How to fix camera detection on Windows 10 / 7

To check whether Windows 10 / 7 is detecting the peripheral, connect the camera to the computer (if this isn't a built-in webcam), and use these steps:

  • Open Start.

  • Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app.

  • Expand the Imaging devicesCameras, or Sound, video, and game controllers branch.

  • Confirm the camera is getting detected by Windows 10.

 

 

  • (Optional) If the camera isn't available, click on Actions from the top menu.

  • Click the Scan for hardware changes option.

 

 

 

Windows 10 can block apps (such as Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WEBEX.) access to the device microphone and camera automatically to protect your privacy. If the camera is configured correctly, but it's not working with a particular app, then you should check the privacy settings.

To allow apps to access the webcam on Windows 10, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.

  • Click on Privacy.

  • Click on Camera.

  • Under the "Allow access to the camera on this device" section, click the Change button.

  • Turn on the Camera access for this device toggle switch.

  • Turn on the Allow apps to access your camera toggle switch.

 

Under the "Choose which Microsoft Store apps can access your camera" section, turn on the toggle switch for the apps that you want to allow access. For example, Camera, Skype, Microsoft Teams, etc.

 

 

How to update camera driver using Device Manager

To update the camera driver to fix problems on Windows 10 / 7, use these steps:

  • Open Start.

  • Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app.

  • Expand the Imaging devicesCameras, or Sound, video, and game controllers branch.

  • Right-click the webcam and select the Update driver option.

 

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  • Click the Search automatically for updated driver software button

How to reinstall camera driver using Device Manager

To uninstall and install the camera driver on Windows 10 / 7, use these steps:

  • Open Start.

  • Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app.

  • Expand the Imaging devicesCameras, or Sound, video, and game controllers branch.

  • Right-click the webcam and select the Uninstall driver option.

 

  • Click the Uninstall button.

 

Also check the Delete the driver software for this device option to force the system to re-download the camera driver from Windows Update.

Click on Actions.

  

  • Click the Scan for hardware changes option.

 

Once you complete the steps, try to use the camera with an app, and it should work as expected.