A technological change made in Windows 10 Anniversary Update caused a problem where webcams failed to work, and the respective software (like Logitech, Skype) simply hung up within minutes of use.
This problem was first perceived as a bug in the Anniversary Update, but it appears to be an intentional change in the Redstone 1 update. Microsoft seems to have dropped support for MJPEG or H264 encoding standards and moved towards YUY2 for performance. Webcams that use MJPEG or H264 would not work correctly after the Anniversary Update.
Fix for Webcam issues in Windows 10
Meanwhile, Rafael Rivera may have found a workaround for this issue.
- Create a Restore Point first.
- Start Regedit.exe and go to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform
- Create a REG_DWORD value named EnableFrameServerMode and leave the data to
- If you’re using Windows 64-bit, make the changes here, in addition:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform
The above key is for 32-bit applications running on a Windows 64-bit computer.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
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