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August 24, 2008

Nikon RAW Codec on Windows Vista x64

A few weeks ago I discovered Nikon had released a new version of their Nikon RAW Codec for download – Version 1.4.0. This new version adds support for Windows Vista SP1. The Nikon RAW Codec is for users shooting in the RAW photo format with Nikon cameras to view Nikon’s RAW .NEF files in using Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Download: Nikon RAW Codec Version 1.4.0

I discovered a hidden “gem” with this new release however. It runs on PCs running 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.  Apparently, this version of Nikon’s RAW Codec takes advantage of Windows Vista’s built in 32-bit emulation feature called WOW64. I’ve got it installed on my Windows Vista 64-bit PC and am able to import and view RAW images (.NEF files) off my Nikon D40 into Windows Live Photo Gallery and view them just fine. I’ve confirmed this works with a few friends of mine who also use Nikon cameras and running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

If you shoot photos with a Nikon digital camera, use the RAW file format and run a 64-bit version of Windows Vista – definitely give this version of the Nikon RAW Codec a try. It worked for me, I’m hoping it works for you!