So, I started looking around for my disc which contained the software for my (Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera) Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera and I just can’t find it. So, how on earth would I get the software for the camera if Canon only offers the ‘Upgrade’ version on their website?
I was really surprised that Canon did not offer the base installation of their software via their website especially when their software doesn’t even require a serial number to activate or install. But you can however find a multitude of software upgrades on their various download pages.
So, if you fine yourself asking the following questions then this is the answer you’ve been waiting for.
Here’s the answer! You simply go to the Canon download website for the XTi which is: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=215&modelid=14256 and download the latest ‘upgrade’ version of the application.
Then you use the power of the Windows Registry to do the rest of the work for you.
You can skip the next step if you would rather just download the attached .REG file at the bottom of this article.
To do this make a file and call it canon.reg The icon should change to something that looks like a piece of paper with stacks of little blue ice cubes on it. Then open it using Notepad and paste the following into it.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\DPP] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOS Capture] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\EOSViewerUtility] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Canon\PhotoStitch]
Copy between the two comment lines and do not include them within the canon.reg file. Make sense?
Save the file and double click it. Then click ‘YES’ and then ‘OK.’
That’s it! Now you can go about installing any of the software applications from the Canon website.
How does this work? Well, you see, Canon software checks your Windows registry for previously installed versions before you can install the upgrade version that you get from the website. We’re just ‘tricking’ the Canon software to think that you already have some of their applications installed.
Some of the older versions of the Canon software allowed you to extract the downloaded executable using a program like WinRAR an then manually run the install which bypassed the registry check. It looks like Canon has upgraded their download packages so that you can no longer easily extract them.
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