Even though Nikon does not officially support their film scanners on Windows 7, they will work with a little effort. I own the Nikon Coolscan V, sometimes referred to as the Nikon LS-50, but these instructions also apply to the some of the other Nikon film scanners such as the the Coolscan 5000 (LS-5000), Coolscan 4000 (LS-4000), Coolscan 8000, and the Coolscan 9000.
Disclaimer – these instructions have been adapted from http://www.exposedvisions.com/Win7%20Scans.htm. You will need to download my .inf for the Coolscan V (itself modified from Steel Chn’s version), but otherwise credit goes to Andrew Minton at exposedvisions.com.
Download the required files
- Begin by downloading Nikon Scan 4 from Nikon here. You want the 32-bit Vista edition. Don’t worry, it will install just fine under Windows 7 x64.
- Next, download my scanners.inf here. Unzip it in a location of your choosing.
Install Nikon Scan
(Note – if you have Vuescan installed, uninstall it now. You can reinstall Vuescan later.)
- Install Nikon Scan. It should install uneventfully and create the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4\
- Create a new folder inside of NkScan4. Copy your extracted scanners.inf into the new folder you just created. I called my folder “NikonFiles”
- Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nikon\Driver\ScanUSB (Scan1394 for Firewire equipped scanners) and copy “NKScnUSD.dll” to the folder you created in step 2. You should now see “scanners.inf” and “NKScnUSD.dll” in this folder.
- If you haven’t already, plug in your scanner, being sure it is turned on.
- If windows asks you for a driver, you can point it to the scanners.inf file located in the folder you created in step 2. Otherwise, open your device manager (start -> right click on my computer -> manage -> device manager), open “other devices”, the right click on “unknown device” and select “Update Driver Software.” This device will have a yellow exclamation icon next to it. Select the second, bottom option labeled “Browse my computer for driver software” then enter “C:\Program Files (x86)\Nikon\NkScan4\NikonFiles” as the location, substituting “NikonFiles” for the folder you created in step two. Press next and the scanner will install. If a warning comes up that says the driver/software cannot be validated (I forget the exact message), select continue.
- The scanner should now be installed and Nikon Scan should work as intended. If you use Vuescan, you can install it now.