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I know it existed as sort of a folder in Windows Explorer in at least Windows XP, but I just can't seem to find it in Windows 7...

How can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7 without using any 3rd party tools?

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It's not included per-se, but if you use Windows Live Messenger you can go to webcam preview mode and take a screenshot of yourself. – John T Sep 14 '10 at 22:37
@JohnT Messenger was decommissioned a year ago (but is still available in mainland China). I suggest upgrading to Windows 8 and using the built-in Camera app :) – gparyani Sep 9 '14 at 14:42
possible duplicate of How can I view my webcam in vista? – kinokijuf Mar 3 '15 at 16:30
@EladKarako That sounds very Lenovo/IBM specific... – Svish Nov 19 '15 at 21:49
For Lenovo/IBM users: Use "C:\Program Files\Lenovo\Communications Utility\CommMain.exe", or run "C:\Program Files\Lenovo\Communications Utility\CommOSD.exe" and press [FN]+[F6], both are similar, using the built-in driver/program of Lenovo/IBM so it is the best solution, and you can also switch resolutions and check different camera settings while you choose your best settings. Just click "Take Snapshot". – user429721 Nov 21 '15 at 14:18

Answer I wrote from another similar question.

Technically it isn't built in, but it is by Microsoft - so hope that doesn't count as third party in your books.

I find the best and quickest program to be Microsoft AMcap.

It works via native DirectX functions and is very lightweight.

It is a free utility available through the DirectX SDK - and here is a direct link to Amcap.exe.

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I just downloaded the DirectX SDK (all 571MB) and installed it to Win 7 - unfortunately AMcap doesn't seem to be included any more. – Highly Irregular Jan 16 '12 at 9:58
Amcap is included in some webcam drivers, for example ZS0211. Google it and you'll find some downloads. For example file with that name works for me: ZS0211_ov7648&PO2030_Setup (exe or zip) – gronostaj Sep 3 '14 at 10:30
And AMcap.exe doesn't work alone either..... – JuliandotNut Jul 2 '15 at 19:24

You can do that easily with an free online flash app:

(it's an example but you can found a lot)


An other example of an online photobooth (using HTML5, with Flash fallback), which require no additional software

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The most straightforward way it to install Picasa ..:

.. click on icon for "Capture photos and videos from a webcam or other video device" ..:

Take webcam picture

.. and then take picture or record video:

enter image description here

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While technically Picasa is a third-party tool, this answer was helpful for me since I already had it installed. – Mike Henry Jun 18 '14 at 18:42

For Lenovo users, there's the Web Conferencing tool that comes with your ThinkPad that allows you to save camera snapshots. I know it's not an answer to the original question, but I arrived here via a Google search for a quick way to take a snapshot with my built in webcam so I guess more people will.

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I have setup this site a while back to make it easier for users who would rather use an online service to take pictures online:

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thanks, works well – Hayden Thring Jun 9 '13 at 3:35
I like this idea but I click upload and I have no idea where the picture goes? – Jonathan Mee Sep 1 '15 at 12:59

Check Picanom -- its an online service (I don't trust such stuff much).
Your HP ProBook must have also come with its own Webcam Software.
Check this for example

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Windows 7, start Menu -> Run, type "webcam" or "camera" and you should see camera related software that came with your PC. Click on the software and that will allow you to take a pic.

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Sounds good, I'd try it out if I still possessed that computer -- work laptop from previous job. – Eric Wilson Sep 30 '11 at 18:34

I use CommandCam:

To convert to JPEG, I use this:

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There are only two sentences in that question and the second one is "How can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7 without using any 3rd party tools?". – gronostaj Sep 3 '14 at 10:28
Other people searching for information on taking pictures with webcams will find this question, and my answer will be useful to them. – PhilHibbs Sep 3 '14 at 14:34

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