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  • Besides removing this feature from Office during setup, is there a process to remove this virtual printer from 300 users with roaming profiles on an active directory network? We are having an issue with this printer assuming the "default printer" selection for our users. As a work around we have changed their default printer, but after they reboot or log off / on it has defaulted back to the MS Ofc doc and image writer printer.
    Thursday, April 13, 2006 5:21 PM

Answers

  • 1. Go to Control panel – Printer and fax
    2. Add Printer – select local printer attached then manual
    3. In the port option select Document image printer writer port
    4. Install a generic text only printer.
    5. Right-click on the generic text/only printer driver and select properties.
    6. Click on ports and select "Microsoft office document imaging driver port"
    7. Click on the advanced tab and change the driver to Microsoft office document image writer
    8. Click on apply and OK
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 8:10 PM
  • Per our support engineer:

    Thanks for using ISV Community Forum, according to your problem, I’m wondering whether you can simply log on the machine as administrator and delete the virtual printer (just select the icon and press del key) in Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes, after the deletion, the virtual printer will no longer appears in each user’s profile. Of course, since you’ve already installed feature, you can easily recover the virtual printer without reinstallation.

    -brenda (ISV Buddy Team)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 3:19 PM
  •  

    Microsoft recommendation to solve the issue is:

                Rename MDIMON.DLL

                Remove OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Restart

                Install  OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Restart

     I just change the repice:

               Rename MDIMON.DLL

                Remove OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Remove EXCEL

                Restart

                Install  OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Install EXCEL

                Restart

    And it WORK!!!!!!!

     

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:30 AM
  • The Microsoft Office Document Image Writer is a virtual printer and not a physical printer. It simply saves an image of the printed page.

    1.       After install you can then print to the virtual printer “Microsoft office document image writer” (which shows in the Printers control panel); when you do, it will prompt you to save the image file. When you open this file (by default the check box to automatically open it after you save it is checked) it will show an image of the printed page.

     

    Here's a good site on when and why to use this feature: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HP010771031033.aspx

     

    -brenda (ISV Buddy Team)

    Tuesday, January 9, 2007 5:03 PM

All replies

  • Per our support engineer:

    Thanks for using ISV Community Forum, according to your problem, I’m wondering whether you can simply log on the machine as administrator and delete the virtual printer (just select the icon and press del key) in Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes, after the deletion, the virtual printer will no longer appears in each user’s profile. Of course, since you’ve already installed feature, you can easily recover the virtual printer without reinstallation.

    -brenda (ISV Buddy Team)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 3:19 PM
  • Hello,

    I have the opposite problem.  I have users who have had the icon for the Office Document Image Writer deleted under Printers and Faxes.  You mention above that it is easy to reinstall the virtual printer.  Could you point me to the directions for reinstallation please?

    Thanks for your help.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 3:33 PM
  • 1. Go to Control panel – Printer and fax
    2. Add Printer – select local printer attached then manual
    3. In the port option select Document image printer writer port
    4. Install a generic text only printer.
    5. Right-click on the generic text/only printer driver and select properties.
    6. Click on ports and select "Microsoft office document imaging driver port"
    7. Click on the advanced tab and change the driver to Microsoft office document image writer
    8. Click on apply and OK
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 8:10 PM
  • Thank you!
    Thursday, May 11, 2006 2:50 PM
  • I am having a similar problem...  I am missing the Microsoft Document Image Wrinter Port:  But I have the driver.  Anyone know how to re-install the port?

    Thanks!  Jeremy

    Saturday, May 13, 2006 4:28 PM
  • I dont have the port, nor the driver on my XP installation. How do I install?

    thanks Borge

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:20 AM
  • A little bit different problem here. I was using this Microsoft Document Imaging Writer port (virtual printer) for quite some time to print what ever screen/file into a image file (mdi/tif format). This virtual printer was missing from the printer folder without I noticed it.

    I followed the instructions posted in this discussion to add back the virtual printer by selecting the "Generic / text only", change in printer property to select "Microsoft Document Imaging Writer port". I added the virtual printer successfully.

    But, I was not able to print out a mdi format file. It only able to print out a tif format file. I tried to change in property->Advance tab, change output format from tif format to mdi format. After i click print, nothing come out.

    FYI. If select output tif format, it is working fine output a tif file like what i experienced before.

    Please advice.

    Thursday, May 18, 2006 10:03 AM
  • Hi to all!

    At me a problem with installation Microsoft Office Document Image Writer under Windows 64-edition SP1 with Office 2003 Pro full instalation. On a step 3 at me in the list is not present Document image printer writer port. Somebody faced a similar problem?

    Friday, May 26, 2006 1:40 PM
  • Hi

    I did just create a port of the name "Microsoft Document Imaging Writer port" then suddenly two ports of the name existed.

    So I deleted the one I created..... But

    I can not find the "Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Driver", not on my PC, not on windows update, so please help me find the driver.

    Thanks Børge

    Monday, May 29, 2006 9:05 AM
  • Microsoft recommendation to solve the issue is:

                Rename MDIMON.DLL

                Remove OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Restart

                Install  OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Restart

     

    But nothing happened

    Any farther suggestion?

     

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:00 AM
  •  

    Microsoft recommendation to solve the issue is:

                Rename MDIMON.DLL

                Remove OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Restart

                Install  OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Restart

     I just change the repice:

               Rename MDIMON.DLL

                Remove OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Remove EXCEL

                Restart

                Install  OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGING

                Install EXCEL

                Restart

    And it WORK!!!!!!!

