Canon Digital Photo Professional: How to Download DPP for Windows 7
Canon offers some cool free applications to help you get the most out of your camera. Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) is just one example of this. DPP allows you to process RAW images and edit photos. It has some of the same functionality of Lightroom and Photoshop – adjusting curves, white balance, etc. It’s not as powerful as the Adobe Suite, but then again it’s not as expensive, either.
But here’s the catch. You can’t download it directly from the Canon website and just install it. The software is set up to only work if you install from the CD. That CD is shipped with every Canon camera, but what if you lost it or bought your camera second hand?
Is there a workaround, so that you can download Digital Photo Professional and install it on Windows 7 anyway…?
Yup. You can. And it’s really simple.
Getting Ready: Before You Install DPP
Basically, we need to convince your computer that you’ve already installed Digital Photo Professional from the CD. Then, your computer will happily install the “update” from the Canon website.
To do this, you’ll need to make a few minor edits to your Windows registry. While you could mess up your installation of Windows if you change the wrong things, the changes we’re making are very minor. If you follow the directions, you’ll be fine. However, I’m not responsible if you change a bunch of other registry settings and screw up your copy of Windows.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get started. First, open up Windows Registry Editor. In your start menu, click “Run” and enter “regedit” into the textbox. Click on “Regedit” when it appears in the start menu. If the UAC dialog asks you for permission to continue, just click “Yes.”
The registry looks kind of like a bunch of directories. The “directories” on the left are called “keys.” You want to navigate through these keys to get to the following location: Computer -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Canon. We’re going to make a brand new key in this “Canon” key.
Right click on the name “Canon” and select “New -> Key” from the contextual menu. Enter “DPP” for the name. And that’s it for the registry editing. Simple, huh?
Note: I was actually able to install DPP without performing this step after I had installed EOS Capture Utility. If you’re going to install that anyway, you could follow the instructions here and see if that clears the way for DPP so you can skip this extra bit of registry editing.
Downloading and Installing Digital Photo Professional
Now all that’s left is to obtain a copy of DPP and install it. While it’s available on the Canon website, the site is set up in such a way that I can’t link directly to the file.
Instead, you need to go to a product page – like the Canon t3i page. Shouldn’t really matter which page you go to. Click on the “Drivers & Software” option and select your operating system (Windows 7) in the menu.
Look at the list of “Software” that’s available. You’re looking for something with a name like “Digital Photo Professional Updater for Windows (DPP3101EN.exe).” Download the file, run the installer, and you’re good to go!
Note: The reason why I specified Windows 7 in the title and post is that the registry structure is slightly different in older versions of Windows. In Windows XP and Vista, you need to create the “DPP” key at this location: Computer -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Canon. The Wow6432 Node is a new addition in Windows 7. This might also be the case if you’re running a 32 bit version of Windows 7, but I’m not sure.
Brian is a photographer and a teacher. He runs a photography and design studio with his daughter, Olinda. At his high school, he teaches social studies and advises the yearbook club.