Saturday, October 31, 2009

Nikon LS-40 / LS-50 / LS-5000 Scanners on Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista 64-bit!


Nikon apparently missed the 64-bit computing world, in particular their excellent USB slide scanners (LS-40, LS-50 and LS-5000 ED) are totally unsupported under Windows 8.x 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, and 64-bit Windows Vista. Fortunately, thanks to Microsoft, all recent editions of Windows, including 64-bit ones, contains a generic USB scanner driver. All it takes is a little persuasion to make it recognize Nikon USB slide scanners and, from there, Nikon own software - namely the 32-bit Nikon Scan 4.03 - will happily talk to your beloved piece of gear... Interested? Read on...

First thing first, you need a small file named NikonUsbScanners64.zip, which contains information that will lead Windows to recognize your device as a scanner. Get it there and save it to some place on your hard disk, for example in your Documents folder (the actual location is unimportant, just make sure to know where you put it as you'll need to refer to that location later). Unzip the file: you should end up with a readme.txt file, NikonUsbScanners64.cat and NikonUsbScanners64.inf - note that there is no .sys and nothing executable, and that the relevant files are digitally signed.

Next, download the last version of Nikon Scan (4.03 at the time of this writing) from the Nikon website, then proceed as follow:

Plug the scanner in a free USB port, turn it on and let Windows try, and fail, to find a driver for it, then...

1) Open the Device Manager (the quickest way is to click the Start button on Windows' taskbar, type Device Manager in the search box, the start menu should soon display the needed entry, click to open). Windows 8.x users can simply type Device Manager on the start screen, then look under Settings.
2) In the Device Manager window, locate the LS-5000 ED scanner (or LS-40 / LS-50) under Other Devices, then right-click the scanner's name and click Update Driver Software...
3) Click Browse my computer for driver software.
4) Type the name of the folder where you have unzipped the driver files (or use the Browse... button to navigate to that folder) and click the Next button.
5) Click Install on the Windows Security prompt, then click Close after Windows finished installing the driver.

Finally, install Nikon Scan 4.03 normally, but be sure to uncheck both drivers (LS-4000 / 8000 / 9000 and LS-40 / 50 / 5000) on the Select Drivers page.

That's it. The 32-bit Nikon Scan 4 should work fine on Windows 8.1, 8 and 7 64-bit (and Vista) and your scanner should be found and recognized. You can now delete the zip, readme, cat and inf files, they are not needed anymore.

EDIT: Aug 24, 2013 - The driver information file is now signed with Axel's VeriSign Class 3 digital certificate, which should remove the warning that was displayed on Windows 8.x

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Anonymous said...

Just adding to the chorus of appreciation! Thank you so much for the help.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! Saved my LS5000ED.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - great post. Now have my LS5000 working on Win8.1 64bit. look forward to doing the same on Windows 10.

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Jean Baptiste said...

Très sincères remerciements AXEL !
Beaucoup de facilité pour suivre et réaliser vos instructions.
Un bonheur pour tous les possesseurs du Coolscan V ED utilisant Windows 64 bits.
Excellent travail !
Jean Baptiste

Anonymous said...

Un grand merci pour votre méthode ! J'ai dû changer d'ordinateur il y a deux ans et passer de Windows XP à Windows 8. Mon scanner de Diapos Nikon ne pouvait plus fonctionner, il n'était pas reconnu. J'ai essayé une dizaine de fois de le faire fonctionner avec des méthodes compliquées trouvées sur Internet, qui ont toutes échoué. La vôtre est simple, claire, et elle a réussi du premier coup. C'était magique de voir la fenêtre du scanner s'ouvrir comme avec l'autre ordinateur. Merci encore, et bravo !
Francis

Kevin Woodard said...

I know this is late to the party, but thank you for this. Works great on my Win7 Ultimate, and I imagine it will work on my W10 Pro box as well. Since my house is bilingual, any chance you have a work around for getting this scanner to work on a Mac running El Capitan?

