Friday, November 7, 2014

Download & Install EOS Utility Without CD on Windows 8

I want to use Canon EOS Utility with my Canon T5i, but my laptop doesn't have a CD drive - so even though I have the CD to install EOS Utility in hand, I can't get it onto my computer! I went to the Canon website to try to download the software, but they only have an updater and not the actual application. What the heck!

Luckily there is a work-around that I found online. This video was super helpful (there's also one for OSX), but I can't stand tutorial videos because they always take forever and I just want to see some quick screenshots to guide me through the process. I guess it's just a personal preference. In any case, here are the steps - worked like a charm!

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Go to the Canon website and click on 'Service & Support' and enter your camera model...

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Under 'Drivers & Software' click on Software and check the box next to EOS Utility Updater for Windows, then click Download...
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Download and open the ZIP file...
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And launch the updater program... What do you think will happen?
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It tries to locate the original software to update it, and then it looks for the CD to be in the CD drive... but I don't have a CD drive! So here comes the trick... Go ahead and close this window...
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Search for 'regedit.exe' and run the application... You'll get a warning asking if you want to allow changes to the Registry, so hit yes...
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Expand the folders 'HKEY_LOCAHL_MACINE' and 'SOFTWARE'...
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Click on the folder within 'SOFTWARE' called 'Wow6432Node', right click and create a new Key...
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Name the new key 'Canon' and then create a new Key within this new Canon folder you just made... Name this Key 'EOS Utility' and type carefully.
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So that's HKEY_LOCAHL_MACINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Canon > EOS Utility... leave the new folders empty and go ahead and close the Registry editor...
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Now when you run the updater application you downloaded you get a window that says 'Extracting Files' instead of the search CD window...
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Success! It's the install window and you didn't even need the CD!
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Presto! Now I just need a longer USB cable that goes to my camera...

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