If your camera cannot be detected via USB by Windows 7, Vista or XP

I personally connect my camera via USB to Windows laptop only in case of tethering capture. I do not recommend using USB to transfer your photos from the camera to a PC because of speed, any card reader (to be honest I have only integrated in my laptops) works much better in that case.


If you connect your camera first time to your USB, the operation system (I’m talking about Windows here) should recognize your camera immediately and install needed drivers for you automatically. If that is your case – stop reading this article, because you don’t have any problem and you can easily switch to the application that you use for tethering capture and start shooting. Otherwise, if you are “lucky” (as I was) your Windows will show you the window that I used as an illustration for this article or something similar (depends on your version of Windows).

I tried everything, to fix it. I spend more than half of the day trying to fixing it. I installed different drivers and Nikon software; I deleted all of my USB device from the operation system to recreate it again. I even updated my BIOS. But with no luck. Then I found really easy solution of that problem.


You just have to do some simple actions:

  1. Press “Start” button (If you're using Windows XP, also click on “Run”)
  2. Type “regedit” in Search program and files (or in the Run textbox)
  3. Open path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{EEC5AD98-8080-425F-922A-DABF3DE3F69A}
  4. Find and remove items with names LowerFilters and  UpperFilters (right-click on LowerFilters or UpperFilters and choose “Delete”)


That’s all.

Now your camera should be detected by Windows without any problem and you can enjoy with tethering capture.

If the problem still exists – just check for updates for your Windows.

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