This quick fix is for those of you trying to run the Windows 10 Camera App to view your web camera. I encountered a situation whereby after plugging in a USB Web Camera, opening the Camera App and waiting a few seconds I was presented with an error message stating: “Something went wrong. If you need it, here’s the error code: 0xA00F4246(0xE8010001)”.
A quick bit of research and I found a really simple registry modification using RegEdit sorted the problem out.
For those of you with short attention spans who are familiar with using RegEdit here is a very quick explanation of what I did to solve the error. For those who are unfamiliar with registry editing, don’t worry, I have provided a file below that will add the correct value into your registry for you.
Quick Summary of the solution to Error 0xA00F4246 (0xE8010001)
- Close the Camera App.
- Open RegEdit.
- Navigate to LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > MICROSOFT > WINDOWS MEDIA FOUNDATION > PLATFORM.
- Add a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named EnableFrameServerMode
- Modify the DWORD Value that you just created and set the “Base” to Hexadecimal and set the “Value Data” to 0.
- Close RegEdit.
- Open the Camera App again, your Web Cam should now work.
For those of you who have no idea what any of that means or too lazy to edit the registry yourself I have supplied a .reg file that will add the DWORD value to the correct registry path for you*. You can download the file here.
You will need to extract the .zip file and open the .reg file contained within.
*DISCLAIMER: I take no responsibility for any damages that may result from running the .reg file linked on this website. I have tested it myself on Windows 10 without issue but there is no guarantee that your experience will be the same.