Microsoft Camera Codec pack 64bit - Canon RAW file (CR2) from a Canon 60D RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hey all,

    Not sure where to port this so her seems the best place.

    Been trying to get the Microsoft Camera Codec pack for Windows 7 64 bit (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26829)  to work with images from a Canon 60D. The latest file was released only a few months ago yet it doesn't state on the website that the Canon 60D is a supported camera. However, is this merely missing info - are Canon RAW (CR2) all the same?

    I have installed this CODEC pack but the files still cannot be opened in Windows (such as Photo Gallery Live viewer).

    Is it REALLY the case that the 60D isn't supported, or is something else wrong?

    Many thanks



    • Edited by Swinster Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:29 PM
    Wednesday, July 4, 2012 12:10 AM


All replies

  • There are differences in detail between the CR2 versions for different Canon cameras. The 60D must be supported specifically.

    Canon only have a 32-bit codec for any of their cameras.

    There are non-free, 64-bit, third party codecs, such as http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/canon-cr2-codec/ or http://www.ardfry.com/cr2-codec/.

    • Marked as answer by Swinster Wednesday, July 4, 2012 4:30 PM
    Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7:06 AM
  • Thanks DominicP.

    I have been reading a lot of good things about the Fast Picture Viewer CODEC pack (including the possibility of getting an older version (1.8?) that is/was FREE. I have also downloaded Faststone Image Viewer, which although does seem to provide a system CODEC, does at least allow viewing of the CR2 RAW files. I also have got the latest version of Adobe Lightroom (although not currently install on this machine) which does again have a RAW plugin, but no system CODEC.

    I have also read about the inability or unwillingness for Canon to release a 64bit CODEC for their RAW files, although it seems that most camera manufactures are similar. They seem do have a "bury your head in the sand" approach in the hopes that all this 64bit nonsense will just pass over.

    I appreciate that Microsoft have put together a good stab and getting the CODECs for its 64 bit OS for various cameras, but I'm appalled that the camera manufactures aren't doing anything to help.

    I might just have to bit the built an purchase the Fast Picture Viewer CODEC Pack.



    Wednesday, July 4, 2012 5:19 PM
  • The new version now says that CR2 (60D and 600D) are now supported, or so they say... i have not tested it myself.

    Here... http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26829

    Best Regards,

    Hazem Elshabini

    Hazem Elshabini

    • Marked as answer by Swinster Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:24 PM
    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:56 AM
  • The new version now says that CR2 (60D and 600D) are now supported, or so they say... i have not tested it myself.

    Here... http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26829

    Best Regards,

    Hazem Elshabini

    Hazem Elshabini

    Just downloaded and installed, and this appears to work fine with CR2 RAW files created with my 60D under Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit.

    Horah - What a poor show from Canon!


    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:27 PM
  • I have Windows 8 and Codec Pack released August 6, 2012. This seems to be for Windows 7 only. However, it works ok on Windows 8.

    I have a Nikon D800E, which doesn't seem to work with this latest release.

    Anyone know when Microsoft will release a codec pack for Windows 8 that includes all the latest cameras?


    Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:25 PM
  • On which version of Windows 8 were you able to install the codecs? I'm running W8 Professional x64, and I get this error message when trying to install the package:"This version of the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack is not compatible with Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. You can get the codec pack through Windows Update on Windows 8. The codec pack is not available for Windows Server 2012." Didn't you get these error messages? How did you install it?

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:27 PM
  • And whaddayaknow, as we speak the latest Windows updates have installed and voila! Support for CR2 files has been installed and is working. Automatically! The service pack is described here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2712101/en-us
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:50 PM
  • Please can someone help i have just bought a new Canon 70D camera and after my first use i cant see the camera files in windows 8 the file is a CR2 file and i have tried the codec in the forum and still nothing..

    Please help i am in so much trouble if i cant use these images..


    Sunday, December 8, 2013 3:40 PM
  • Hey Paul,

    Looks like the updates doesn't support the 70D at the moment. If I remember correctly, it took them a while to get the 60D support working. Its just a major shame that Canon themselves can be bothered releasing a 64bit driver for their own products.



    Sunday, December 8, 2013 3:56 PM
  • I am having a similar problem, but no answers in another forum.

    I was so glad when Microsoft developed its 64 bit camera codec a few years ago.  I used it to open images from the Canon EOS Rebel T1i I had at the time very successfully.  However, I now own a Canon EOS Rebel T5 (not T5i), and neither the old codec that I had nor the new one I downloaded (version 6.3.9723.0) work on the RAW images of this camera.  The info on the page for the download for the new codec specifically mentions the T5i, but not the T5.  It also mentions a lot of the other Canon EOS Rebels.  So I am wondering if omission of the T5 from the details was intentional, and the new codec really does not support the T5, or accidental, and the new codec should support the T5, but mine doesn't work for some reason?  I should add that the new codec is opening my old T1i pictures fine. I have Windows 7 Home Premium.  Thank you!

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:49 AM
  • I also am having the same issue with my T5 Canon, would someone please address and fix this issue, I have downloaded and searched everything and nothing works. thank you
    Sunday, October 2, 2016 5:33 PM