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How to Download and Install Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX Software on Windows XP and Vista

[Note: For Windows 7, see this post. It’s slightly different.]

Canon offers some useful free software to help you use your camera. Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX is a great example. ZoomBrowser EX helps you import files to your computer, organize/view them, and perform some editing.

The trouble is, even though Canon makes the latest version of the software freely available on its website, the software is designed so that you can’t download and install a new version unless you’ve already installed an older version from a disc. These CDs are included with each Canon camera, but it’s highly possible that you lost it or bought the camera second hand without a CD.

So is there a workaround, so that you can download the software and install it on Windows XP / Windows Vista anyway…?

Yes, yes there is. And it’s amazingly simple.

All you have to do is make a tiny edit to your Windows XP/Vista Registry. While you can do some damage to your system if you edit the wrong parts of your Windows XP/Vista registry, don’t worry. Making these minor adjustments is perfectly safe, and if you follow the instructions you won’t mess anything up.

First, open the Windows Registry Editor. In the start menu, choose “Run” and type in “regedit”. Run the program, and select “Yes,” if the User Access Control dialog box comes up.

In the Windows Registry, navigate to Computer -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Canon. To install Zoombrowser EX, you need to create two new registry keys to trick your computer into thinking that you’ve already installed the software. Right click on the “Canon” key (folder), select “New -> Key.” Call the new key “ZoomBrowser EX.” Then, right click on the new “ZoomBrowser EX” key, and create another new key, called, “Settings.”

Now, all you need to do is download and install the latest version of ZoomBrowser EX from the Canon website (currently version 6.7.2). Unfortunately, I can’t directly link to the file, the way the Canon website is set up.

Go to the product page on the Canon website for your camera – as an example, let’s use theĀ Canon t3i product page. Click on the “Drivers & Software” option. Choose your operating system, Windows XP / Vista, in the dropdown menu.

Now look down the list of “Software” that’s available. You’re looking for something like “ZoomBrowser EX 6.7.2 Updater (zb672upd-en.exe).” Download the file, install it, and you’re good to go.

[Note: The reason why I specified Windows XP / Vista throughout this post is that the registry key is slightly different on a Windows 7 system. If you're on a newer machine, create the registry keys in Computer -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Canon. The Wow6432Node key is a new addition in Windows 7.]

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  1. Caesar Wong says: October 16, 2011

    Thanks for the info! One comment though, you should put the note about Windows 7 at the beginning – I just assumed that your article was old, covering only XP/Vista, and that Win7 would be the same as Vista. I didn’t read it properly until the 2nd time around after it didn’t work the first time.

  2. walkere says: October 16, 2011

    Glad it helped! And thanks for the comment. I added another note up top…

  3. Jake Stern says: November 24, 2011

    Thank you!!! It worked like a charm!

  4. Ramachandran says: November 28, 2011

    Hi i can’t find canon folder in my HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE
    what can i do…

  5. walkere says: November 28, 2011

    Hi Ramacahandran,

    If your computer is new (or a new installation of Windows) and you’ve never installed any Canon software before, then the Canon node won’t exist yet. You can just create one in the Software folder, and then follow the directions from there.

    The other potential problem is if you are using Windows 7, the “Canon” folder is inside the “Wow6432 Node” folder.

  6. Bronwyn says: February 16, 2012

    Hi, I lost the hard-drive and am attempting to reinstall the old Zoombrowser EX software but as I’ve lost the disk, am seemingly stuck! I keep coming up with an error:
    “c:\documents and settings\…..\local settings\temporary internet files\content.IE5\VDW2C9NV\zb672upd-en[1].exe” is not a valid Win32 application.
    Is there any fix for this error? I’ve tried everything to get this beaut package back. Greatful for any assistance at this point.
    Cheers,
    Bronwyn.
    Australia.

  7. Frank Furter says: February 26, 2012

    Hello and Thanks from Germany !
    I installed ZoomBrowser EX 6.4.1 german with this Tutorial and is working fine !

    @Bronwyn
    Have you downloaded a Win32 bit Version ?
    And have you downloaded a big file , at least should be more than 100 MB !
    A small Update file does not contain the whole Programm , start trying another.

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