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On XP I could take photos with my webcam in „My Computer”. In Vista, this option seems to be lost. How do I take photos in Vista without installing additional software?

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Unless the camera is listed in 'Control Panel\Devices and Printers\Scanners and Cameras' (or Vista equivilent) you will need additional software/drivers. –  HaydnWVN Dec 5 '11 at 14:27
The camera works in many applications (eg. Flash Player) but doesn’t show up. –  kinokijuf Dec 5 '11 at 15:28
Then it requires software to function differently, is it a laptop? What make/model? –  HaydnWVN Dec 5 '11 at 15:39
It uses the generic "usbvideo" driver. –  kinokijuf Dec 5 '11 at 15:45
It sounds like it needs a capture program to display the specific output/query the driver, some Digital Video software lets you specify inputs but i don't know a huge amount about that. If it is an inbuilt webcam (in a Laptop) then the manufacturors website may contain updated drivers (and software) for using the camera in Vista, possibly very similar to your previous XP software. –  HaydnWVN Dec 5 '11 at 16:38

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Apparently they removed this functionality in Vista.

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I still think that loading the updated/Vista drivers (+software) for the webcam/laptop would give you similar functionality to before - possibly though a different (3rd party) program. Without more information I can't suggest more. I had mentioned this in my answer which was deleted by studiohack, hopefully (as he seems to be offline) you'll get a chance to read this! :) –  HaydnWVN Dec 6 '11 at 11:45
@HaydnWVN: You’re confusing drivers with software. –  kinokijuf Dec 6 '11 at 11:49
Without WIA to do it for you, you require some software to read the webcams (usbvideo) output, alot of manufacturers bundle the 2 together in a single installation, as they have their own programs for such. –  HaydnWVN Dec 6 '11 at 12:34
This is not my computer. –  kinokijuf Dec 9 '11 at 21:35

Windows XP and Windows 8/8.1 have a built-in webcam photo taking app, but Vista and 7 do not. So, you need an extra app for this. Good & free ones are these, for example: 1) Yawcam: http://www.yawcam.com/ (requires Java) 2) AmCap: http://amcap.en.softonic.com/ 3) Debut Video Capture. (no link given due to required reputation)

Hope that helps anyone looking for an answer! :)

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Hi nakibes, you did see : How do I take photos in Vista without installing additional software? ? –  bummi 5 hours ago
You can NOT take photos on Vista w/o such software. Windows 7 works the same way. –  nakibest 4 hours ago

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