     

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:30 AM
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    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 3:53 PM
  • OK, this installed the Office document image writer but users are reporting that when they send files to it, they don't know where to find them.  Please advise.  Thanks.
    Thursday, June 8, 2006 4:10 PM

  • This procedure adds the printer icon in "Printers and Faxes" but you can not send a document there.  Even though you are prompted for a place to save the .mdi, one does not get saved.  The proper way to reinstall the MS Office document and image writer is:

    1. Delete the icon if you created one under Printers and Faxes

    2. Go to Control Panel Add or Remove Programs

    3. Click on MS Office and select Change

    4. Select Detect and repair errors in my Office installation.

    5. Click on Install

    When the repair has been made the Office document and image writer will appear under Printers and Faxes.  Print a test page and you will get a preview of the page before it is sent.  You will need an ID with Admin rights to perform these changes.

    Thursday, June 8, 2006 8:18 PM
  • I followed the instructions above, however I don't see Document Image Printer Writer as a port option.  What am I missing and how can I get it installed?  Thanks.
    Friday, June 9, 2006 9:34 PM
  • I have Office XP with Microsoft Document Image but I cannot find the Image writer print driver.

    If I try to add printer it does not appear under the list of port options.

    What can I do?

    Jules Reed

    Monday, June 19, 2006 11:38 AM
  • What application can be used to view an MDI file?

    I tried the "Use the Web service", but it did not find anything.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Eric

    Sunday, June 25, 2006 1:30 PM
  • Hi,

    I found the solution for my previous problem:

    "But, I was not able to print out a mdi format file. It only able to print out a tif format file. I tried to change in property->Advance tab, change output format from tif format to mdi format. After i click print, nothing come out. "

    Steps to solve the MS Doc Image writer output file to print *.mdi format:

    1. Go to "Printers & Faxes"

    2. Right click on MS Image writer, select Properties.

    3. Select Advanced tab.

    4. Select Print Processor.

    5. Choose Modiprint.

    Done! I can print & output an *.mdi format now.

    Wednesday, June 28, 2006 2:04 PM
  • Go to START  - PROGAMS - MICROSOFT OFFICE - MICROSOFT OFFICE TOOLS - MICROSOFT OFFICE DOCUMENT IMAGE

    Open the document.

    By

    Thursday, June 29, 2006 4:49 AM
  • Thanks. This saved me. I have been uninstalling-reinstalling over and over and the darned image print wouldn't work.  Did the 'Modiprint' and bingo.  Just can't figure why a complete install didn't put the image printer/writer back.

    ANYhow, back in business thanks to that last tip from G_C_Hoo

     

    Saturday, August 19, 2006 8:16 PM
  • 2 things:

    1. I don't have the option to select the imaging port

    2. I've attempted to create a new imaging port as mentioned somewhere else in this bulletin board and it didn't work.  I have XP (OS and Office).

    Any suggestions on how I can create the port and then use imaging as my printer??  I already repaired the Office installation and it did not work either.  Thanks.

    Saturday, August 26, 2006 9:29 PM
  • did you ever get an answer for this?  I have the same problem.  I've tried creating the new port and it didn't let me.
    Saturday, August 26, 2006 9:33 PM
  • Tried this (repair by reinstalling Microsoft 2003) and got an error message. I wans't able to complete the install because it was missing a *.cab file. Please help. I just want to be able to add the virtual printer (Microsoft Document Imaging) so I can save files without a hard copy printing. Thank you.

    jurubio@yahoo.com

    Sunday, September 3, 2006 12:30 AM
  • This worked! I selected "Modprint" "raw"

    I'm able to print preview and print *.mdi documents again. Thanks G. Hoo! You're a genius!!!!

    Sunday, September 3, 2006 2:26 AM
  • I think I am having the same problem with my computer. I have a new Pentium 4 with Windows XP and a brand new Epson printer. Just the other night I installed Office 2003 on my computer and the very next time I tried to print, there was a huge problem. I checked under installed printers and my Epson was there, but there was also a "MS Office document...printer" or something like that too. I figured that when I installed Office, another printer driver was installed...? So, I uninstalled my printer, deleted the "MS Office..." one, restarted my computer and then reinstalled my original printer.

    Now my computer finally recognizes the right printer and there is no other one installed, but it still will not print. I'm one step closer because the computer at least recognizes that there IS a print job, but it just remains "pending" and does not actually PRINT. My printer status is showing a "communication error" but I know that everything is plugged in as it should be and the software is definitely installed.

    This is a disaster for me because I'm a student and so is my roommate. We both rely on this printer quite heavily and don't have the money to send anything in to be fixed.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?? What's gone wrong here and why? I've been battling with this for 24 hours and am completely out of ideas. ANY help will be so, so appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Wednesday, September 6, 2006 3:30 AM
  • Hi,

    None of the postings here have been helpful for me...  Although I have MS Document Imaging installed (I've re-installed Office and repaired it as well), I don't have an option to print as image.  I've tried everything here such as:

    1) tried to create a port and my computer doesn't let me (XP Home).  I don't have the option to select the imaging port;

    2) can't find the driver for the imaging printer (if I install "generic/text only" printer, as mentioned somewhere in here, I can't change the port to imaging port b/c I cannot create one in the first place)

    3) I've repaired Office and it still didn't work.  The MS document imaging application is installed and it works fine but I still can't print as image.

    Please help.

