Windows Won't Recognize My Camera

by Stephen Lilley

If the Windows operating system won't recognize your camera even after it is attached to your computer, this means that a device driver for the camera has not been installed. Certain models of cameras are "plug and play," meaning that Windows will automatically recognize them and use a generic driver to get them to work. If the generic driver is not compatible, you will have to install the dedicated device driver that came with the camera on a CD-ROM.

Place the device driver CD-ROM that came with your camera into your computer's disc drive.

Click "Start."

Click "Computer."

Double-click the CD-ROM icon to load the driver installation utility.

Click "Install." This will install the dedicated device driver for your camera on your computer. When this process is finished, reboot your computer. Windows will now recognize your camera.

About the Author

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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