Windows 10 Update Stops Webcams Working

Windows 10 Update Stops Webcams Working

A recent Windows 10 update has stopped many popular webcams from working. The update, released earlier this month, stops many being used for or to broadcast and stream footage. The glitch has hit many popular webcams that connect to a computer via USB.  The cause seems to be a change in the way Windows 10 handles so it can be used by more than one program at a time.  said it was working on a fix but has not given any date for when the patch will be available.



After the Windows Update 1607 was distributed in early August, many people started reporting webcam problems to Microsoft via its support site. The trouble affected both webcams connected via USB cables or on the same network. The issue was footage could not be streamed, or the images froze after a while. Also, this affected webcams working with Skype and Lync. It was caused by the changes to the video encoding systems with which Windows 10 works.

Comments on the support thread suggests that millions of people have been inconvenienced by the bug. Some companies said customers who used webcams for banking had complained because they could no longer verify transactions.


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