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How to install EOS utility if you don’t have the CD that came with your camera.

I bought a Canon dslr last week from an ebay like site. The camera was in mint condition with all the accessories but the software cd was missing , the ex-owner couldn’t find it.

Later when I tried to install the EOS utility I ran into this issue.


  For some reason Canon provides this software only as update so if you don’t have the CD you can’t install it.

I looked for a solution and thought it would be a good idea to share it. This works for Windows. I tested it on Windows 8 and 8.1.

So in order to install the EOS utility you need to add some keys in your registry that will trick Canon utility installer to think that you have a older version of the software installed.

Open Regedit  (open run , write:  regedit , press enter)

Go to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE  – expand SOFTWARE , Right click Wow6432Node and click New – Key .

Name the new created key Canon . Right click the Canon key and create another new key under it, name this one EOS Utility

regedit EOS


Now you can install the EOS Utility software without the CD.

extracting eosareaEOS

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  1. Too lazy to put the disk in. Worked perfect! Thank you!
    (stupid that there has to be a ‘work around’)

  2. great … thanks a lot. it solve my problem

  3. This isnt working for me, i press enter and it just beeps at me. and i have windows 8.2, what do i do???

  4. I tried so many websites to do this and this was the easiest one THANK YOU!

  5. I am not able to find this folder “Wow6432Node”? what is the alternative?

    • Santiago Scalercio

      I had the same issue, and i created the “Canon” key right under SOFTWARE. It worked for me.

      • I had the same problem “I am not able to find this folder “Wow6432Node”? trying to install eos utilities on windows 10 Tablet. SO i did what Santiago said”created the “Canon” key right under SOFTWARE.” It worked for me also.

  6. Didn’t work for me! I have Windows 8.1 and the EOS Utility option isn’t there 🙁

    • Read again. You have to create the entries again. I tested on windows 8.1 and it works. Also I think meanwhile Canon removed the requirement to have it installed.

  7. Sei un genio, parte al primo colpo ed è semplice da fare!!!! grazie mille!!!!

  8. Worked great! thanks so much

  9. Thx works on Win10 too 🙂

  10. Works like a charm on Windows 10, thank you so much!!!!

  11. Thank you so much. Couldn’t done it if I didn’t not found your post.

  12. thanks buddy

  13. Thank you, Really appreciate your post!

  14. WOW! So easy and it works! 🙂 Thanks a lot!!!

  15. Thanks a lot for this. Installed on Windows 10

  16. thank’s you it’s work…. ^_^

  17. You are a magician man 🙂
    Hats off to you !!
    it worked for me too.

  18. Running on latest version of Windows 10 WORKED! THANK YOU! (if you already have a Cannon File, you’ll need to delete that first before you can make this work.)

  19. Perfect, thanks a lot!

  20. Thanks man. I m so happy that it works perfect for me.

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