    Thanks,

    Fred Campos (camposfa@msn.com)

    Thursday, September 14, 2006 9:46 PM
  • Jules,

    Did you ever get this resolved?  I have the same problem and in my case I can't even add a port.

    Thanks,

    Fred

    Thursday, September 14, 2006 9:47 PM
  • My MS Office doscument image writer vanshied off the computer about a month ago.  I have tried many of the things suggested in this post:

    add/remove prgroams doesn't work

    repair and reinstall Office don't work

    I don't have a choice of ms document office writer printer port, so I can't select it when trying to install a new printer.

    Any other suggestions?

     

    thanks

    rebecca

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006 5:37 AM
  • I am having problems too.  I don't have the generic text option, when I try to reinstall the writer.  I think I've tried everything that has been suggested
    Tuesday, September 26, 2006 6:07 PM
  • Hi, I have another question. I need to extract the subset of the install files from the MS Office 2003 Pro install CD, for my user to install the Microsoft Office Document Imaging Writer printer driver and Microsoft Office Document Imaging component. What files or from which folder in the install CD should I copy from? Appreciate any advise and feedback. Thanks in advance!
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 4:25 AM
  • Hi.

    Did anyone actually solve the original problem of this thread?

    I have 35 computers on a network that all keep changing their default printer to the Microsoft document image writer, everytime they logoff/logon.

    If you delete the Microsoft document image writer, it then just deselects the printer you have set as default, leaving no default printer.

    The workstations are all Win XP Pro SP2, running Office 2003.

    The server is Windows 2003

    Cheers,

    Glyn.

    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 2:53 PM
  • Thanks gtom808, this was very helpful
    Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:22 PM
  • Hello all - I had the same problem and figured out the solution.

    No matter what I tried, after each login, Microsoft Office Document Image Writer was selected as the default printer.

    After playing around with my startup items in msconfig I figured out the culprit.  It turns out that it had something to do with another program I had running - the ASUS Wireless LAN Control Center.  I had an older version of this program. 

    After updating to the latest version from the ASUS website ( version 2.8.8.7), the default printer will stay as the one that I select.

    Hope this helps somebody else,

     

    Cheers

    Wednesday, October 18, 2006 5:08 PM
  • saguitargirl,

    Did you get this problem resolved? 

    Sunday, October 22, 2006 8:21 AM
  • Hi Glyn,

    Ok, hopefully this helps if you haven't received or found a solution.  Where I work we have 35 computers in one department that uses the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer.  We are running the the workstations just the same as you.  We have found that if the users do not have Admin rights, any changes they make will not be saved it will default back to the settings done under Administrator. 

    I would suggest logging onto each computer as administrator and changing the printer default to the printer you wish to use.  Do a test print, then reboot the computer and log back in under administrator and check to see if the default has remained.  If it has, then I suggest you log off and log in as the user of the computer and check to see if their default is the standard printer you wish to use.

    If you have an in house support staff for the computers, I would suggest contacting them to help in setting this up.  If this doesn't work, you may need to give each user admin rights to accept the default changes. 

    Hope this helps,

    Cathleen

    Sunday, October 22, 2006 8:35 AM
  • Cathleen,

    No, i still have not found a solution to my problem.  i spent over 2 hours on the phone with Epson and the poor guys on that end tried everything they could, but eventually we had to conclude that it's more a question for the guys at Microsoft.

    Any help would be SO greatly appreciated!

    Sunday, October 22, 2006 3:54 PM
  • Hi Cathleen.

    Thanks for the advice, but the users already have local admin rights on their machines..

    The frustrating thing is, this only started happening a couple of weeks ago, yet nothing has changed on the network to cause this. I'm at a loss to think what it could be :o(

    I'll try logging in as administrator on one of them as a test anyway, just in case.

    Cheers,

    Glyn.

    Monday, October 23, 2006 1:33 PM
  •  GTH wrote:
    Besides removing this feature from Office during setup, is there a process to remove this virtual printer from 300 users with roaming profiles on an active directory network? We are having an issue with this printer assuming the "default printer" selection for our users. As a work around we have changed their default printer, but after they reboot or log off / on it has defaulted back to the MS Ofc doc and image writer printer.


    I have the same issue and so far no viable answer has been given to permanently remove this printer from these workstations without going to them individually, logging in as an admin and deleting it.  This is great until Microsoft pushes an office update that re-installs it and here we go again.

    How can you permanently remove the MS Office Image Writer from all these systems as a whole?
    Monday, October 23, 2006 3:28 PM
  • I have the same configuration and am lacking the port as well.
    Monday, October 23, 2006 5:56 PM
  • It looks like this thread was extremely hijacked. It started in removing, then drifted over to reinstalling it. What the??????????? 

    And anyone that thinks hand touching 300 Computers is the way to handle this obviously has way to much time on their hands.  

    The only way I can see removing this, is with a login script. That checks for it each time, if it comes back it will be deleted again and again.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2006 7:19 PM
  • Where can I find the Microsoft Document Image Writer Port driver?

    Thanks

    Luis

    Thursday, October 26, 2006 2:50 PM
  • saguitargirl,

    You may need to uninstall Office Professional 2003.  Once you have test to see if your printer is recognised and prints by doing a test print.  If it does, then try re installing office Professional 2003.  Once you have done this, go to printers/faxes and make sure that your Epson printer is the default printer.  Once you have do a test print to see if this works.  You can then have the MS Office Document Image Writer as a printer, just make sure it is not your default printer. 

