It really seems like nothing is quite as easy as it used to be with Windows XP.
Here's another quick tip for Windows Vista users trying to scan.
Previously, pressing the Scan button on your scanner was all it would take to prompt your system (and scanner) to scan an image and send it to your favorite image editing application.
Now (at least with HP scanners it seems), you need to initiate the scan from your computer and NOT the scanner. If your software doesn't have an option to start a scan, you'll want to use the Windows Photo Gallery.
Simply launch "Windows Photo Gallery" from your start menu, open the File menu and select "Import From Scanner or Camera".
From here you'll have the option to select your scanner and go through the usual and familar options.
Aren't things supposed to get easier with Vista? However I don't know if this is an issue with my HP scanner or Windows Vista.