How to Install a Webcam

by C. Taylor

Most modern laptops integrate a webcam into the top edge of your LCD screen, but desktops typically do not. If your computer does not have a webcam, or you simply want a higher-resolution model, you can quickly add one through your USB port. The drivers for most USB webcams are automatically installed upon connection, but you may still want to install the packaged software for accessing advanced features.

Insert the webcam's CD into your CD or DVD drive and choose to run the installation program. If a CD is not included with your webcam, consult its user manual for information regarding recommended utilities. If necessary, visit the manufacturer website, download the recommended installation file and double-click the file to start the installation.

Follow the on-screen instructions in the installation program. Webcam programs vary between models, but the installation wizard provides sufficient information to walk you through the procedure. Some installation wizards also include speaker and microphone setup for optimal placement and volumes.

Position the webcam where it easily captures your face. Most webcams have a clip for attaching the webcam to your monitor, but some have a base stand that sits on your desk.

Plug the webcam's USB cable into an available USB port on your computer. The drivers will automatically complete the webcam setup.


  • Some webcams also include a built-in microphone. If this microphone conflicts with your system microphone, set the webcam microphone as the default device when using the webcam. Right-click the speaker icon from the notification area and select "Recording Devices." Right-click the webcam microphone and select "Set as Default Device."

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