How to install a CanoScan N650U scanner on Vista or Windows 7

I have an Canon CanoScan N650U scanner that I use a few times a year. Canon never released Vista drivers for this scanner, using the instructions below made the scanner work on Windows 7 for me:

  1. Download the XP drivers from Canon’s website
  2. Install the drivers
  3. The driver didn’t install, but unzipped to C:/Temp/CanoScanCSUv571a
  4. Go to C:/Temp/CanoScanCSUv571a and uncompress CanoScanCSUv571a.exe
  5. Plug in your scanner
  6. Go to your device manager.
  7. Click on Add a Device and select the scanner
  8. Right click to update driver information
  9. Select browse my computer for driver software
  10. Type in: C:\Temp\CanoScanCSUv571a
  11. Click next and my scanner worked

Update: In the comments Paul wrote, “I used the WIA drivers, which I found here:”  I haven’t tried it, but’s worth checking out.

104 thoughts on “How to install a CanoScan N650U scanner on Vista or Windows 7


    Did not work for me on Windows 7 home premium but close. This is what did work. Downloaded Canon scan gear toolboxcsv223.exe, went to the execute file, right clicked on compatability and picked Vista sp2.

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