Desktop camera not working

So, you go on your camera and you try to take a picture with your webcam.

However, your webcam doesn’t seem to work, and you can’t take the picture anymore.

This can be frustrating especially if you need the camera for an urgent reason.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to fix your integrated webcam on Windows.

I’m also going to show you why it isn’t working so that you know what to do next time.

I’m going to start with the easiest solutions to fix this problem so that you don’t have to keep scrolling down and try useless solutions when you can just have it at the start.

The Reason your Camera isn’t Working

The reason your camera isn’t going to work on your Windows computer is because of a glitch.

A glitch is a short-term failure in the system that causes an unexpected result.

In this case, the result I that your camera isn’t working.

1. Disable and Enable the Device

Disable webcam Windows

The first thing you need to do is to disable and enable the camera.

This is a quick way of getting rid of the glitch that’s causing problems with the camera.

  1. Click on the search bar and search Device Manager
  2. Look for Camera or under Other devices, Integrated Webcam
  3. Right-click and select Disable device
  4. “Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning, do you really want to disable it”
  5. Click Yes
  6. Right click again and Enable the device

After you’ve done this, you should go back to the camera and you should notice that it starts to work.

If this step didn’t work, you should go to the next step.

2. Press F8

The next thing you should do is press F8.

F8 is a troubleshooting button and it usually comes in handy when there’s an issue with the computer.

After pressing F8, you should check if your web camera works and you should notice that it works fine.

3. Update the Driver

Update camera driver

The next thing you need to do is to update the driver for the camera.

If your driver is out of date, then this can cause your camera to stop working.

With the steps below, Windows will search your computer and the internet for the latest driver software for the camera, unless you’ve disabled this feature in your installation settings.

  1. Click on the search bar and search Device Manager
  2. Look for Camera or under Other devices, Integrated Webcam
  3. Right-click and select Update driver
  4. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software

If there’s an update available, you need to download and install it.

After you’ve done this, you should be able to use your webcam normally again.

4. Reset your Computer

If you’ve tried all of the steps above, you need to reset your computer.

This isn’t a harsh step because you can still keep all of your files.

To restart your computer:

Follow these steps to reset the computer:

  1. Click Start menu icon in the left bottom
  2. Click on the Power button
  3. Hold down Shift key and click on Restart
  4. You have to hold the Shift key while Windows is restarting and don’t release it until you see the following screen

Troubleshoot windows 10

  1. Click on Troubleshoot
  2. Select Reset this PC
  3. Click on Keep my files

Bottom Line

The quickest way to fix this problem would be to disable and enable the camera.

If none of these steps worked, comment down below and I’ll help you out.

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