How to Clear Your Webcam Settings for Windows 7

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Most webcams adjust to record at different resolutions and save as various types of files. If you have experimented with these settings, it might not be clear how to put them back the way they were, and even if you haven't manually adjusted them, the software may have changed during an update. Windows 7 provides several ways to restore default webcam settings or reset the software. Study them in order to use the ones that best fit your webcam.

  • Adjust the webcam using its software program. Open the program and look for a button or menu item to change webcam settings and properties. Look for words like "settings" or "properties" or a picture icon like a wrench or an arrow. Once you have accessed the settings, look for a "default" button and press it to return to default settings. If you can't find a default button, refer to the manufacturer's instructions or website to determine what the default settings are.

  • Adjust the webcam in the Windows 7 "Device Stage." This only works if you are using an external device. The Device State window will open automatically whenever you connect the webcam. It will look different depending on what device you are using. Some devices have a button that opens options to change the webcam's settings. Click this button and then return settings to default. If there aren't clear indicators about what the default settings are, refer to the manufacturer's instruction manual or website.

  • Adjust the webcam in the Windows 7 Control Panel. This only works for external webcams. Click the "Start" menu and select "Devices and Printers." Right-click on the webcam and select "Properties." Adjust the settings in the pop-up window. Click a "default" button or buttons if they are available. If you can't find any, refer to the manufacturer's instruction manual or website for default settings.

  • Adjust settings using the Windows 7 "Device Manager" if you have an internal webcam. Click the "Start" menu and enter "device manager" in the search field. Select "Device Manager" from the list. Double-click on "Imaging Devices" and find your webcam's driver. Right-click on it and select "Properties." This window displays information about the webcam's software. Choose to "Update Driver" if your software appears to be malfunctioning, or choose to "Roll Back Driver" if it seems to be malfunctioning since its last update.

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