Tethered Shooting with the old Canon 5D, Windows 7 64bit and EOS Utility

(Update@14.01.2013 – If you are using Windows 8, you CANNOT download Windows XP Mode from Microsoft website. An alternative way to install virtual Windows XP is using VMLite XP Mode, it is free and I have tested it, it worked perfectly as it is in Windows 7 Pro)

what are needed:
– Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate 64 bit (Home Premium does not support Windows XP Mode),
– Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC (download here),
– WIA driver for camera (download here),
– ESO Utility (from software CD come with camera, or download Update Version here) *,
and, of course. Canon 5D Mark (the old version, without Mark) with its USB cable.

After installing XP mode, sign in and install WIA driver, EOS Utility, then connect your 5D via USB 2.0 port (in PC Connection mode, not Print/PTP mode), open EOS Utility and shoot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is the result:

Have fun with your old camera ^^

(ignore this post if you have:
– a Canon 5D mk II (or the newest 5D mkIII), or
– windows Xp, windows Vista, windows 7 32bit or another OS, or
– Lightroom 3, 4 and other paid softwares which support tethered shooting with the 5D, or
NO problem with connecting your Canon camera to computer using EOS Utility ^^)




If you lost the disk but want to install EOS Utility (and other EOS softwares), do as follows:

Open Notepad and copy these keys:

For Windows 7 users:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX\Settings]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Canon\ZoomBrowser EX\Install]

For older Windows user:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Save asย canonEOS.reg (be sure that the file extension is .reg, neither .txt nor .txt.reg). Then run it (double-click or right mouse click โ€œMergeโ€).

You can now install any software update, without having the original installed ๐Ÿ˜‰

WARNING: Please be careful when modifying registry information. Don’t do this step unless you know exactly what you are doing! [TnV]


7 thoughts on “Tethered Shooting with the old Canon 5D, Windows 7 64bit and EOS Utility

  1. Thanks very much for that.
    I suspect the differences are due to the difference of WIA 1 (scripting) and WIA 2 . HP Deskjet series printers lost their ability to inform the computer of ink levels. Canon 5D does try to communicate and pictures do transfer but control of the camera is impossible because Win 7 WIA cannot obtain acquisition of the camera controls.
    It is a pity having upgraded to a new operating system, a user finds the hardware no longer works because there are differences in the SOFTWARE communication links. To get the equipment working, a user then has to use a Virtual Machine Windows XP

    I believe it negates the idea of the “upgrade” from Windows XP to Windows 7; especially the unnecessary financial cost.


  2. This is a great work around. I have it all installed on my Win 7 64 bit but th EOS utility start in Virtual PC fine when the camera not attached and crashes when I do attach the camera. If you have seen this before and know how to fix it, please let me know. Thank you


    • Dear Sam,

      Unfortunately, now I am using windows 8.1 and I have not had this issue when I still used windows 7. But I guess, the problem caused by an incompatible driver. You could install all the newest updates for your XP virtual PC and try it again. Please let me know if it works ๐Ÿ˜‰


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