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Install Canon camera software without CD PDF Manual

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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 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


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:
  • 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\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\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]

We were sent the following 7D info – thanks

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


For the 7D the following regkeys:

  • [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


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

Canon software for Windows 7

Canon compatibility guide [PDF] See also latest s/w [Canon]

Includes Canon Windows 7 compatability info for printers and scanners too.

On a Mac

There is no registry as such in Mac OS X

However there is a DPP V1 file that you can download

This seems to be a full install of DPP – not an update

A Mac install workaround (Latest)

  • We were sent details (thanks) of how to modify an existing application on your disk, to fool the updater.
  • It involves a bit of renaming of the contents of a package but is of no danger if you pick an unused application (my disk is full of the things) The example involves EOS utility – do read the comments at the end of the article.
  • It’s been suggested to us that you can use Automator to create an empty ‘App’ and call it the file name you want, such as “EOS File Viewer” and then edit the info.plist file.

Sept 09 We’ve been sent an alternative way of turning a Mac updater to an installer

  • You can actually change the “update” to an “installer” without having to create fake apps.
    Just copy it from the disk image your desktop, then control-click the app and “Show Package Contents”. Navigate to Contents > Resources and delete update.plist
    Now double click the modified application and it should install without any issues.

Aug 10 A slightly different version of the Mac Install process was sent to us (thanks)

  • Copy EOS Updater to Desktop, Right-click, “Show Package Contents”.
  • Navigate to “/Contents/Resources/”, right-click on “SDI.bundle”,
  • “Show Package Contents”.
  • Navigate to “/Contents/Resources/”, delete “update.plist”
    • Note that you must copy the installer from the image to your hard disk, since the file can’t be deleted in the disk image

DPP V3.6-3.8 (Win/Mac)

DPP V3.6.1 DPP gets updated to 3.6.1 [Canon]

DPP 3.6.2a update for Mac – via Canon 50D page [Canon]

  • This updater fixes a problem that an error occurs when Digital Photo Professional 3.6.2 is installed in specific environments. *No corrections are made to the actual software itself. Also, users who do not encounter any problems when using Digital Photo Professional 3.6.2, this update is not necessary.

DPP 3.6.2

  • The shooting date/time in Exif information is displayed one hour ahead when RAW images taken with EOS cameras are developed to create JPEG files using a Macintosh computer in the Daylight Saving Time setting. This problem is corrected by this updater.

DPP 3.6.1

  • Adds supported models
    Now supports the EOS Kiss X3 / EOS REBEL T1i / EOS 500D and PowerShot SX1 IS.2. Adds an adjustment function to RAW adjustment for shaded and highlighted parts.3. Adds the lenses that support the aberration correction function.
    Now supports the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro + Life-Size Converter, and MP-E 65mm f/2.8.

DPP 3.7.2 update for Mac – via Canon 50D page [Canon]

Note that there is a problem with installation on OSX 10.6 systems – here is a fix at Apple read -before- installation

  • Bug Fixes: In Digital Photo Professional v3.5 or later, if handling RAW images of EOS-1D/1Ds, and the number of RAW images exceed the certain point, the application operates abnormally. This problem has been fixed.
  • Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.7.0
  • 1. Adds supported models
    The EOS 7D, PowerShot G11, and PowerShot S90 are now supported.
  • 2. Adds an NR Preview screen (NR: Noise Reduction)
    You can now adjust the NR level while checking the image status on the Preview screen.
  • 3. Maintains the [Collection] window
    Before, when quitting Digital Photo Professional, all images in the [Collection] window were removed from the [Collection] window; however, this has been improved so that the images in the [Collection] window can now be maintained.
  • 4. Adds the lenses that support the aberration correction function.
    Newly supports the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, and EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.1. Adds supported models

DPP 3.7.3 update for Mac – via Canon 7D page [Canon] – works better on 10.6

DPP 3.8.1 for Mac (V3.8.0 Win) [Canon] – read notes anbout unsupported cameras first.

  • Win version supports Win7
  • Supports additional models: The EOS Kiss X4 / EOS REBEL T2i / EOS 550D is now supported.
  • Adds a lens that supports the aberration correction function. EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is newly supported.
  • Adds a function for adjusting the angle of an image to the Trimming tool.

DPP3.8.2 (3.8.1 Win) is spotted on the 7D software download page.

  • Fixes a malfunction wherein the trimming ratio is entered abnormally when it is set to Custom using the trimming/angle adjustment tool, and also when the trimming area is copied to other images

DPP 3.9

  • Manual for 3.9 (PDF)


DPP3.9.2 – Via 60D page 1D4 page

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.9.2;

  • 1. Supported models added
    Newly supports the EOS 60D, PowerShot G12, PowerShot S95, PowerShot G9
    2. Adds an Unsharp Mask function.
    3. Improves the Image classification function (The check-mark function expanded; the rating function added.)
    4. Changes made to the screen layout accompanied by an improvement in the image classification function.
    5. Supports EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM in lens aberration correction.
    6. Supports the lens aberration correction function even when Extender EF1.4 x III and Extender EF2 x III are mounted to a supported lens.
    7. Fixes a malfunction where the software terminates abnormally when editing multiple images (Mac only).
    When multiple images (approx. several hundred images) are in the Edit Image Window, there are cases where DPP terminates abnormally. This malfunction is fixed in v3.9.0.

DPP3.9.3 – (Win only) Via 1D4 page

  • 1. Fixes a problem in which Digital Photo Professional shuts down abnormally when viewing the shooting information of specific images (*).
    It also fixes a problem in Digital Photo Professional that errors occur and prevent the process of converting and saving specific RAW images from being completed.
    *: Images taken with the EOS-1D Mark IV for which either C.Fn I-16 AE Microadjustment or C.Fn I-17 FE Microadjustment is set to “Enable” and if AE Microadjustment or FE Microadjustment has a negative value.
  • 2. Fixes a problem in Digital Photo Professional 3.9.1/3.9.2 in which “0” cannot be input if the numerical keypad in the tool palette of Edit Window and Edit Image Window is not used.

DPP 3.9.4 Via 1D4 page

  • Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.9.4;
  • 1.Changes the name “Art Filters” to “Creative Filters” (which is used in markets other than Japan) in the Japanese version to make the terms consistent. (This change only applies to the Japanese version and does not apply to other language versions.)
  • 2.Support to address the compatibility problems in which the IPTC information could not be browsed in some applications. (Except for cameras which have a rating function in the camera, this IPTC compatibility problem does not occur for images which never used the XMP rating function in DPP 3.9.4.)

Other updates [Canon] [Canon Australia]

  • EOS Utility 2.9.0 for Mac OS / Windows,
  • Picture Style Editor 1.7.0 for Mac OS / Windows,
  • WFT Utility 3.5.1 for Mac OS / Windows,
  • Original Data Security Tools 1.8.0 for Windows.

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