    This is the best suggestion that I can give as I don't have an Epson printer.  Mine are HP and Cannon.

     

    Sunday, October 29, 2006 5:45 AM
  • Thanks this worked for me too. The original MDI just vanished. Been missing it for a while.
    Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:13 PM
  • Cathleen,

    Unfortunately, I had already tried your suggestion (more than once, sadly!) and it did not help at all.

    The only advice the guys at Epson could give me was to restore my computer and see if it helps.
    Having never "restored" a computer before, I'm slightly hesitant to do so.

    Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:29 AM
  • I have a visual basic script with you can add to your loginscript what will change your standard printer. With a Kix32 loginscript you even can install a different default printer for each pc by it's Mac-adress

    The script looks like this:

    ' SetDefaultPrinter.vbs - Windows logon script example
    ' PrintersDefault.vbs - Set the default printer
    ' VBScript - to map a network printer
    ' Michiel Bastianen  http://www.cptunings.nl
    ' Version 1.4 - April 24th 2005
    ' -----------------------------------------------------------------'
    Option Explicit
    Dim objNetwork, strUNCPrinter
    strUNCPrinter = "\\LittleServer\HP LaserJet 2420"
    Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
    objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection strUNCPrinter

    ' Here is where we set the default printer to strUNCPrinter
    objNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter strUNCPrinter
    WScript.Echo "Check the Printers folder for : " & strUNCPrinter

    WScript.Quit

    ' End of Michiel's Windows logon example VBScript.

    Saturday, November 4, 2006 9:57 AM
  • Normally if you reinstall Microsoft office 2003 in control panel, printer appears automatically with the right port...

    However, I have also another problem: I have a user who can't save under mdi format when he prints a document with Microsoft office document image writer. He can save under tiff format and when you log on as administrator you also can save an mdi file without problems. I already removed the printer reinstalled office: same problem: THe mdi file is not visible when you print under a normal user account...

    Has anyone any idea how this weird problem can be solved?

     

    Saturday, November 4, 2006 12:06 PM
  • This will remove the printer in question:

    cscript c:\windows\system32\prnmngr.vbs -d -p "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer"

    I'm not positive if it only works as admin or if it can be run with sub-admin privileges. How you want to get this particular command line function out to people is up to you.

    Friday, November 10, 2006 12:54 AM
  • To Add the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer printer back in, you can do three things:

    I've had success with all of these solutions:

    Solution 1.
    Type the following into a command prompt window: (unsure if you have to be admin or not)
    cscript c:\windows\system32\prnmngr.vbs -a -p "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer" -m "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Driver" -r "Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Port:"

    Solution 2. (Not mine, borrowed from somewhere else.)
    1. Close all running applications. If you have any Office application running, the driver will not be installed properly.
    2. Go to the "Control Panel" and "Add or Remove Programs".
    3. Click on"Microsoft Office 2003" and then click on "Change".
    4. Check "Add or Remove Features" and click "Next".
    5. On the bottom of the page check "Choose advanced customization of applications." and click "Next".
    6. Under Microsoft Office click on the + sign in front of "Office Tools"
    7. Locate "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Not Available".
    8. Click on "Update". This will uninstall the MODI driver.
    9. Repeat steps 1 to 6 to go back to the same location you were before.
    10. Locate the object "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Run from My Computer".
    11. Click on "Update".

    Solution 3. (Also not mine)
    1. Go to Control panel - Printer and fax
    2. Add Printer - select local printer attached (Unselect detect Plug N Play)
    3. In the port option select Microsoft Document Image Printer Writer Port
    4. Select and install a generic manufacturer and use text only printer.
    5. Right-click on the generic text/only printer driver and select properties.
    6. Click on ports and select "soft Office Document Imaging Driver Port".
    7. Click on the advanced tab and change the driver to Microsoft Office Document Image Writer.
    8. Click on apply and OK.

    Friday, November 10, 2006 1:00 AM
  • Ex:

    Your three solutions did not work for me.  I have office professional instead of 2003.  The script command gave me a win32 error code 1797.  Your second solution options is different in office professional, I guess.  There was not a "Choose advanced customization of applications" as an option.  Solution three did not work because Microsoft Document Image Printer Writer Port is not listed as an option. 

    My Microsoft Office Document Imaging was always a print option for me (for the last year) until just recently.  Now it is not in the printer folders.  I tried repairing the software with no luck.  I then completely removed and re-installed the whole office program.  Still nothing. 

    ps  My problem seems to coincide with having "erasure" and "ccleaner" just recently downloaded.  Could be just a coincidence.

    Friday, November 10, 2006 3:12 AM
  •  Ex wrote:

    Solution 2. (Not mine, borrowed from somewhere else.)
    1. Close all running applications. If you have any Office application running, the driver will not be installed properly.
    2. Go to the "Control Panel" and "Add or Remove Programs".
    3. Click on"Microsoft Office 2003" and then click on "Change".
    4. Check "Add or Remove Features" and click "Next".
    5. On the bottom of the page check "Choose advanced customization of applications." and click "Next".
    6. Under Microsoft Office click on the + sign in front of "Office Tools"
    7. Locate "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Not Available".
    8. Click on "Update". This will uninstall the MODI driver.
    9. Repeat steps 1 to 6 to go back to the same location you were before.
    10. Locate the object "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Run from My Computer".
    11. Click on "Update".

