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Windows 7 and Nikon Coolscan IV scanner

Paul Feresten , Dec 05, 2011; 11:24 a.m.

Does anyone know how to make a Nikon Coolscan IV film scanner work with Windows 7?
It looks like it's not supported but I thought there might be a work around.


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Jos van Eekelen , Dec 05, 2011; 11:43 a.m.

seems to have no priority for Nikon. Vuescan does the trick, see http://www.hamrick.com/ . And do a google search on the subject, some people seem to be able to get the Nikon Sortware running after installing Vuescan.

Curt Wiler , Dec 05, 2011; 11:43 a.m.

There are several references here on photo.net, just do a search on your title. A tweak to the driver lets Nikon Scan work on the 64-bit OS (this seems to be the problem rather than WIN 7 itself). See the piece by 'Steel Chn'. A bit of later information is that Silverfast updated its program in the last two months-or-so, and the first release contained a driver that seemed to be produced by Nikon. This did not appear in the second release, and as a result I had to re-load the first version, but this may have changed again.

Brooks Gelfand , Dec 05, 2011; 12:55 p.m.

I have a Coolscan V working with NikonScan under Windows 7 x64. This should also work for a Coolscan IV.

1) Go here http://www.hamrick.com/index.html and download and install the 32-bit version of VueScan.

2) Go here http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/61#Anchor-7 and download the 4.0.3 full version Vista only. Ignore the link that is labeled "Windows 7 MAC OS 10.5 ..."; it simply leads to a page that says Nikon Scan is not supported under those operating systems. Also ignore the label Vista Only; the software works perfectly under Windows 7.

3) Install VueScan 32-bit. This will install the drivers you will need for NikonScan.

4) Install NikonScan 4.0.3. Part of the install procees has a check box for installing the Nikon drivers; uncheck this box. Do NOT install the Nikon drivers.

5) Attach your Coolscan to the computer. Windows will install the VueScan drivers. If Windows does not find the drivers, point it at the VueScan directory.

6) Launch NikonScan; it will use the VueScan drivers.

7) Pay Hamrick for VueScan.

Paul Feresten , Dec 05, 2011; 03:01 p.m.

Brooks-thanks but why the 32 bit version of VueScan not 64 bit since Windows 7 is 64 bit?

Mike Blume , Dec 05, 2011; 03:13 p.m.

Here's the definitive answer. Read the whole thread.

Mike Blume , Dec 05, 2011; 03:14 p.m.

J. Harrington USA (Massachusetts) , Dec 05, 2011; 05:40 p.m.

I was able to get NikonScan working on my Win7 64 bit machine. I think it was done using a vista driver.

Brooks Gelfand , Dec 05, 2011; 11:28 p.m.

Hi Paul,

I installed VueScan and Nikon Scan before the 64-bit version was available. I know the 32-bit drivers work; I have not tried the 64-bit drivers so I did not recommend them. I am not sure the drivers with VueScan are 64-bit. VueScan.exe may be 64-bit, but the drivers may not be.

Although I run the 64-bit version of Windows, I am contstrained to run the 32-bit version of VueScan because my flatbed scaner, which I use to scan Medium Format film, is an Epson V600. VueScan uses the Epson drivers which are 32-bit only and will not work with the 64-bit version of VueScan. This is detailed on the VueScan site.

At any rate Nikon Scan is definately a 32-bit program and works with the drivers that install with the 32-bit verions of VueScan.

Robert Martin , Dec 06, 2011; 10:02 a.m.

Look at this site:

I was able to get my Nikon Coolscan 9000 working using Nikon Scan 4.0.3 on a Windows 7 64 bit system.

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