Enable Webcam on Windows 8 Laptop


Video calls are a very popular type of communication today, because it is much more interesting to communicate with an interlocutor when you see him. But not all users can use this function due to the fact that they cannot turn on the webcam. In fact, there is nothing complicated here, but in this article you will find detailed instructions on how to use a webcam on a laptop.

Turn on the webcam in Windows 8

If you are sure that the camcorder is connected, but for some reason you cannot use it, chances are that you simply did not configure the laptop to work with it. The webcam connection will be the same regardless of whether it is built-in or portable.

Before doing anything, make sure you have the latest version of the software necessary for the device to work. You can download it from the official website of the manufacturer or just use a special program (for example, DriverPack Solution).

See also: How to update drivers on a computer


In Windows 8, you can't just grab and turn on the webcam - for this you should definitely use some program that calls the device. You can use standard tools, additional software, or a web service.

Method 1: use Skype

To configure a webcam to work with Skype, run the program. In the panel above, find the item "Tools" and go to "Settings" . Then go to the tab «Video Settings» and in the element «Select webcam» select the required device. Now when you make video calls on Skype, the image will be streamed from the camera of your choice.



See also: How to set up a camera in Skype

Method 2: use web services

If you want to work with the camera in a browser with any web service, there is nothing complicated here either. Go to the required site and as soon as the service switches to the webcam, you will be asked on the screen for permission to use the device. Click on the appropriate button.


Method 3: we use standard tools

Windows also has a special utility that will allow you to record a video or take a photo from your webcam. To do this, simply go to "Start" and look "Camera" in the application list. For your convenience, use the search function.


Therefore, you have learned what to do if the webcam does not work on a laptop with the Windows 8 operating system. By the way, this instruction is the same for other versions of this operating system. We hope we have been able to help you.



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