     

     

    This solution worked for me!!

    thanks so much

    Friday, November 10, 2006 4:12 AM
  • I know this is not part of the original thread, but I am still having problems.  (see above).   Someone wrote prior about having to rename a .dll file and then reloading.  Would this solve my problem?  If so, when you rename that particular .dll file, what is the new name you should use?  Or do you use the same name?

    Ex:  your step 5 above is not an option for me.  Do you have Microsoft Office Professional?

    Friday, November 10, 2006 3:02 PM
  • I do have Office Proffesional, and the steps I listed above worked for me, admittedly every situation is going to be different depending on how you installed it in the first place, malware on your system, etc.
    Friday, November 10, 2006 4:34 PM
  • I would like to know how to print from the MS Office Doc &Image Writer. Each time I attempt to print, I only have the option to "Save" my document. This process repeats when I try to print from any "saved" file.

    I have Office 2003 and the Image Writer driver installed.

    Tuesday, January 2, 2007 9:17 PM
  • The Microsoft Office Document Image Writer is a virtual printer and not a physical printer. It simply saves an image of the printed page.

    1.       After install you can then print to the virtual printer “Microsoft office document image writer” (which shows in the Printers control panel); when you do, it will prompt you to save the image file. When you open this file (by default the check box to automatically open it after you save it is checked) it will show an image of the printed page.

     

    Here's a good site on when and why to use this feature: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HP010771031033.aspx

     

    -brenda (ISV Buddy Team)

    Tuesday, January 9, 2007 5:03 PM
  •  

    I have a different but related issue.

    I have a domain controler that is accessed via Terminal services for administration.

    however each time i connect to the serever an error is generated inthe event log.  error 1111

    basically... because terminal service remaps printers apon login, it trieds to remap my office doccument image printer but as office is not installed on the domain controller it can't and generates an error.

    Is there a way to install an instance of this printer on the server without installing office??

    OR

    Is there a way to suppress the error message.

    I have found a registry edit to solve the issue for 200 server (i have 2003)  but i would prefer not edit the registry if i can help it.

     

    Thanks in advance

    Friday, January 19, 2007 12:58 AM
  • Hi   simillar problem but I thought it was just office 2007    had Microsoft Office Document Print Options in Office 2003  and in Office 2007 Beta  but when I Installed Office 2007 Full  retail on three networked pc's running XP Vista x86 and Vista x64 the MODP disapeared on all of these      it is now replaced by the XPS doc (but the beta 2007 had both XPS and MODP)     I think this may be connected to the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0    is this possible?????
    Sunday, February 4, 2007 3:19 PM
  • Also had trouble reinstalling Image Writer and tried the above with no success.  Came across MS Knowledgebase Article 319114.

    Followed the article instructions, then repaired MS Office.  Image Writer Print Driver is back and working fine.

    Monday, February 5, 2007 5:02 AM
  • I'll see if I can track down some answers for you. In the meantime, here is the link to one of the Office forums (filtered by document image writer).

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/default.mspx?query=document+image+writer&dg=microsoft.public.office.misc&cat=en-us-office-office&lang=en&cr=US&pt=3a4e9862-cdce-4bdc-8664-91038e3eb1e9&catlist=&dglist=&ptlist=&exp=&sloc=en-us

    -brenda (ISV Buddy Team)

    Wednesday, February 7, 2007 4:20 PM
  • Check your OS if it's a 64 bit.  If so, then you will experience an error if you happen to have it installed successfully.  This issue occurs by design because the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer printer driver is not installed on a computer that is running a 64-bit operating system.  Installing it will just give you errors upon using it.  It will also affect fax services but ther is a workaround with it.  Cheers....
    Thursday, February 8, 2007 3:19 PM
  • Appologies for the change in this thread it did indeed start out quite different to my problem at the moment.    To continue from my post (2 up from here)  I regurlarly send ducuments as MODI to an office, since I upgraded to Office 2007 and .Net Framework 3.0 I can no longer print to MODI, and if I print to XPS then the reciever can only read my docs if they install .Net Framework 3.0, they have done this but can no longer use printer etc and have to restore to carry on as they were. I have made a promise I will send no more XPS docs. I have now dedicated a PC to Office 2003 and .Net Framework 2.0 so I can send MODI.

    My question is simply is it possible to get MODI Writer as a print option in Office 2007 as it was in the beta.

    Or do I have to leave a PC with old software untill everyone I know has upgraded.

    Or (not so helpfull to me) should it be possible for the receiver to read XPS docs without having to restore office or pc in order to use printer etc.

    Friday, February 9, 2007 7:42 AM
  • Hi all,

    I didn't take the time to read every post for this thread, but I too have had the same problem crop up all of a sudden. The difference is that my daughter had created what she thought was a Word document and it actually defaulted to the Document Imaging program. Once she had saved it, she could only re-save and not print. I have Windows XP PRofessional Svc Pack 2. What I did was take the advice I found in one of the first responses to go into the Control Panel and when I got there I just opened the "printers and other hardware" link to see what I would find. Next I opened the "view installed printers or fax printers" link. What I found was that the Microsoft software had added the Document Imaging "virtual printer" to my available hardware page and shown it as the default option. I just removed that printer and then my original printer went back to the default and I was able to print my document. I hope this helps someone else.

