Solution for viewing CR2 files with the Windows Explorer

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Ernest1
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Solution for viewing CR2 files with the Windows Explorer
Feb 22, 2009

After having installed the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer in order to view RAW files occasionally with the Windows Explorer, I discovered that CANON CR2 files cannot be displayed. Microsoft does not provide any support for the RAW Image Viewer anymore and searching the Internet did not provide any solution either, except for the following, which I would like to share with you:

  • Install the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D48E808E-B10D-4CE4-A141-5866FD4A3286&displaylang=en

.NET Framework 1.1 is required and if you don't have it, it will be installed automatically

During the installation of the RAW Image Viewer you will be asked which kind of files you want to view with this viewer; make the appropriate selections.

  • Install the latest Canon RAW Codec 1.4.1 from the US Canon site

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=DownloadDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=324&modelid=15206&default_os=windows_vista

  • Install the ArcSoft RAW Thumbnail Viewer

http://www.arcsoft.com/products/rawviewer/

Make the installation in the indicated sequence.

Afterwards, you should be able to view also CR2 files in miniature format with the Windows Explorer under Win XP.

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