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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It probably worked bu you may need more directions.
Many people don't use the "Solutions CD" at all.
It's not really needed. Windows XP or newer should just recognize the camera after plugging it in.
It's easier to use a USB flash card reader. Then you need no special software or drivers at all. The card would be shown as your D, E or F drive most likely and you can view and copy any pictures you want, and Paste them into a folder on your computer, where you want.
If you want to use the camera itself (rather than a card reader) to transfer the pictures that's harder but still pretty easy. It takes 10 seconds to do, but about 10 minutes to write down. sorry.
Set the camera to play mode, and turn it ON.
The first time you connect the camera to a USB cable and to your computer Windows will have an hourglass appear if it see's the camera. Windows will think about it for a minute or so, and eventually should say it found a new camera and it connected ok.
If autoplay is enabled on your computer then it pops open a window asking what you want to do next. I usually close whatever pops up otherwise Windows automation (or Canon's if you installed the CD) will startup their program and it will automatically start doing things, like downloading the pictures and putting them somewhere, who knows where. Sometimes it renames pictures automatically etc. 70% of the time this seems to be a source of confusion for folks and they get multiple copies of the same pictures, they can't find them later, etc. So it's better to just do it yourself. .
Just copy the pictures you want off the camera, and put them into a folder of your choice on your computer and you're done. You can then view or edit or Email them etc.
To do that just use Windows Explorer (just a file manager) such as right click on "My Computer" and select Explore.
It should open and below your C and D drive you should see the Camera listed there like another drive. If the camera is not listed make sure it's turned on, in play mode, and the USB cable is connected to a working USB port.
Open the camera that is shown in the File Manager and navigate in to the displayed default folders such as the example below,
Canon s90\ DCIM\101\
Or if using a card reader something like
That means look in the F drive, then into the DCIM folder, and then into the 101 folder, in this case, and in there are all the camera pictures. You can view them as details or as preview of the photo.
Look inside the DCIM folder that Canon uses by default if you see it. And inside the folder 100 or 101 if you see that and all the pictures should be there. This varies with your own computers driver letters and model of camera.
Yours may show up differently.
Don't worry about the Canon ZoomBrowser software working or not. It's big and slow, and complicated. Some people like it, and it can do some things but I don't even bother with it anymore. Since Windows can view and copy the pictures anyway.
Just get a good photo edit program if you want to work on the pictures such as making them smaller for EMaling to people. You can get Irfanview as a free, fast, and tiny but full featured photo editor that's been around for years.. It works fine and is handy for viewing also.
Adobe Photoshop is much fancier and can do more, but it's not as easy to use and it's not free.
Try posting back if something here doesn't help with your issue.
Posted on Aug 12, 2010
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