    Beverly

    Monday, March 5, 2007 10:41 PM
  • To update the above post , I have now been able to get microsoft office 2007 to print to office document image writer. By trying to open a MODI file (created on a pc with office 2003) with a pc which has office 2007 installed I was directed to the usual site for unknown file type and then prompted how to enable office document image writer in office 2007. So I can now print to office document image but the file saves as a tif not as a MODI file. I cannot find MODIR program to set as the default file viewer  but have found that if you can select MODIR from start menu (recent used programs) and open the tif file you can save as MODI. This is a long way round to do what I can do with office 2003 but for me problem solved ish. I hope this helps someone and if anyone can let me know how to make office 2007 MODIW perform as office 2003 MODIW I would be very greateful.   Thanks Simon
    Tuesday, March 6, 2007 6:13 PM
  • Update,   whilst it does not appear possible (unless I am mistaken) to select MODIR to open tif documents through the usual default program way it is possible through the options in MODIR and you can also select to save the initial print as MODI in this way too.   Open MODI either by recent programs in start menu or by Start, Programs, Office, Office Tools, Microsoft Office Document Imaging. Then when the program is open select Tools, Options, Other,    in this window you can select to open tiff docs with MODIR (but other assosiation settings may override this) . Selecting file import preferences opens a window where the print image can be changed from tiff to MDI (MODI) .  So, as far as printing to a file, making office 2007 behave as office 2003 default or as was in office 2007 beta.
    Tuesday, March 6, 2007 7:56 PM
  • I didn't found "MS Office document Image writer" driver as you described at step 7. Could you please show me how to find it ?

    Thank you

    Sunday, April 8, 2007 6:11 PM
  • 1. Go to Control panel – Printer and fax
    2. Add Printer – select local printer attached then manual
    3. In the port option select Document image printer writer port
    4. Install a generic text only printer.
    5. Right-click on the generic text/only printer driver and select properties.
    6. Click on ports and select "Microsoft office document imaging driver port"
    7. Click on the advanced tab and change the driver to Microsoft office document image writer

    on the advanced tab you have to click on the "Print Processor..." Button and change it to ModiPrint.
    8. Click on apply and OK

     

     

    Well this almost worked for me. However it would not create the file. after royaly frying my office install i eventually uninstalled regcleaned and did various other things to try to fix this but it did not work. Finally i think i have it. All of the above is correct EXCEPT that when you go to the driver page  on the advanced tab you have to click on the "Print Processor..." Button and change it to ModiPrint. That fied my problem.
    Monday, June 4, 2007 6:55 PM
  • I had all kinds of troubles getting the printer and port to appear after trying to install the Office 2007 Document Imaging. I have finally stumbled upon a solution and thought that I would share it.

    The installation failed because the Windows printer installer looks for the file framedyn.dll in the system path and does not find it. This DLL is supposed to be located under a wbem directory in system32 and the system path is supposed to point to that directory.

    However it seems that under some installations, the system path contains a space character after the wbem directory or before it, which prevents Windows XP from finding this DLL.

    Check to see if the path of that dll is "%SystemRoot%\system32\WBEM " with a space after wbem (or before it). If this is the case, please remove it and try reinstalling. (My Computer, system info, advanced, environment variables, system variables, path).

    If that space isn't in there, copy the framedyn.dll file to the "c:\windows\system32\" directory and reinstall after that.

    I suggest the following steps
    1. Remove document imaging
    2. Fix framedyn.dll as described above
    3. Reinstall all document imaging.

    It worked for office 2007 and xp sp2 for me.

    PS to Microsoft - Why why WHY did you not put it in for me after i installed over Office 2003? And why no error message about not finding the above file?
    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:18 PM
  • HELLO I FOLLOWED YOUR STEPS, BUT I'M  HAVING TROUBLE WITH STEP#5- WHEN I RIGHT- CLICK ON THE GENERIC TEXT/ONLY PRINTER DRIVER , IT ONLY SHOWES ME" WHATS THIS?" OPTION  PLEASE ADVISE.
     THANKS IN ADVANCED.
      TWIN#2
    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:30 PM
  • I've followed your directions however the microsoft office document image writer still isn't working.  I'm running vista and MS office 2007

     

    Sunday, September 2, 2007 7:13 PM
  • I can complete all the steps up through #7.  On my advanced tab there is no option of Microsoft office document image writer in the drop down.  How can I get it back? 

     

    Sunday, September 30, 2007 2:30 AM
  • Try this, it was posted in this forum by MTEJEDA on June 1, 2006. I've tried it many times because every 4 or 6 months my desktop "loses" Document Image Writer. It's worked every time for me. Good luck.

     

    1 Rename MDIMON.DLL, you can call it MDIMON.OLD or anything you choose

    2 Remove EXCEL

    3 Remove DOCUMENT IMAGING

    4 RESTART

    5 Reinstall  EXCEL

    6 Reinstall DOCUMENT IMAGING

     

    Sunday, September 30, 2007 9:30 PM
  • I am using a 64-bit machine and running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Software. Microsoft has stated that the printer driver is not available by design, and you have stated that there is a "workaround". Would you please share that workaround? I am not in need of the fax service, only the need to create tiff files from Word, Excel, and other documents.

     

    I am being told to load and use Adobe Acrobat, but Adobe documents require conversion to be inserted into Word and other documents. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Merci beaucoup d'avance.

     

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 3:40 PM
  • Document Image Writer is part of MS Office, so it shouldn't matter what XP version you have.

     

    If you have Microsoft Office installed, go to Start - Settings - Control panel - Add or remove programs - Microsoft Office. Click on it and click on "change". Select "Add or remove features." Check the box for Advanced Customization and click next. Here you can see what you should see next: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14872125@N08/?saved=1

    If you see Image Writer, make sure it's selected. If it's selected and you don't see it when you try to print, go to my previous posting and follow the instructions.

