using a home network so that I could share the printer and some folders between both pc’s. I do recall that once the home network was set up I was told to go to the printers (in Vista) and delete / uninstall the samsung printer and then I connected/shared the samsung printer which is connected to the XP machine and it now shows up in the printers section as a shared printer and I can print.
    However, I recently tried to print a document which was created using the landscape setup but when I click to the print preview (word 2003) it does not show the entire document and tells me that the margins are wrong and wants to reset the left margin to 2.67″. If I select to ignore and print it prints in portrait mode (and cuts off part of the document).
    Any suggestions on how that can be resolved?

  • BrianH

    Thanks for your guidance on this. I’ve now managed to set up on a network with both Windows 7 and Vista, both 32 bit, the Samsung printer is on the original Vista system.

    I’m now wondering if I shouldn’t delete the local printer on Windows 7 as the previous poster – then again, it doesn’t cause a problem other than the apparent inelegant appearance in the display.

  • John McC

    Thanks very much for this. It is slightly more complex to install when the printer is a Network printer on another (XP) machine. At the time I first installed it on this PC, I had to use the Lexmark E210 driver to get it to print from Vista 32-bit. Now I’ve upgraded to Windows 7 64bit and knew that at best I’d find a Vista driver of some sort, expecting to use the Lexmark ones again.

    I found it worked for me by installing the GDI driver locally first on Win 7, by running the GDI exe file downloaded from your link, and telling the install program that the printer was not connected but to go ahead anyway. (It would have been too inconvenient to move the printer over and connect it directly on USB.)

    Then I was able to Add a Printer – Network Printer – Browse for printer, select the Samsung on the XP machine, and the rest was automatic. I could then delete the originally installed local printer (maybe it will come back after a reboot!)

  • Nathan

    A cleaner way of doing it would be to extract the files from the exe available above. With winrar installed, right-click > extract.

    Now you have all the print drivers. Simply update the drivers with the ones extracted. It has both 32 and 64 bit drivers.

  • Arvind

    Thanks, worked as described, Vista Ultimate SP1 with ML-1210.

  • Jeff

    Excellent, worked great!! Windows 7 appears to be fairly agreeable with everything else.

  • Aare

    I’m joining the prevoius appraisals – thank you, it worked perfectly!

  • Julian Maytum

    Worked great (Win 7 64) and after you update the driver (device manager) it fixes the driver and removes the first printer icon!

  • Brendan

    You’re a legend Matt! Am just about to upgrade to Win7, thought I’d check if I was going to encounter any probs, and found your useful info & link to the GDI install pack. You’ve saved me some amount of stress with my upcoming install. Thanks so much.

  • pob

    Thanks! Worked perfectly for my laptop running windows 7 64-bit.

  • Narsil

    Thanks! Drivers work perfectly! And you save my day as well!

  • Kari

    Thnak you, you realy save my day with this instruction! 😀

  • gerard te meerman

    the solution works also for windows 7 32 bit. You get an ML-1200 printer visible as installed, but it works in direct mode for an ML-1210