Install Canon camera software without CD

Install Canon camera software without CD

Install Canon camera software without CD
Install Canon camera software without CD

Canon’s software for their EOS cameras is quite useful.

There are regular updates available, but the problem is they are only updates – you need an original version of the EOS software installed.

Not a problem, unless you’ve lost your CD or just bought a second hand camera with no CD.

I’ve never fathomed out why this software distribution policy is to Canon’s advantage.

I’ve heard that Canon themselves are often pretty helpful, once you can find the right person on the phone…

Please don’t call us – we can’t supply software!

Obtaining the Canon Camera Software
Updates can be downloaded from Canon sites

Canon US

Canon EU

Canon EOS site (firmware)

Canon software
Method 1
Since the updaters contain full versions of the software, it’s possible to convince the installer that the software is installed by adding appropriate heys to your windows registry

Open Notepad and write (or copy/paste into Notepad) the following (exactly):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOS Utility]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\DPP]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\PhotoStitch]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOS Capture]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOSViewerUtility]

Note that you only need the entries for the software you want to install, but there’s no problem setting up everything.

Save as CanonUpdate (note .txt extension will be automatically added)

Rename the file CanonUpdate.txt as CanonUpdate.reg
Right-click on CanonUpdate.reg and select the Merge option

You’ll be prompted to see if you wish to add this info into the Registry. Answer ‘Yes’

You can now install any software update, without having the original installed.

Update for 6.3.1
To install ZoomBrowser 6.3.1, the registry key:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX]
needs to be changed to:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX\Install]
I’m told (thanks) that this has changed with Win7 x64, where the s/w currently runs in 32 bit mode, so the keys are:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\EOS Utility]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\DPP]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\PhotoStitch
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\EOS Capture]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\EOSViewerUtility]
We’re told that it is actually different. These are the latest settings that we were sent for ZoomBrowser (thanks)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\EOS Utility]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\DPP]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX\Settings]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX\Install]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\PhotoStitch]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\EOS Capture]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\EOSViewerUtility]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ODSK]
We were sent the following 7D info – thanks

For the Canon Original Data Security Tools: (found for EOS 7D)

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ODSK]
For the 7D the following regkeys:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\DPP]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOS Utility]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ODSK]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\PictureStyleEditor]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX\Install]
Following Software does not need a registry key:

Canon Raw Codec
WFT Utility
Method 2
Only for older software packages.

Use software like winrar to extract the executable file you had previously downloaded to folder XX

Navigate to XX\INSTALL\COMMON\

Run the Install.exe you find in that folder and the program should get installed with no problems.

Method 3
I’m told that this is an installable version of DPP that should just install

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