Getting Error we can’t find your camera error code 0xa00f4244 (0xC00DABE0) or  “something went wrong make sure your camera is connected and not being used by another app” While open Webcam/camera app on windows 10. Or After Recent windows 10 Upgrade windows 10 fails to open camera app with error code 0xa00f4244(0xc00dabe0). The common cause for this error might be an antivirus software blocking the webcam or camera. Or it would be webcam driver issue, may the driver get corrupted, outdated or incompatible with the current windows version. Here some effective solutions to fix :

We can’t find your camera. Check to make sure that it’s connected and installed 
properly, that it isn’t being blocked by anti-virus software, and that your camera 
drivers are up to date. If you need it, here’s the error code: 0xA00F4244 (0xC00DABE0). 
And some time The error code could be 0xa00f4244(0xc00d36d5).

Fix windows Camera error code 0xa00f4244 (0xC00DABE0)

Start with basic first Disable Antivirus, Firewall or any third party to make sure security software not causing the issue. Simply Right-click on the Antivirus Program icon from the system tray and select Disable. To disable Firewall open control panel ->  System and Security -> Windows Firewall -> on the left window pane click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off. and Select Turn off Windows Firewall and restart your PC.

Also If you are connected an External USB webcam, Then try to connect the same to the different USB port.

Run the Hardware and Device Troubleshooter form Settings -> Update & Security -> Troubleshooting -> under find and fix other problems click on hardware devices and run the troubleshooter To check for the faulty hardware device.

Make sure windows have installed the latest updates.  You can check them from settings -> Update & security -> windows update -> check for updates.

Make sure that apps are allowed to use your computer’s camera

If due to any reason previously you have disabled windows Apps/ Background running apps. and having apps’ access to your camera restricted can also lead the camera error code 0xa00f4244(0xc00dabe0). We recommend to check and make sure make sure that apps are allowed to access and use your computer’s camera.

Open Settings -> privacy From the left-hand menu select Camera. Here Make sure the toggle below Camera which says “Let apps use my camera hardware” is turned ON. Close Settings and reboot your PC to save changes.

Let apps use my camera hardware” is turned ON
Let apps use my camera hardware” is turned ON

Reset Camera App to Default setup




Reset the Webcam app to its default setup, Which may fix if the problem started due to any wrong configuration on the camera app. To do this  Open the Settings app. Navigate to Apps > Apps & features. Look for the Camera app entry and click on the same to see Advanced options click on it.  click the Reset button. When you see the confirmation flyout, click the Reset button to reset the Camera app to its default setup.

Reset windows 10 camera app
Reset windows 10 camera app

Roll Back Webcam Driver

If the problem Started after recent driver upgrade, Or windows 10 upgrade we recommend to first try to Roll back your webcam Driver to the previous version To do this Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter key To open Device manager window. Now Expand Imaging devices or Sound, video, and game controllers or Cameras and find your webcam listed under it.

Then Right-click on your webcam and select Properties. Move to the Driver tab, select Roll Back Driver, and then choose Yes. (Note that some drivers don’t provide a rollback option.)  Select Yes to continue with the rollback and reboot your PC once the process is complete. After that check and open Camera app hope this time start without any error.

rollback camera app driver
rollback camera app driver

Uninstall your webcam driver and scan for hardware changes

If Rollback driver option no fix the problem or Roll back driver not available for you. Then try to update, Re-install the webcam/camera device driver by following steps.

Open Device Manager, press and hold (or right-click) your webcam, and then select Properties. Select the Driver tab, select Uninstall Delete the driver software for this device,  then select OK and Restart windows

uninstall webcam on windows 10
uninstall webcam on windows 10

On next start again open Device Manager, on the Action menu, select Scan for hardware changes. Wait for it to scan and reinstall updated drivers, restart your PC, and then try opening the Camera app again.




If your webcam still doesn’t work, visit Device manufacturer (Webcam manufacturer or Laptop manufacturer) website and download the latest available driver for Webcam. Then double-click on setup.exe and follow on-screen instructions to install the driver. Or looking for help on the webcam manufacturer’s website.

Tweak Windows Registry Editor

Also, you can tweak Windows registry editor to fix windows webcam problem/errors. Simply Press Windows Key + R type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor. First backup registry database and, Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform

Right-click on Platform then select New > DWORD (32-bit) value. And name this new DWORD as EnableFrameServerMode. Double click on EnableFrameServerMode and change it’s value to 0. Click OK and close the registry editor, Restart windows to take effect the changes.

registry tweak to fix camera error on win 10
registry tweak to fix camera error on win 10
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These are some most effective solutions to fix windows 10 webcam related problems such as we can’t find your camera error code 0xa00f4244 (0xC00DABE0), 0xa00f4244(0xc00d36d5) etc. I am sure applying these solutions back your webcam to the normal working stage. Still, have any query, suggestion feel free to discuss in comments below. Also, Read Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working? Here’s 5 solutions to Fix It