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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
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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
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You can do that easily with an free online flash app: http://blog.chrometaphore.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/WebcamSnapshot.swf

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

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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: http://www.takepictureonline.com

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thanks, works well –  Hayden Thring Jun 9 '13 at 3:35
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The most straightforward way it to install Picasa ..: http://picasa.google.com/

.. 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 at 18:42
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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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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
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