Webcam not working "Program Programs Compatibility Application Applications"

My Dell computer used to run on windows 7 I have upgraded to windows 8 and my webcam will not work, when I try to use it, it says that webcam cant be found!


Hi Philip,


I understand that you are facing compatibility issue when trying to access webcam with your windows 8 operating system. Please answer the following questions for better understanding of the issue:


1) What is the model number of the computer?


2) Are you using an internal or an external webcam?


3) What is the status of Webcam in the device manager?




Method 1: Run the Hardware and devices troubleshooter to diagnose the exact issue.


a) Press “Windows Key + C” to open Charms Bar.


b) Select Search option.


c) Select “Settings” then type “Troubleshooter” in the Search box and hit enter.


d) Select “Hardware and Sound” from the Troubleshooter Window.


e) Select “Hardware and Devices” under Sound option.


f) Follow the On Screen instructions.



I would recommend you to refer to the following link and check if your webcam is compatible with Windows 8 Operating system. If it is not compatible I would suggest you to uninstall the Camera drivers from Device Manager and then Re-install the drivers from manufacturer’s website in Windows 7 compatibility mode and check its functionality.



Update the drivers for the Webcam by downloading the drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

If there are no drivers available for Windows 8, I would suggest you to download windows 7 drivers and install them in compatibility mode.


Refer to the link:

Make older programs compatible with this version of Windows:


Windows Compatibility Center:




Method 2: Steps to Uninstall and Re-install drivers in Compatibility mode:


To Uninstall:


a) Press “Windows key” + “R” on the keyboard.


b) Type “devmgmt.msc” in the “Run” Window.


c) Search for the Camera device in the “Device Manager” window and then expand it.


d) Right click on it and select “Uninstall” and follow the instructions on the screen to complete it.




To Re-install in compatibility mode:


a) Download the driver setup file and save it on your local disk.


b) Right click on the setup file of the driver and select “Properties”


c) Select “Compatibility” Tab.


d) Make a check mark next to Run this program in “Compatibility mode” and select the compatible version of Windows from the drop down list.


e) Let the driver to install and then check the functionality.




Also refer to the following links:


a) Troubleshooting: Webcams:



b) Camera app and webcams: FAQ



c) Program Compatibility Assistant: Frequently asked questions:




Hope it helps, if you have any query or you need any other information about Windows; feel free to post your questions and we will be glad to help.




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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 131 Applies to: