How to Use a Web Cam on an HP Laptop

by Dave Wilson

Integrated web cameras are a useful feature found on most HP laptops and enable the user to take pictures, make videos and even video chat with friends over the Internet. The HP integrated web camera can be confusing to use at first because it might be disabled or the HP program provided for use with the web camera may not be easy to locate. Start the web camera application provided with an HP laptop so that you can use the web camera for pictures, videos and more.

1

Connect your computer to the Internet. Navigate to the "Start" menu, then click the "Search" box and type "devmgmt.msc" and press the "Enter" key. The "Device Management" window will appear.

2

Find the HP webcam in the list of devices located in the right pane of the "Device Management" window. Right-click on the webcam and click "Update." Right-click on the webcam. If "Enable" is listed in the pop-up menu that appears, select "Enable."

3

Navigate to the "Start" menu and then click the "Search" box. Type "quickplay" in the "Search" box and press the "Enter" key. The "Quickplay" application window will appear. Click the "Video" icon, which is the second icon to the right in the toolbar at the bottom of the "Quickplay" window. In the "Source" section, locate and then double-click the "HP Web cam" icon to start the webcam.

4

Click the red "Record" button to start and stop video recording with the webcam. Click the "Snapshot" icon (which looks like a camera) to take pictures with the webcam.

About the Author

Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.

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