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Is there a free NEF codec for Windows 7 64-bit?

NEF is Nikon's RAW picture file format. The NEF codec allows you to view NEF files in Windows Explorer as any other natively supported image formats such as JPEG and TIFF. If I understand correctly Nickon only distributes the 32-bit version of the codec.

Is this true? If so - is there an free alternative for Windows 7 64-bit?

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Possible… – Moab Feb 19 '11 at 2:18

Microsoft has published a camera codec pack that supports both 32- and 64-bit Windows 7.

From the page:

The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Windows Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based on Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC).

It supports the following Nikon cameras:

Nikon: 1 J1, 1 J2, 1 V1, Coolpix P6000, Coolpix P7000, Coolpix P7100, D1H, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D3X, D4, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D300s, D700, D800, D800E, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D7000

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No NEF codec but a viewer that can display them, unfortunately not free, you can search google for an older version that is free

Or try Irfanview with plugins

I can find no free plugin codec for 64bit

I did find one for a small fee, it is shareware and will install to test. It says it is for 64bit

The 32 bit MSI and 64 bit MSI files that are included in the installer are available for administrators who need more installations options than are available in the Default installer. On 64 bit platforms you should install both 32 bit and 64 bit codecs if you need to support 32 bit applications that use WIC.

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This question is quite old. But these days the Nikon software also supports 64 bit. So the problem might be solved by downloading the NEF Codec from the Nikon itself.

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