I don’t know if it ever happened to you, but if you lose/damage the Canon Software CD that ships with your Canon EOS DSLR getting your hands on a new one won’t be that easy unless you know someone that owns a Canon DSLR.
“Easy” you’d say “I will only download all the software from the net”, well wrong since those softwares are not available on the internet but only their updates.
Of course you can always give Canon a call and you will probably be charged for the new CD or use one of these two simple tricks for both Windows and OSX
Workaround for Windows
First of all you will have to download the update of the program you want to install from Canon website.
1) Open the registry editor: Start=>Run=>Regedit
2) Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\
3) if not already created, create a new key called Canon
4) Inside that new key create an additional one called ZoomBrowser Exfor the key to be created for other programs please check the end of this post
5) Run the ZoomBrowser updater you had previously downloaded, it should now pass the check status and install correctly
List of registry keys of different Canon Softwares to be used with solution one
Zoom Browser: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ZoomBrowser Ex
Digital Photo Professional: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\DPP
EOS Capture: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOS Capture
EOS File Viewer: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOSViewerUtility
From the suggestions in the comment this post is being updated.Â You can follow these links for how to do it manually:
- comment-51446559 by Haplo
- comment-51446575 by pterik
- comment-51446562 by SlowAndEasy
- comment-79073621 by Karie
For your convenience, we compiled those registry files for you. Just download and merge the file corresponding to your OS by double clicking on it.
- REG file for Windows 32 – from windows xp up to windows 8
- REG file for Windows 64 – from windows xp up to windows 8
Workaround for OSX
For MAC OSX based on a reader comment from Brian comment-51446585 all you need to do on OSX is:
- mount the .dmg and drag the updater within it to your desktop.
- right-click on the updater and â€œShow Package Contentsâ€
- navigate to Contents>Resources and delete the â€œupdate.plistâ€ file.
- now, double click the Updater you dragged to the desktop in step 2 and it will install.
You are using this information at your own risks, I provide no warranty whatsoever and messing around with your registries can be fatal to your computer.