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Canon Powershot download software alternatives

My parents have a Canon Powershot A570 camera. They have always problems with the standard software delivered with these camera's. I would like to know if there is a good and simple interface to download the photo's from the camera. Preferably it shouldn't do anything else. The software should work with different camera brands like Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Sony, so if they change to another brand, the software stays the same.

(They use ACDSee as picture viewer, and have Windows as operating system.)
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I (and a handful of my clients) use ThumbsPlus.  It copes with the modern RAW formats found on newer cameras, which is an important feature in my opinion.

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If you have laptop with SD card reader you may insert the card directly into that slot. You should now be able to open the memory card from My Computer.
You can access all pictures taken. Delete unwanted pictures from the card directly.
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I'm thinking about upgrading to ACDSee 9 or 10. It recognizes new removable media, although I don't know if it works with Canon camera's. I don't believe the camera is seen as a removable drive, but I'm not sure.
As akahan suggested:

If you go into Windows Explorer, look into My Computer and look for drives:  C drive is your hard drive, D drive is usually your DVD drive, anything higher than this is either because you've got extra hard drives or DVD drives, network drives, or it is a camera.  Drilling down into that drive you will either see the photos listed there, but often you will see an intermediate directory (called I think DCIM or similar), double clicking on that will take you into a list of the photos on the memory card in the camera.
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This camera doesn't show up in the Windows Explorer. I've tried ACDSee 10 with a Nikon camera, and it recognized the camera when it was connected, and offered to download the pictures. So if it recognizes the Canon camera as well that would be a good solution, but I don't know if that's the case.

The computer is very old, doesn't have card slots. Using Explorer is not a solution for my parents. It should be an automatic process.
Trouble with USB is that it can be very temperamental, particularly with old systems.  When installing the Canon software, was the camera plugged in at the time?  Software these days generally tells the user that "if the device is plugged in, unplug it before proceeding" cos it can cause havoc with correct installation.

What I would recommend - universal solution, buy a Card Reader, about £15 from Jessops (UK).  It does mean taking the card out the camera, but at least it will work.

http://www.jessops.com/Store/s27062/0/Card-Readers-and-Adapters/Jessops/Universal-Card-Reader-USB-20/details.aspx?&IsSearch=y&pageindex=1&searchword=card%20reader&SortBy=RelevanceDESC&IsInStockOnly=False&comp=n

What Operating System is this pc running?
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OS: Windows 2000 Professional
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