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Canon EOS Utility Download: How to Install on Windows 7

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Canon offers some useful free software to help you use your camera. The Canon EOS Utility download (aka EOS Capture Utility) is a great example. It allows you to hook your camera up to your computer via a USB cable, and you can then control the camera remotely and shoot “tethered.”

The trouble is, even though Canon makes the latest version of the software freely available on its website, the software is set up so that you can’t download and install the latest version unless you’ve already installed an older version from an actual CD. These discs are included with every Canon camera, but it’s certainly possible that you lost it or bought the camera second hand without the CD.

So is there a workaround, so that you can get the Canon EOS utility download and install it on Windows 7 anyway…?

It turns out there is. And it’s really pretty simple.

Canon EOS Utility: Before You Install It

You’re gonna need to make a few adjustments to your Windows registry. While it’s possible that you could damage your system by making the wrong changes, it’s pretty unlikely. If you follow the directions and make the correct minor adjustments, you shouldn’t have any trouble. That being said, I’m not responsible if you accidentally delete some important registry keys and mess up your computer.

The first thing you need to do is run the Windows Registry Editor. From the start menu, choose “Run” and enter “regedit.” Click on the program, and choose “Yes,” if the UAC dialog appears box appears.

Once you’re in the registry, look at the directory tree on the left. Go to Computer -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Canon. In order to install the EOS Capture Utility, you’ll need to make a new registry key. This is going to make the installer think that you’ve already had the software on your computer.

Right click on the “Canon” key (it looks like a folder), and select “New -> Key.” Enter “EOS Utility” for the name.

Canon EOS Utility Download: Where to Get It

Now, all you need to do is download and install the latest version of Canon EOS Utility from the Canon website. Unfortunately, because of the way the Canon site is designed I can’t directly link to it.

Find the product page for your camera on Canon’s website. It shouldn’t matter which camera you use, so you could follow this link to the Canon t3i product page. Click on “Drivers & Software.” Then choose your operating system (Windows 7) from the dropdown menu.

Browse the list of “Software,” and you should find a file named something similar to “EOS Utility 2.10 Updater for Windows (EU2100EN.exe).” Download that file, run the installer, and you should be good to go!

[Note: The reason why I specified Windows 7 throughout this post is that the registry path is a little different on a Windows Vista or Windows XP system. If you happen to be using an older machine, make the new registry key in Computer -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Canon. The Wow6432Node key is something new in Windows 7.]

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  1. Olivier Lusseyran says: October 25, 2011

    I cannot fin a Canon EOS Capture for a Canon 20D compitable with Windows 7

  2. Isabelle019 says: February 3, 2012

    Thank you so much for the information :)

  3. Jorge says: February 28, 2012

    Great Work! I called Canon and asked for a replacement or an online ISO, and they said “we don’t have anything like that!”. I have a brand new camera and lost the DVD.
    Just a comment: you have an extra dot in the Registry Key. Where says “EOS Utility.” should say “EOS Utility”. Thanks!!!

  4. walkere says: February 28, 2012

    Glad to help. I really don’t get why Canon tries to make it difficult for people to use EOS Utility and the other software. Either charge money for it, or give it away. The current set up just seems kind of backwards to me.

  5. Kaleb says: March 13, 2012

    Thank you!!!

  6. Steven Sandell says: March 19, 2012

    I am confused. Will the recommended register change allow a Canon Rebel Xti to use the Canon Utility program, I keep getting a failure to load driver error with my Win x64

    • walkere says: March 19, 2012


      The registry change will allow you to install Canon EOS Utility, yes. The problem with the XTi is something different, I think, related to the hardware drivers installed for the camera.

      I found some info here that might help. Sounds like you could either install the old drivers in compatibility mode, or change a setting on the XTi to make it connect to the computer properly.

      • Steven Sandell says: March 19, 2012

        My Xti menu does not include the option to select how it communicates
        with the PC. I followed up on your suggested link and found a possible
        solution of upgrading my Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7
        Professional via an “Anytime Upgrade” which provides a virtual computer
        platform to run Windows XP programs. You can review this at Amazon,
        do you have idea how this would work?
        any experience with this upgrade?

      • Brian says: March 24, 2012

        Can’t say I have experience with the upgrade, as I started with Windows 7 Professional. However, it does seem like a lot to buy an upgrade for Windows just to get EOS Utility working. If you have an old copy of Windows XP, you can use this tutorial from HowToGeek to set up a free virtual machine with VMWare. That would allow you to run software in the XP Compatibility mode without upgrading Windows.

        What are you trying to use EOS Utility for, though? If you’re just trying to transfer files, you could bypass the whole driver problem by plugging the memory card directly into your compuer (either in a built-in memory card reader or with a cheap USB memory card reader). This wouldn’t help, though, if you’re trying to use the tethered shooting features or trying to batch edit meta data.

  7. Steve Sandell says: March 24, 2012

    The Canon Utility program was one of several programs that ran into trouble with the new computer with Win 7. Have had no luck with the utility program and will just plug it into my computer. However, my weather station program is now functioning, so it was worth it to me to get it back on line.

    Thanks for help.

  8. Fabio says: June 26, 2012

    Thanks. Very useful.

  9. Lupa says: January 4, 2013

    Thanks a bunch! This just saved me a lot of time and worry, since I lost the friggin’ disk!

  10. Carlos says: April 29, 2013

    When I get to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Canon, there is no canon folder. Do I make one?

    • Nadia says: July 5, 2013

      I have the same problem. Please answer!

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    Thank you.
    I have been trying to install the drivers for several months.
    Thank you very much for your help.

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