How to Fix 0xA00F4244 Error On Windows PC?

Using your laptop’s inbuilt camera or your computer’s external webcam device is common nowadays. People who handle video conferencing and use it for online classes find it difficult to live without it. And also some people connect with their loved ones by video chatting and feel their virtual presence with webcam. To all these people even a slight bug in their process to use the webcam is unbearable and people tend to lose their patience over this. Now, the most common error people get in their Windows 10 PC is error 0xA00F4244. This error comes with the following error message:

We can’t find your camera. Check to be sure it’s connected and installed properly, that it isn’t being blocked by antivirus software, and that your camera drivers are up-to-date. If you need it, here’s the error code: 0xA00F4244(0xC00D36D5).”

How to Fix 0xA00F4244 Error

What is Error 0xA00F4244?

Error 0xA00F4244 is a camera not found or is not accessible error. It generally occurs if the permissions to access the camera have not been granted.

One of the causes of this error might be that the antivirus software that is installed on your computer is blocking us from accessing the camera or any problematic camera driver. Now if you are using any external camera device here then make sure that the device you are using is compatible with your computer.

How to Fix The Error 0xA00F4244 On Windows 10?

Lucky for you that there are various solutions to this problem you can do by yourself. Now all of them do not seem to work but a few of them do help. Here we will discuss the solutions which are quite helpful.

Method 1: Allow The Application To Use The Camera

Make sure that the permission to access the camera has been granted in the settings. Following are the steps to do it:

  1. Open settings from the menu or by pressing the Windows key + I simultaneously.
  2. Now in the settings window, click on privacy.
  3. Now in the privacy, click on the camera from the list of options available in the left-hand side panel.
  4. Now, the right side, make sure that the “let the app use my camera hardware” has been set to ON, if not then click on it to enable the application to use the camera.

Method 2: Reset The Camera Application

  1. Open settings from the menu or by pressing the Windows key+i simultaneously.
  2. Now in the settings menu click on the Apps.
  3. Now in the Apps, click on Default Apps.
  4. Now, click on Camera.
  5. Click on Advanced Options.
  6. A new window will appear, now click on the Reset button to reset the Camera application.

Method 3: Update The Webcam Driver

  1. From Control Panel, go to the Device Manager.
  2. Or, Press Windows key + R to open the Run Command and then type in devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager.                                                                                                                               
  3. In Device Manager, expand Cameras and find your Webcam device.
  4. Right-click on it and select Update Driver.

Method 4: Register Windows Store app Again

  1. Press Windows key + X, to open a quick access menu.
  2. Click on Command Prompt (Admin) on it.
  3. A User Account Control window will appear, click on Yes on it.                                                         
  4. Command Prompt as Administrator window will appear.
  5. Type in the following command in it:
    PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"
  6. After this Restart the computer for changes to come into effect.

Method 5: Roll Back The Webcam Driver

  1. Open the Device Manager from Control Panel.
  2. Expand the Camera and right click your Webcam Driver and click on Properties.
  3. Now, click on the Driver Tab.
  4. In the Driver tab, click on Roll Back Driver, after this Restart your PC for the changes to come into effect.

Method 6: Troubleshoot And Find For Troubles In The Windows Store Apps

  1. Open Control Panel and search for Troubleshooting in the search bar.
  2. Click on the Troubleshooting.                                                                     
  3. Now from the left-hand side panel, click on View All. 
  4. A list of troubleshooters will appear.
  5. From the list of troubleshooters, click on Windows Store Apps.                           
  6. Click on Next and the troubleshooters will find if any bug is there in Windows Store App or not. 

Method 7: Scan For Those Malwares

You might have seen people in movies covering their webcam with a tap or marker for preventing the hackers to view their activities. If the hacker has access to your webcam then there is a possibility that you cannot access it at the same time. So we must scan the malware to make sure that our webcam is not part of any such activities and it may also solve the error. Following are the steps to do so:

  1. From the Start Menu’s list of applications, click on Windows Defender. 
  2. Click on the “Virus and Threat Protection” button.
  3. Select the “Scan Offline” option.
  4. Once you do it, your system will get restarted and the scan must be completed.
  5. After the system is rebooted, once again go to “Virus and Threat Protection” under Windows Defender.
  6. Go to “Virus and Threat Protection Settings” and activate the “Cloud-Based Protection”.
  7. Restart the computer for the system to reflect changes.

Method 8: Tweaking Registry

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run Command.
  2. Type in “Regedit” and press the Enter key.
  3. Registry Editor’s operating page will open up.
  4. Click on “File” and select “Export”, this will make a backup of your registry for a safe side.
  5. If you are working on a 64 bit OS then go to the following pathway: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE >WOW6432Node>Microsoft > Windows media foundation > Platform, and if you are on a 32 bit Operating System then follow the following pathway: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows media foundation > Platform.
  6. On the right-hand pane select New, and choose “DWORD(32) value”.
  7. Rename the latest entry with the “EnableFrameServerMode” name.
  8. Right Click on the subkey and click on modify from the context menu.
  9. Change its value to “0”, which resembles the deactivation binary digit.   
  10. Finally Restart the computer to reflect the changes.

Method 9: Change The Camera Application

If the problem is not solved till now then one possible cause might be that the default camera application might be buggy or there is some other problem with that.

Try installing any other third party Camera application from a reliable source. This might solve the problem and your camera might work in the newly installed application.

Method 10: Check Your Antivirus Software

This is highly likely that your antivirus software might be obstructing the path between your application and the hardware. Try changing any such setting in your Antivirus software or update your antivirus software.

If the problem is still not solved try the forums of your respective antivirus software or contact the vendor’s call support and get the help required. Or, just for checking to disable the antivirus software for quite some time and see if the problem ceases or not.

Conclusion:

The solutions discussed above will surely help and work for you. If all of the above methods did not work for you then try installing any other drivers or camera application. Also check if the camera is properly connected or not.

I hope, that this blog has helped you in getting rid of the error.
Cheers!

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