Andykn said...

Thanks very much, worked on Windows 10 Pro after I set Compatibility mode to Windows Vista.

Right-Click the desktop shortcut > Properties > Compatibility [> Change settings for all users] > Select "Run this program in Compatibility mode for:" > Windows Vista

Andreas B said...

Excellent guide to happiness. Installed the software for a used 5000 ED according to your explanations. Now I got a lot of scanning to do for the upcoming holidays.

Marco Pizzotti said...

Thanks Axel, you are great!

Eric said...

Hello all,

I am a Vuescan user for a flatbed scanner and had recently the opportunity to use a Nikon 5000ED. I was using Vuescan but at some point give Nikonscan a try and find it a better option to master contrast and density. I have run Nikon scan 4.03 (installation without the embedded drivers)with a driver installed by Vuescan and it was working fine. At some point during the scan of a slide with Nikonscan, my PC reboot and now it doesn't want to work properly anymore (it cannot connect to the scanner). I have reinstalled Nikonscan, tried to update the driver with the driver attached hereabove(Windows told me it was uptodate and Windows was anyway recognizing the Nikon scanner) but nothing works. Maybe someone has some good idea to recover the use of Nikonscan. All the best. Eric

Bradford Caslon said...

Way after your post, but we're still out here, looking for solutions that Nikon didn't bother to do.
Your post (with links to the needed software) was wonderful! I can't thank you enough, been using an old Windows XP machine for years. Put it on my Windows 7 SP1 64-bit and works perfectly!

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Anonymous said...

Excellent solution to a problem I've had for some time, "solved" till I came across this article by installing on my Windows 7 machine a virtual machine running XP. Clunky. But this is just perfect. Nikon should place a link to this article on their website.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much ! Your post is more than helpfull. It brings my dusty coolscan V back on !!

Anonymous said...

Axel, you are a real lifesaver. I hope you are repaid many times over for this gift to the community! I can't thank you enough. Rich from Wilmette.

GoranB AUS said...

Beautiful.
Worked from 1st time... bloody Windows run some updates which in return stuffed the drivers for my LS40ed.
Thanks Axel

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Anonymous said...

wonderfull, working on win10 ! thanks ! thanks !

Andy_Y said...

Many thanks, Axel.

Does your driver work with the 9000 ED as well? Has anyone checked that?

Andy said...

Hello Axel Rietschin, this solution worked PERFECTLY on Windows 10 Pro (Which I just installed on a 2014 MacBook Pro Retina Using Bootcamp to load the Windows 10!)

Thank you so much, Andy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this fix Alex. Unfortunately after the Anniversary update of Windows 10 I do not seem to be able to use the scanner or update the driver again.

Not sure if anyone else has experienced this but if so and have found a fix please post here

Far2Real said...

Axel, thank you so much. I installed your driver in W8 64bit for my nikon coolscan 5000 and it worked like a charm. I don't know how to thank you!
Merry Xmas and very best wishes
Philippe

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Machiel de Vos said...

Fantastic, much better than Nikon advice. LS_50 working again excellent on W7

BigDoggy said...

Thanks very much. This procedure still works.

Nick F said...

I have failed to get 4.0.3 to install on Win10 Pro 64-bit Anniversary edition - it throws all manner of errors and will not install.

Just reverted to 4.0.2 on XP Pro 32-bit in mild desperation - and now that is failing too, it complains about the driver (Nikon 4.0.0).
Anyone know why?

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Nick F said...

Just for information - I finally got it all working, both 4.0.2 on XP and 4.0.3 on the latest Windows 10.
Persistence and simply trying several times - eventually it just worked!
I can't claim to have done anything different or worked out why it was throwing so many errors originally - but success will do!

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Anonymous said...

Works great! Thanks a lot ...

Ian Downunder said...

Many thanks, Axel. You have saved me the cost of buying a new scanner.

Anonymous said...

Stills Works.

Thank you and best regards

Anonymous said...

... still works! :)
thank you very much!

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