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How to activate my webcam on windows 7?


On Windows 7, it is possible to encounter difficulties when activating your webcam, especially if it is an external webcam. Here is how to activate your webcam on Windows 7 in a few steps:

Enable a built-in webcam on Windows 7

If you have a computer that has a built-in webcam, this should simplify activation. Indeed, it will not need to be plugged in and installed. It is already in the basic options of your computer.

  • In this specific case, you will only have to go to Settings > Audio and video;
  • You can then activate the microphone and the camera;
  • Once the settings have been adjusted to your needs, you can open a chat window;
  • Click on the icon that represents a camera;
  • A window will appear asking for permission to access your microphone and camera. It is important to accept in order to activate the sharing of the image and sound;
  • You can start your videoconference conversation, your webcam is activated.

Activate an external webcam on Windows 7

Your computer does not have an integrated camera and you had to acquire additional equipment. Although newer computers often come with built-in webcams and microphones, sometimes this is not the case and you need to install them. In these specific cases, activation can be more complicated. It is therefore recommended to follow the following steps:

  • Connect your webcam using the supplied USB cable, it becomes a peripheral of your computer;
  • Open your Device Manager. You can find it on your My Computer;
  • In the list that appears, double-click Imaging Devices;
  • Your webcam should be listed in the detected devices. If this is not the case, do not hesitate to disconnect and reconnect your webcam.
  • By clicking on it, a window appears. You just have to follow the instructions specific to each model of webcam in order to install it;
  • You can now set your camera as the “default camera” in the applications you use (Zoom, Skype, etc.);
  • Once the settings have been adjusted, all you have to do is allow applications to access your camera;
  • When you start a videoconference, you can activate your webcam by clicking on the camera icon.

Fix problems with enabling a webcam with Windows 7

By following the steps listed above, you can install and then activate your camera in Windows 7. If you are still having difficulty, here are the things to check:

  • If your camera is not detected in your Device Manager, check your connections, your USB cable and your USB sockets.
  • If your camera is detected correctly, but you can’t use it, check your settings and permissions. It is enough that you have prohibited access to the camera involuntarily so that it can no longer be activated during subsequent uses.

If you use an external camera, you can complete your equipment with a headset microphone. This plugs in using a jack cable and requires no special installation. It complements the image with sound, which is essential if you want to communicate with video conferencing tools.

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