Install a Coolscan scanner on Windows 10

You can run both Nikon scanners, the Super Coolscan 5000 and the Super Coolscan 9000 as well, on Windows 10 – 64 Bit. Nikon doesn’t support this operation system. For that the installation of the scanners is a little bit tricky but easy to manage with the following instructions. Please note: you need admin rights to perform the installation.

1. Copy the drivers

You can use the current drivers that come with the scanner from Nikon. You can download the current drivers here as well.

Coolscan Driver
Driver to install Nikon Coolscan 5000 / 9000 scanners on Windows 10 - 64 Bit
Coolscan Treiber
Archivdatei im ZIP Format [8.3 MB]

Unpack the downloaded ZIP File. The ZIP file contains a file and a folder with the name “Nikon”. Copy this folder to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files” .

2. Copy the INF file

You need an INF file to install the drivers on Windows. The INF file delivered by Nikon doesn’t work anymore. For that we have altered the INF file so that it conforms to Windows 10 - 64 Bit. This file has the name "NksUSB_IEEE1394 LSI.INF" and is included in the ZIP file that can be downloaded under topic 1 above. Please copy this file preferable to C:\.

3. Prepare Windows 10 to install an unsigned driver

Originally Windows 10 doesn’t allow the installation of unsigned drivers. The Nikon drivers don’t have a signature. Therefore the Windows operation system has to be started in a mode that allows unsigned drivers to be installed. To do this, follow these steps:

-Select “Restart” from the power options menu of the Windows 10 Start Menu. Hold down the SHIFT key while you click “Restart”.

  • A light blue screen with the title “Choose an option” comes up. Select “Troubleshoot”.
  • Another screen with the title “Troubleshoot” opens. Select “Advanced options”.
  • Another screen with the title “Advanced options” opens. Select “Startup Settings”.
  • Another screen with the title “Startup Settings” opens. Select “Restart”.
  • Once the computer has rebooted you will be given a list of startup settings. Choose “Disable driver signature enforcement” by pressing “F7” or just “7”.
  •  Once again Windows will reboot as usual.

4. Install the drivers

To install the drivers the scanner has to be connected and turned on. After that open the “Device Manager”:

  • Perform a right click on the Windows symbol on the task bar. In the context menu choose “Device Manager”.
  • In the Device Manager the scanner will be listed and marked with a yellow warning. Right click the scanner and choose “Update Driver Software…”.
  • Answer the question “How do you want to search for driver software” with “Browse my computer for driver software”. 
  • Enter the folder in which you copied the INF file in the field “Search for driver software in this location” of the dialog “Update Driver Software”. (E.g. C:\)
  • Choose “Install this driver software anyway” from the next dialog box.

The scanner should appear now without the yellow warning in the Device Manager. Close the Device Manager and restart the computer as a precaution.

Good luck with the newly installed drivers.

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