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Fix Found for Windows 10 Anniversary Update Breaking Some Webcams

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 09:49AM

Recently Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, a major update that brings many changes, and as is so often the case with any software release, some new issues. The update apparently disables support for some webcams, causing the video streams to crash or freeze. It seems to be just for those webcams that use h.264 or MJPEG compression for their video streams. Fortunately someone has already found a possible solution. (I updated my laptop recently and its webcam was not affected, so I have not tested this fix.)

The solution involves editing the registry, so only if you are comfortable doing so should you try. Microsoft will release a patch for this, but it is only speculation when it may come. After opening the registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform. In this folder add a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named 'EnableFrameServerMode' and give it the value 0. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform and add the same DWORD (EnableFrameServerMode with the value 0).

As is often the case with registry edits, you should probably restart your computer to make sure the changes take effect.

Source: WCCFtech

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