     

    Bonne chance!!

     

     

     

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007 12:37 PM
  • Merci for the rapide response, but I can't find the MS Document Image Printer driver anywhere on my system. Searched Microsoft website, but could not find anything.

     

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007 6:05 PM
  • quel version de Microsoft Office es que vous avez?... 2003?... 2007?

     

    Thursday, October 11, 2007 4:50 PM
  • 2003?

    Thursday, October 11, 2007 5:12 PM
  • I don't have the French version of MS Office 2003 but in the US version MS Image Writer is loaded by default (Note for other readers: this is not the case with 2007).

     

    You will not find a driver for Image Writer. Nor will you find it anywhere in Start - All programs. 

     

    To see it you have to go to Control Panel - Add or remove programs, page down to Microsoft Office, click on it and choose Change.

     

    Now select Add or Remove Features and click Next.

     

    Click on the box to the left of "Choose advanced customization of applications" to select it. Click Next.

     

    Now you'll be looking at the MS Office screen. Click on the +sign next to Office Tools. Page down and you'll see Microsoft Office Document Imaging (if you don't see it, je regrette de ne pas vous aider).

     

    Follow these instructions:

     

    1 Rename MDIMON.DLL

    2 Remove EXCEL

    3 Remove DOCUMENT IMAGING

     

    4 RESTART

     

    5 Reinstall  EXCEL

    6 Reinstall DOCUMENT IMAGING

     

    7 RESTART

     

    "He conquers who endures" - Perseus

     

    Sunday, October 14, 2007 2:55 PM
  •  

    I've seen a number of the posts with this information.  I went through the steps above, but was still printing to .tif, which did me no good. 

     

    But then I clicked on the ''Printing Defaults..." button, which is next to the "Print Processor..." button, and that solved all of my problems. 

     

    Under Printing defaults, click the "Advanced" tab, and there you can select the output formats.  For some reason, mine was set to Tif, but you can easily select .MDI as well.  This solved all of my problems. 

     

    To augment the steps above, following step 7, changing to modiprint:

     

    8. Click on the '''Printing Defaults..." and choose the 'Advanced' tab

    9. Choose .MDI option and press 'OK' to save the changes.

    10. Click 'OK' to Exit the Properties window

     

     

    I hope this helps.

    Thursday, November 1, 2007 6:25 PM
  • Did you ever ger an answer to your question of option to select the Imaging port in the printer section?

    Thanks

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 4:38 PM
  • Non. I have tried all of the suggestions listed above to no avail. For whatever reason the MS document image writer driver (or anything close) can not be found on that unit; 64-bit operating system using Windows Professional x64 Edition.

     

    I have been told that "this is by design" on the MS operating systems, but if this is the case then why can I purchase aftermarket drivers to solve the problem?

     

    Le Fitch

     

    Thursday, November 15, 2007 3:20 PM
  • This worked!!!!!!!!

    I  added a General/Text printer on Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Port (Local Port).
    changed the driver to Microsoft Document Image Writer Driver.

    The printer installed and seemed to work but would not do anything.

    I did what g_c_hoo said and now it works fine!
    Monday, December 17, 2007 10:52 PM
  • Please let me have the reply to your question.

     

     

    Thursday, January 17, 2008 2:34 PM
  • I can not seem to install the Document Image Writer on a machine running Office 2002. The port doesn't show up. I've tried downloads and the disc that came with the machine but no luck. Any suggestions?

    Saturday, January 19, 2008 7:29 PM
  •  

    Monday, January 21, 2008 5:12 AM
  • ALL these instructions are PERFECT! It did the trick.

    I didn't need to follow beyond " Follow these instructions" section that you posted.

    The wording was slightly different but not difficult to navigate through since i'm using MS Office Professional Plus 2007.
    Saturday, February 16, 2008 11:16 PM
  • Just had my Document Image Writer disappear and tried many of the other things suggested up to this point (including repairing and just trying to reinstall, bt finally "Solution 2" below worked.  I think it was the process of turning it off/uninstalling, then reinstalling that did it.  Thank You!!!

     

     Ex wrote:

    To Add the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer printer back in, you can do three things:

    I've had success with all of these solutions:

    Solution 1.
    Type the following into a command prompt window: (unsure if you have to be admin or not)
    cscript c:\windows\system32\prnmngr.vbs -a -p "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer" -m "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Driver" -r "Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Port:"

    Solution 2. (Not mine, borrowed from somewhere else.)
    1. Close all running applications. If you have any Office application running, the driver will not be installed properly.
    2. Go to the "Control Panel" and "Add or Remove Programs".
    3. Click on"Microsoft Office 2003" and then click on "Change".
    4. Check "Add or Remove Features" and click "Next".
    5. On the bottom of the page check "Choose advanced customization of applications." and click "Next".
    6. Under Microsoft Office click on the + sign in front of "Office Tools"
    7. Locate "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Not Available".
    8. Click on "Update". This will uninstall the MODI driver.
    9. Repeat steps 1 to 6 to go back to the same location you were before.
    10. Locate the object "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Run from My Computer".
    11. Click on "Update".

