The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has reportedly broken millions of webcams.
If either your webcam has been affected, there’s work method to get it back if you don’t mind tweaking the registry a little bit.
The problem stems from changing the Windows 10 way to handles decoding individual webcam video streaming.
The Both USB and network-connected webcams are affected, it can freeze the camera while using and it will be impossible to access.
You can follow these simple steps from Thurrott.com.
- Open the Regedit from your Start menu.
- Navigate on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows Media FoundationPlatform
- Right click on the Platform folder and choose New > DWORD. Name it “EnableFrameServerMode”
- Right-click the new value and select “Modify.”
- Enter ‘0’ in the ‘Value data’ field.
- Navigate on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWOW6432NodeMicrosoftWindows Media FoundationPlatform
- Repeat steps 3 – 5.
This method seems to be the only fix at the moment to stay on Anniversary Update.