Recent Microsoft Update Might Have Broken Your Camera

Microsoft rolled out its new anniversary update on 2nd August for Windows 10, which is the first major update after its release.

Along with major improvements and new features, like new Cortana directives, improved pen performance, advanced security features like facial recognition technology, but this update is also behind million broken cameras around the globe.

Many users discovered that their webcams are working after the update, some were plagued with a system-wide freeze after logging into windows, and Paul Thurrott also reports that OS is killing certain webcams, but the good news is that a fix is coming, most probably in September.


The cameras that work with particularly two compression formats – H.264 and MJPEG are affected, and Microsoft is only allowing YuY2 encoding. Microsoft said they are building a fix for MJPEG, which will be released in September, but H. 264 user might have to suffer a bit long with these problems.

Windows no longer allows USB webcams to use MJPEG or H.264 encoded streams and is only allowing YUY2 encoding. If your webcams so much tries to use these encodings, it will freeze. If next time your camera freezes, don’t blame your laptop, blame Microsoft.

If you are still facing these problems then you might apply the fix given below:

If you are comfortable changing registry then only proceed with the following tweak.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform, add DWORD “EnableFrameServerMode” and set to 0, you will then need to restart Skype.

Source: Thurrot

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I have been born and brought up in Delhi, also called mini India. Being brought up in an environment where politics is preached and followed has actually made me an extrovert, opinionated and very adaptive (Jugaadu) to situations. Apart from blogging, I love football, video-games, travelling, trekking, and meeting new people.

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