Windows 10 Anniversary Update Knocks Out Webcams
Microsoft admits that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which includes Bash support, Windows Ink and a smarter Cortana, has made webcams virtually useless for possibly millions of users.Add webcams to the list of hardware that has succumbed to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, leaving users scrambling for answers on how to restore functionality that worked just fine in older versions of the operating system. This month's update was supposed to put a new, developer-friendly spin on Windows 10. New and enhanced features like Bash support, Windows Ink and a smarter Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant technology, promised to help users get more out of the stock Windows experience. Instead, several users have run into hardware-related issues since its release on Aug. 2. For instance, some PC configurations with the OS installed on a solid-state drive (SSD) freeze during startup, effectively locking out their owners after the update is applied. Microsoft is investigating the issue. Meanwhile, the company is recommending that users revert to the previous version of Windows 10 within the 10-day window in which the fallback option is available after the Anniversary Update is installed. Microsoft's support forums also contain tips from users who have successfully gained entry into their locked systems, including removing and updating old antivirus software or logging in with a second user account, an action that somehow repairs an inoperative main account.
Now, owners of several popular webcams are discovering that the Anniversary Update has frozen out their cameras, turning simple tasks like conducting video calls or recording a podcast into a troubleshooting saga. The issue stems from changes in how the operating system now handles MJPEG and H.264 streams.