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Windows 7: Is it possible to add a camera to Win7 ?

12 Nov 2017   #1
Arcadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is it possible to add a camera to Win7 ?

Whilst I've been updating and fixing a few faults with Win 7 recently I suddenly discovered surprisingly it had no camera. I'd bought it in 2013 second hand from my computer guru as a back up to my old XP just in case of any problems, and when I finally got rid of XP I used Win 7 all the time but never needed Skype.

Then when I bought Win 10 last year I suddenly needed to use a webcam for the first time but due to Skype being impossible to follow went for "appear-in" which is free and as simple as ABC compared to understanding Skype !

However it was in the course of updating Win 7 as a permanent back-up that I found there was no camera, which might have been because my computer guy said originally he'd had to replace the lid as it had been dropped and become twisted. I'd then heard only recently that if I did a complete reinstall of Win 7 it would include a camera as well but I'm very reluctant in case I lose or corrupt everything even though all my files are kept safely on a CD.

Is there any much simpler way that wouldn't be so drastic ?

Thanks


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12 Nov 2017   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

A camera is a piece of hardware so would not be part of an OS such as Win 7 or Win 10.

I'm going to guess that what you are really asking is whether Win 7 includes camera software to operate a camera. To my knowledge, other than Skype, neither Win 7 nor Win 10 come with camera software. A camera is optional hardware so it's left up to the manufacturer of the computer to include software to operate it if the computer system comes with one.

If your system does not have a camera, it's pretty simple to buy a USB camera to use with your system. Such a camera will come with software that will allow you to operate it.

If your system already has a camera, then you could download generic "web cam" software that should be able to operate it. In my experience, generic camera software works "Ok" but your camera may have special features that won't be accessible using generic software.

For an existing camera, it would be best to go to the website of the mfr of the camera to find the software to operate it or at least the website of the mfr of the computer since it should have the software available to operate optional hardware included with their computer.
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12 Nov 2017   #3
Arcadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks yes it does have a camera, apologies for not knowing should have added the word software. It's a Win 7 Home premium 64bit SPI. AMD V160 processor....

Tried a search and found a lot about drivers and catalysts etc. that's way over my head.... :)

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=am...N-6sgAbfgreAAw
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12 Nov 2017   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I looked up your laptop, and can find no camera drivers at the HP/Compaq site. That is directly from the manufacturer. Are you sure you have a camera built into it? Some models of your laptop apparently do not.

And is that the correct laptop listed in your specs?
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12 Nov 2017   #5
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

We need the suffix code of your cq56. Since I didn't have the three number/letter code I couldn't use this: http://Product search results.hp.com/Lookup? It should be like CQ56-103SG.

I would believe if your cq has had a camera there should be settings/drivers/ etc... for it. Would this help? HP VGA Notebook Webcam
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12 Nov 2017   #6
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

Since you state that the lid was replaced, best to look and make sure that a camera is pysicaly there.
When lid is open, check the top center area just above the actual screen. Camera will show as a very small
lens, probably less than 1/8 inch round or square.
Art.
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13 Nov 2017   #7
Arcadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
Since you state that the lid was replaced, best to look and make sure that a camera is pysicaly there.
When lid is open, check the top center area just above the actual screen. Camera will show as a very small
lens, probably less than 1/8 inch round or square.
Art.
Been out all day sorry....

Yes there's a tiny circle inside a larger one just above the actual screen....
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13 Nov 2017   #8
Arcadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
We need the suffix code of your cq56. Since I didn't have the three number/letter code I couldn't use this: http://Product search results.hp.com/Lookup? It should be like CQ56-103SG.

I would believe if your cq has had a camera there should be settings/drivers/ etc... for it. Would this help? HP VGA Notebook Webcam
There's an entry that says CQ56-HP but no mention of CQ56 anywhere else.....

Thanks
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13 Nov 2017   #9
Arcadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
I looked up your laptop, and can find no camera drivers at the HP/Compaq site. That is directly from the manufacturer. Are you sure you have a camera built into it? Some models of your laptop apparently do not.

And is that the correct laptop listed in your specs?
I got everything from the System page under System & Security....
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14 Nov 2017   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Open device manager and look for Image Devices. It can be that it hasn't been recognized. Do you have any yellow alerts or unknown devices?
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