Learn To Fix Windows 10 Webcam Issues

windows 10, microsoft update, windows 10 webcam, microsoft webcamWindows 10 Webcam Issues:

Are you anxious thinking why your webcam stopped functioning after you just installed Microsoft’s big Anniversary Update for Windows 10 which got released on 2nd August? Windows 10 Webcam freezing problem is the most talked about buzz that internet is currently flooded with, and you will be happy to know that you are not alone who is facing this trouble.

Microsoft has incorporated some major changes to improve user experience, though recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update has made some tweaks to render support for webcams that has made multiple webcams inoperable, causing grave concerns for not only individual users but also to the companies that use multiple webcams for video calling.

All these troubles occurred as Microsoft developed some new ways for applications to operate webcams with Microsoft’s latest Windows Camera Frame Server, in order to stop webcams from using two particular encoded streams—H.264 and MJPEG.

Microsoft makes it certain that Camera Frame Server only allows an uncompressed YUY2 encoding format from the webcam, which is botching Millions of cameras all over the world.

Millions of users who have installed the latest Windows 10 is facing issues like camera hangs, freezes, or stops functioning totally when they try to communicate via video calling with their contacts over Skype.

Since Microsoft has said they will bring the fix in September, a significant number of users don’t want to wait too long for Microsoft Update. For them, Rafael Rivera suggests to reenabling the previous webcam to fix the problem on a temporary basis.

How to troubleshoot: 

The quick fix Windows 10 webcam issues happen to be a registry hack, so in case you are familiar in tweaking the registry, follow the steps below.

Click on to the Start Menu, type “regedit” and press Enter to open ‘The Registry Editor’.

If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows 10 navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows MediaFoundation\Platform” in the left sidebar.

Right-click the “Platform” key and select New → DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name this value “EnableFrameServerMode” and set the value to “0” by double clicking on it.

If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows 10, you will need to go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform” located in the left sidebar .

Right-click the “Platform” key and select New → DWORD (64-bit) Value.

Name this value “EnableFrameServerMode” and set the value to “0” by double clicking on it.

Now you need to close the registry editor and then simply re-launch the application in which your webcam was inoperable or freezing. In this method your webcam will function normally – You don’t need to reboot and sign out to run the system

After Microsoft Windows officially fixes the webcam issue in September, you need to revisit the same location in the registry editor and delete the “EnableFrameServerMode” value you added to undo this alteration.

The hack is quite simple but one needs to follow each step correctly. If any small mistake occurs in The Registry Editor tool it can cause the whole system to crash.

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