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Windows 7: Make "Windows 10 Turn on or Off Camera feature" available in Windows 7

25 Mar 2017   #1
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 
Make "Windows 10 Turn on or Off Camera feature" available in Windows 7

This is the policy setting in Windows 10. It enables or prevents applications and utilities from using the camera device.
More on the windows 10 feature, see Turn off or on Camera in Windows 10
How would you go about doing this in Windows 7. Via Elevated Command Prompt or GUI procedure?


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25 Mar 2017   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Iko,
just go to device manager Dissable it.

Roy
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25 Mar 2017   #3
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Device Manager > disable driver.

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EDIT: Sorry, Roy. Slow typist here.


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25 Mar 2017   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I don't show the listing so when did it show up or lead you to believe it is an issue in win-7 ?
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25 Mar 2017   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I just use this to selectively enable/ disable the driver.

WebCam On-Off v1.2
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I just launch it from a shortcut when required.


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26 Mar 2017   #6
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Thanks everyone for the uploads . Doesn't quite help. I think I was really looking for something that could prevent/enable stills cameras or media card readers connection from being detected by utilities or applications. Preferably without knowing what camera driver is connected.

If I had to resort to enabling/disabling each camera driver via device manager that wouldn't be the effect I was after. Maybe it would toggle a USB event or Message Queue event ?

I didn't mean uniquely Webcam I can say that for sure.
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30 Mar 2017   #7
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
I just use this to selectively enable/ disable the driver.

WebCam On-Off v1.2
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I just launch it from a shortcut when required.
Thanks Callender, maybe I can look at that link later on.
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30 Mar 2017   #8
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Seems there is a difference between Auto Play and Auto Run. If autorun is disabled then autoplay does not respond to a device connected by peripheral lead, nor would other utilities detect the presence of the camera device?
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30 Mar 2017   #9
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

No it would still see the device unless it is disabled as stated in the device manger as auto play is just a set of rules to either do nothing or import pictures or just open a usb stick ect, it is the list that pops up when you put in a device that uses media. Disabling it just makes it not come up for new devices and not do the saved settings for old devices. A program like skype for instance will still see a webcam ect. If you can see the device in devices and printers it can be seen by all other applications.

Malcolm



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30 Mar 2017   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you want to know which programs are accessing your webcam you can run this:
Who Stalks My Cam
Also in the past I messed about with PrivacyFence. You can set it up to monitor protected file types and determine applications/ processes that can access or modify them. I have to say that understanding how to use it along with configuration is a huge issue. If an application tries to access a protected file type you will be notified with option to block.

I don't currently have it installed but here's some screenshots anyway.

List of protected file types and trusted applications:
Add file type to protected list:
NOTE: This is really only suitable for advanced users. You'd need a system image backup that you can restore before installing PrivacyFence. Also the installer must be run with admin rights (right click and run as admin)

Fortres Grand: Privacy Fence - Active Privacy Protection and Forensics
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