    Solution 3. (Also not mine)
    1. Go to Control panel - Printer and fax
    2. Add Printer - select local printer attached (Unselect detect Plug N Play)
    3. In the port option select Microsoft Document Image Printer Writer Port
    4. Select and install a generic manufacturer and use text only printer.
    5. Right-click on the generic text/only printer driver and select properties.
    6. Click on ports and select "soft Office Document Imaging Driver Port".
    7. Click on the advanced tab and change the driver to Microsoft Office Document Image Writer.
    8. Click on apply and OK.

    Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:28 PM
  • We have just started having this same problem. Did you fine a solution? If so, please share.

     

    Thanks!

    DJ

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008 7:09 PM
  •  

    Mary you are a LIFE SAVER - I followed your instructions and they worked beautifully!  THANK YOU!
    Friday, March 21, 2008 7:38 PM
  • I had deleted Document Image Writer somehow and Solution 2 worked like a charm! Thanks All!

     wahoowah wrote:

    Just had my Document Image Writer disappear and tried many of the other things suggested up to this point (including repairing and just trying to reinstall, bt finally "Solution 2" below worked.  I think it was the process of turning it off/uninstalling, then reinstalling that did it.  Thank You!!!

     

     Ex wrote:

    To Add the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer printer back in, you can do three things:

    I've had success with all of these solutions:

    Solution 1.
    Type the following into a command prompt window: (unsure if you have to be admin or not)
    cscript c:\windows\system32\prnmngr.vbs -a -p "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer" -m "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Driver" -r "Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Port:"

    Solution 2. (Not mine, borrowed from somewhere else.)
    1. Close all running applications. If you have any Office application running, the driver will not be installed properly.
    2. Go to the "Control Panel" and "Add or Remove Programs".
    3. Click on"Microsoft Office 2003" and then click on "Change".
    4. Check "Add or Remove Features" and click "Next".
    5. On the bottom of the page check "Choose advanced customization of applications." and click "Next".
    6. Under Microsoft Office click on the + sign in front of "Office Tools"
    7. Locate "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Not Available".
    8. Click on "Update". This will uninstall the MODI driver.
    9. Repeat steps 1 to 6 to go back to the same location you were before.
    10. Locate the object "Microsoft Office Document Imaging", click the icon and select "Run from My Computer".
    11. Click on "Update".

    Solution 3. (Also not mine)
    1. Go to Control panel - Printer and fax
    2. Add Printer - select local printer attached (Unselect detect Plug N Play)
    3. In the port option select Microsoft Document Image Printer Writer Port
    4. Select and install a generic manufacturer and use text only printer.
    5. Right-click on the generic text/only printer driver and select properties.
    6. Click on ports and select "soft Office Document Imaging Driver Port".
    7. Click on the advanced tab and change the driver to Microsoft Office Document Image Writer.
    8. Click on apply and OK.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008 6:28 AM
  • You are a genius! This should not have been so hard to find or figure out. Thanks so much, you did it!

     

    Monday, November 17, 2008 12:39 AM
  • What you did was deleted your printer driver. All you had to do was set your printer as default. At this point you should contact your printer's manufacturer customer support if reinstalling the driver doesn't work. Try setting your printer to default printer by right clicking on it and select default printer from the list. Microsoft document imaging is an addon with office 03 and is awesome. It has saved me a lot of ink and paper by allowing me to print out or scan documents, edit them with text or drawing tool, then email or fax them. coreyaray@yahoo.com
    Thursday, November 20, 2008 12:15 AM
  • Thanx A ToNN Dude. This s de solution..........
    Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:05 AM
  • I tried solutions 1 and 3, with no success.  For solution 1, I got the response:
    Unable to add printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Error 0x80041001 Getneric Failure
    Operation PutInstance
    Provider Win32 Provider
    Description The printer driver is unknown.
    Win32 error code 1797.

    For solution 3, I didn't have the port option of "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer".

    I don't know if solution 2 will work because I have office 2007.

    Are there any suggestions?
    Friday, August 21, 2009 9:48 PM
  • Hi

    We are developing an application which uses MODI 11.0 type library, which ships with the MS Office 2003, for OCR functionalities. Everything seems to be working fine with the development machines which are having Windows 7. Now we want to install the application in our server machine which runs Windows 2003 Server OS (with SP2). But the MODI doesnt seem to be working in the server machine. Everytime we try running the OCR on a document, it gives me the following error:

     

    "Object hasn't been initialized and can't be used yet
    at MODI.DocumentClass.OCR(MiLANGUAGES LangId, Boolean OCROrientImage, Boolean OCRStraightenImage)"

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 6:39 AM
  • One of the easiest answer. Thanks buddy... It is done...
    • Proposed as answer by Najam Khan Sunday, December 26, 2010 9:14 AM
    Sunday, December 26, 2010 9:14 AM
  • 1. Go to Control panel – Printer and fax
    2. Add Printer – select local printer attached then manual
    3. In the port option select Document image printer writer port
    4. Install a generic text only printer.
    5. Right-click on the generic text/only printer driver and select properties.
    6. Click on ports and select "Microsoft office document imaging driver port"
    7. Click on the advanced tab and change the driver to Microsoft office document image writer
    8. Click on apply and OK

    • Proposed as answer by Najam Khan Sunday, December 26, 2010 9:14 AM
    Sunday, December 26, 2010 9:14 AM
  • Open the office app

    Go to File / Print
    Select Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
    Open Properties
    Open advanced
    Change Output Format to MDI
    done

     

    Sometimes live is simple

    Thursday, January 13, 2011 10:35 AM
  • Thanks this problem happened today (23/09/2011) and your solution resolved the problem.
    Friday, September 23, 2011 4:14 PM