FYI: Canon RAW Codec 1.7.0 only Works with Windows 7 32-bit Edition

Digital camera enthusiasts often use the “RAW” image file format because this is an unprocessed and uncompressed photo storage format. Although often associated with relatively high priced DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, numerous point and shoot cameras also support the RAW file format. If you are buying a new PC running Windows 7 this holiday season and use a Canon digital camera, you may want to weigh the choice of convenience versus power when choosing between Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

Canon’s RAW Codec (compressor-decompressor) only works with Windows 7 32-bit edition. You’ll want this if you want to, for example, be able to preview photos using Windows Live Photo Gallery. On the other hand, this is merely a minor issue if you use an application (a photo editor for example) that natively supports Canon’s RAW file format. Windows 7 64-bit edition can use memory beyond the 32-bit edition’s 3GB limit. The ability to use more than 3GB of RAM can be important if you are serious amateur photographer.

Canon RAW Codec 1.7.0