Using a Mac Scansnap 300m on a Windows PC

It looks like I wasn’t the only one that wanted to get a PC version of the Fujitsu Scansnap S300 working on a Mac.  We’ve already covered how the S300 and the S300M are the exact same hardware other than one chip ID.  Fujitsu would prefer that you bought two of these scanners if you have more than one kind of computer at home.  Lots of people weighing in on that thread, some looking to go the other way and get the Mac version ( s300M ) running on a PC.  Well thanks to Julian Droms and racerX, we now have an answer on how to get your scanner working, and it looks like a fairly simple one line fix in the driver file.
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First off, you’ll need the windows drivers – not sure where you can find those, but hopefully on a Fujitsu support site.  If anyone has used this process and knows where to download those drivers you can post it in the comments below.

Once you have the driver, go to the s300inf file (C:WindowsSSDriverS3MiniS300.inf) and look for:

Code:
[Models]
%USBFUJITSU_ScanSnapS300_____0.DeviceDesc% = S300U.Scanner,USBVID_04C5&PID_1156

;——————————————————- for WinNT

Simply add a line to that like this:

Code:
[Models]
%USBFUJITSU_ScanSnapS300_____0.DeviceDesc% = S300U.Scanner,USBVID_04C5&PID_1156
%USBFUJITSU_ScanSnapS300_____0.DeviceDesc% = S300U.Scanner,USBVID_04C5&PID_117F

;——————————————————- for WinNT

Save the file and plug in your Mac scanner to your PC.  It won’t know where to find the driver, so tell it you’ll look for the device when prompted.  Navigate to your edited driver file and select it.

Your Scansnap 300M should now work on your PC!  Feel free to post your experience with this in the comment section below, and thanks to everyone who contributed to the original post!

PLEASE NOTE: lots of useful reader comments on troubleshooting this process in the older comments.  Click here to read all comments.
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