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Windows 10 Camera Not Working: A Generic Fix

Nowadays, Windows 10 camera not working is one of the nettlesome issue reported by countless people after upgrading their OS. After upgrading, they get stuck with a generic message. The message goes like “Something went wrong” when they launch the application. At such time, if you find that your Camera works fine in the other applications such as Skype but the Windows Camera fails to start, it is a little bit hard to detect the problem. If you also encounter the same error message, don’t bother anymore! Here, in this article, we have provided some proven methods to fix this issue. Simply go through this article and fix this issue on your own.

Predictable Causes For Windows 10 Camera Not Working

There are several predictable causes if you detect that the Windows 10 camera doesn’t work, but here we have mentioned the most prominent ones. So, take a look below:

  1. There can be an issue with outdated or corrupted drivers.
  2. The issue can be with the outdated BIOS.
  3. Your Webcam drivers can also responsible for this issue.
  4. Apart from these, malware or virus plays a vital role for this Camera not working Windows 10 issue.

These are the most prominent causes behind the Windows 10 camera not working issue. So, you need to fix each and every issue shortly. Now, take a look at the troubleshooting methods.

Troubleshoot: Camera Not Available Windows 10 Issue

Here, in this section, we have provided the most accurate troubleshooting methods that can help you to deal with the Camera not working issue. So, check out these methods and fix this issue quickly.

Solution 1: Update Driver

 

First of all, to solve this kind of problem you need to make sure that you install the latest camera. If not, you definitely come across this kind of several problems. So, install the latest drivers for your integrated camera. To do this, you need to go to the Start icon first, then open the Device Manager. Once you have done, expand the category and find your device name.

Once you find it, simply click on that button.

After this process, locate the Update Driver button, once you find that button, just select that button. Now, select Search automatically for Update driver software, download the latest and compatible driver and let it finish the process.

Solution 2: Update BIOS

After installing the latest driver, if still, the camera doesn’t work, then you need to update the BIOS. To do this, you need to follow the below instructions:

  • Primarily, press the Windows + R simultaneously to access the RUN command window.
  • Then, in the search box, enter the command “msinfo32” to bring up the System Information Log.
  • Now, you will see your current version of BIOS, under the “BIOS Version/Date.”
  • After that, you need to download your motherboard’s current BIOS Update and Update utility from the manufacturer’s website.

Solution 3: Install All The Windows Updates

Now, we advise you to check the Windows Update. If you unknowingly “Off” the automatic Updates box, then you should install all the latest Windows updates. To do so, you need to go to the Settings menu first, then select the Update & Security button. Now, you will see the Windows Update section, just click on it and select the Check For Updates to prompt your system to scan for the latest updates. Now, the latest updates will install automatically. Then, select the Restart button to reload your system and finish the installation procedure.

Solution 4: Uninstall Then Reinstall Your Webcam/ Webcam Drivers

Sometimes, corrupted or damaged webcam driver can also responsible for this issue. So, you need to uninstall the webcam or webcam drivers and then install the latest drivers.

 
To uninstall Webcam Drivers:
 

In order to uninstall the existing webcam drivers, you need to go to the Start icon and then select the Control Panel. Then, double-click on the System icon and find the Hardware tab, once you find it, simply click on t. Now, go to the Device Manager where you need to click on the Plus sign next to Imaging Devices. Then, right-click on the integrated Webcam and select the Uninstall button.

 
To install the Latest Webcam Drivers:
 

To reinstall the latest Webcam drivers, you need to open the Device Manager first, and then expand the Imaging Devices. Then, you need to find the name of your Logitech camera, once you find it, right-click on it and choose the Update Driver Software button. Now, select Browse My Computer For Driver Software. Then, click on Let Me Pick From List Of Device Drivers On My Computer. Now, you need to make sure that the “Show Compatible Hardware” box is checked, if not, then check that box and click on the USB Video Device. Once you have done, click on Next and follow the on-screen directions to install the latest drivers.

Solution 5: Run The Hardware Troubleshooter

Windows has an inbuilt tool can help you to resolve this kind of Camera related issues. So we recommended running hardware troubleshooter tool. To do so, press Windows logo key and W   and enter the command “troubleshooter” in the search box. After that, hit the Enter button and select Hardware & Devices button to run the troubleshooter.

Solution 6: Disable Your Webcam Temporarily

According to the users, disabling the Webcam from the Device Manager can fix this kind of issues. To do that, simply right-click on your Webcam and then, press the “Disable Device” button. Once you have done, simply select the Restart button to reload your device and then, go back to the Device Manager once again and re-enable the Webcam.

Solution 7: Turn Off Antivirus Program

If you have any third-party antivirus program, it may conflict with your camera app and as a result, Camera doesn’t work Windows 10 issue occurs. So, you can temporarily disable the antivirus software. To do so, simply follow the below instructions:

  • Primarily, you need to go to the Start icon first, then find the Update & Security button. Once you find it, simply click on it
  • Then, you will see the Windows Security option, just select that button. After that locate the Virus & Threat Protection button, just click on it.
  • Once you have done, you need to switch real-time protection to Off.

Solution 8: Change Privacy Settings For The Camera App

If none of the methods works then you need to reset the Privacy settings by doing these following:

  • Firstly, go to the Start Menu and then open the Settings.
  • After that, go to the Privacy settings.
  • Then, go to the Camera and then chcek Let Apps Use My Camera If Isn’t Enabled box, if this box is not checked, then you need to enable it.

You will surely get your device back with the Camera app as you have wanted after going through this post. If you have further questions and suggestions, then do leave comments below.

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