Canon EOS Utility Download: How to Install on Windows 7
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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