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cannot install printers on vista

Installation of my Canon iP2702 fails every time after 'searching preconfigured driver folders', eventually timing out. I cannot install it from disc, by downloading the latest driver, by adding a printer, or any other method. I have tried every suggestion I have found online, like deleting from registry, restarting spooler etc etc. I have tried a new printer of the same model, a different model and new lead, to no avail. The printer installs fine on another pc. Also, my original printer used to work then stopped, which is when I first encountered all these problems. I am loathe to re-format/re-install Vista due to the inevitable grief that will cause me, but it seems to be the only method left! Can anybody shed any light on this? I have noticed other users having the same problem with other hardware, but not yet seen a solution.

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