On the 2nd of August, Windows 10 users received the much anticipated update called Anniversary Edition. Codenamed Redstone 1, this final version of the update is gigantic and it has lots of new features and changes that make Windows 10 a better OS. However, there were some other issues that appeared along with its installation, and one of them is the fact that many users reported that their webcams are not functioning as they did before the update.
Obviously, developers cannot predict and simulate all the combinations of hardware and software that exist in the world, and this is why there are some bugs in the new update. However, there is a simple way of temporarily solving it until Microsoft releases a fix for this.
The solution is to work in the registry files in your operating system. Warning: changing things in your Windows Registry is a delicate operation since any unwanted change or error might lead to the system not booting correctly or at all.
Search for the term “Regedit” in the Start Menu and launch the app. Look for the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key and then look in the directories until you find the right entry called HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform. From here, you just have to double-click on the EnableFrameServerMode DWORD option and change whatever value you find there to 0. Save by pressing OK.
After that, you should go to a similar entry to modify it: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform. Here you should also double press the EnableFrameServerMode DWORD entry and change it to 0. OK saves the changes. Depending on your computer, you might also need to reboot the machine in order for the modifications to take place. Now your webcam should function just like it did before the update.
Of course, you can always uninstall the update entirely and go back to the previous settings.