How to Fix Integrated Webcam Not Working on Windows 10

Camilla Mo, in Common error
If your integrated webcam is not working since Windows 10 update or upgrade, the problem is likely to be caused by faulty drivers or driver conflicts. To fix the problem, first, check the driver status in Device Manager. Follow instructions in this post and your webcam should work again.

First, go to Device Manager and see if there is a yellow mark next to the webcam device. The device may list under entry Imaging devices or Other devices. If under Other devices, the device name could also be Unknown Device.



If you see a yellow sign there, follow guides below to fix the problem. If not, proceed to Instructions for the device with not yellow mark on it.

Uninstall the Driver 

1. Right-click on the device and select Uninstall on the pop-up context menu. Following screenshot is for your reference.



2. Confirm Device Uninstall window will pop up. Click OK button to apply the uninstall.


3. Reboot your computer. After rebooting, Windows will reinstall the driver automatically.

If Windows does not install the driver automatically, download and install the latest driver manually.

Update the Driver Manually

Go to your PC manufacturer’s website to download the latest Windows 10 driver for the integrated webcam. Before you get started, ensure that you know the PC model and the specific operating system that you are using (See How to Get Operating System Version). 

For some PC models, the manufacturer may not release Windows 10 driver. If you are in this situation, download the driver for Windows 7 or Windows 8, which is always compatible with Windows 10. 

Usually, the downloaded driver file will be .zip file or .exe file. For .zip file, extract it completely then you will get the .exe file. To install the driver, just double-click on the .exe file and follow the on-screen instructions.

After installing the driver, if the problem persists, install the driver again in the Compatibility mode for Windows 7. Follow these steps:

1. Go to the webcam software program folder and find the executable file (.exe).
2. Right-click on the file and select Properties in the pop-up context menu.



3. Go to Compatibility tab and change the Compatibility mode to Windows 7 (See following screenshot). After that, click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.



4. Install the driver again. 

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Instructions for the device with not yellow mark on it:

Disable and Enable the Device

1. Right-click on the device and select Uninstall on the pop-up context menu.


2. Right-click on the device again and select Enable on the pop-up context menu.

 



If the problem persists, you might need to reset the computer. Note while performing reset, ensure to select Keep my files so that your personal files will be saved.

Follow these steps to reset the computer:

1. Click Start menu icon in left bottom corner.

2. Click on Power button, hold down Shift key and click on Restart.



Make sure you hold the Shift key down when Windows is restarting and don’t release it until you see the following screen.


3. Select Troubleshoot.



4. Select Reset this PC.



5. Select Keep my files.

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  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Héctor Vinent,

    Have you got the problem solved? If not, would you please describe more details about the problem so I could help you?

  • Rica

    Crap! I accidentally hit “uninstall”. lol geez

  • PoisonedHeart

    i did reset, the problem still.

  • Hadi farah

    this would be great but I can’t already find it in my device manager 🙂

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Hadi farah,

      If you can’t find it in your Device Manager, the camera might be have physical problem. You can contact the manufacturer for further assistance.

  • Another Mike

    Most of the time my Dell laptop does not recognize the webcam. Sometimes helps if I turn the laptop off and than on.
    There were 4 drivers in Device Manager. I uninstalled one following your advice and was not able to reinstall it. Now there are only three drivers, but I do not see any changes. The camera is not recognized most of the time, but sometimes Off and On helps. F6 has no effect.

    Thank you in advance, I will appreciate any help.

  • Mike

    It seems the problem I have is that my MSI laptop doen’t even recognize the built in camera. In device manager it is listed as unknown device.

    • Joseph

      Hi Mike. Hopefully you’ve long since fixed this problem, but I just found out that you can enable and disable your MSI webcam by hitting fn-f6.

      • Tinka

        Thank you Joseph! Never has fixing a problem been so quick and easy!

      • Alison Ntim

        You are amazing! Thank you so much for that information!