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Can anyone give me some advice for how to get previews of my raw files when I'm browsing in Windows Explorer? I'm using Windows 7.

I tend to shoot quite a bit, particularly in tricky situations, so it's a right pain in the ass having to open each raw file in order to see what it is.

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Download and install the Microsoft RAW Codec Pack:

http://www.microsoft.c​om .../en/details.aspx?id​=26829external link

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Thank you!

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Thank you from me as well... Windows should bundle this with their next release if they can...

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I just got a new laptop and was looking for this to reinstall - thanks also!

definitely should be standard...

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I actually Googled this and it brought me back here. That happens a lot. Sometimes Google search is better than POTN's search. :)

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The Microsoft codec can't be expected to keep up with all of Canon's software, but it tries for a periodic update.

In the meantime, use software that will "work", as in Canon software to work with new Canon files!

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Adobe can't even keep up... :lol:

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tonylong wrote in post #13894324external link
The Microsoft codec can't be expected to keep up with all of Canon's software, but it tries for a periodic update.

It's not just Canon. It's also Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Leica, Sigma, Fuji, Casio, Lumix, Ricoh, Samsung, etc., etc., etc. (Although I'm not sure if all of them have models that export RAW, it is the case that increasingly RAW is no longer the province of only DSLRs. My son-in-law recently bought a Fuji P & S that outputs RAW files.)

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Thank you from me as well; it has been a serious pain having to open LR just to preview raw files.

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I downloaded Faststone and use that as my default viewer. Much better than Windoze.

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Windows 8 could read the RAW files right out of the box with no update needed.

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Windows 8 could read the RAW files right out of the box with no update needed.

Until some new cameras appear in the stores.

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