WebcamViewer – View your webcam on Window 7

If you ever use Window XP + Webcam, you probably know that you can view the webcam under My Computer, without any application or webcam software.



Unfortunately, under Window Vista and Window 7, this feature has been removed, and if you want to have a view on your webcam, you will need a webcam software. Therefore I decide to develop a very simple webcam software called WebcamViewer that enable you to have a view on your webcam. You can download the software from the link at the bottom of this post.

image WebcamViewer is a very simple click-and-run application, where you don’t have to install the application. Simply download the exe file and run the exe file to use the software. You can store it inside your harddisk or you can carry it in your pendrive, and run it on any PC you want.

The Interface is simple, the first thing you have to do is to choose your Webcam. At the top left of the interface, choose the appropriate webcam. Please take note that some user might experience having “Google Camera Adapter” under the list, which is not the real webcam, choose the correct one.


After choosing the webcam, you will need to choose the desire resolution and refresh rate for the webcam. Click on the list at the right side of the webcam selector to view the available resolution and refresh rate for the selected webcam. For example “640×480 30” means that the width of the image is 640 pixel, the height of the image is 480 pixel and the refresh rate of the image is 30 frame per second. Please take note that the available resolution and refresh rate will be different for different model of webcam.


Now, click Connect, and you should have the live video from your webcam.

www.bustatech.com006 To disconnect, simply click Disconnect button or you can click the X at the top right of the window to close the application. To capture an image from your webcam, you can simply double click on the image, and the captured image will be store at the same directory as the exe file. A folder with the name of the webcam (Integrated Webcam in my PC) will be created at the directory of the exe file.image All the captured image will be stored in the “Integrated Webcam” folder, and the filename will be the date and time of the capture.image You can also use WebcamViewer to view more than one webcam at the same time. Simply run 2 copy of WebcamViewer (after having WebcamViewer running, simply double-click on the WebcamViewer.exe file AGAIN to have the 2nd copy of the application), and connect to different webcam on each copy of WebcamViewer.

www.bustatech.com009 Have a try!


Application Error

If you ever come across with this problem, “The Application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.”, you will need to install Microsoft .NET Framework to continue using this software. You can download Microsoft .NET Framework at the download link provided at the end of this article.


System Requirement

Supported Operating System: Window XP, Window Vista and Window 7

Required Software: Microsoft .NET Framework




Microsoft .NET Framework


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247 Responses

  1. Chhavi says:

    hi!i just used version 1.0. its working great but i cant find the folder where the images must have been stored. can sum1 help??

  2. warning says:

    This WebcamViewer 2.1 is blocked by my virusscanner saying that it is potentially harming my computer.
    Please react.
    Thank you

  3. Randy says:

    Thanks! Very useful. I have noted that after running for a while, it will report an unhanded exception and I’ll have to quit and restart. It might be my power savings scheme because it doesn’t happen often if I am actively using the computer.

  4. wstn says:

    Nice work! I may have found an important issue though. There is a memory leak that occurs when the viewer is occluded behind another window or also when the viewer is minimized (anytime the viewer is connected and its window is not visible). It then consumes memory without releasing it until all available system memory is used. Otherwise it looks like the program consumes memory steadily, but then releases it at regular intervals and my system (Windows 7) stays stable.

    Otherwise, great app. Since Windows 7 eliminated direct viewing of USB camera’s video streams via Windows Explorer (USB cameras used to appear in My Computer and could be used without 3rd party software), a good lightweight USB camera viewer is needed and VLC just doesn’t fit the bill :).


  5. wsokol says:

    It works on my desktop but on on the laptop that already has a camera built it. When I try to connect to a second USB camera I get the message cannot connect because the device is in use, which clearly is an error. I checked the USB driver for the camera – no error messages. I am not having this problem when I use the same camera and same software on my desktop Any suggestions?

  6. Daniel says:

    Just freezes. Not working.

  7. Alex says:

    Handy bit of software. would love to be able to keep it on top of all the windows. Any idea how i would do that?

  8. TomTrottier says:

    Alas, you have left out the frames-per-second associated with each resolution.
    Also, the 1280×720 on my webcam just stretches the screen, unlike V1.

  9. powiat lubin says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your web site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock
    Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!

  10. Hi all, the version 2 having quite number of problem. Now building new version totally overhauled version. Coming soon stay tuned. V2 not compatible with all type of computer. Sorry for the delay , working on something else.

  11. phalanges1972 says:

    As this is one of my “USB toolbox” programs, I am glad to hear you may perhaps grace everyone with another version of this simple utility. The 1.0 version has worked just fine for a long time. And has assisted with many quick fixes for me. Good luck with all your projects!

  12. ThomiG says:

    Great app! Exactly what I was looking for. Sadly version 1 does not support borderless fullscreen mode and the other two versions don’t seem to work with my camera. Version 2 says, that the selected resolution is higher than the screen resolution and version 3 says, that the hardware does not support snapshot and won’t disply any picture… Version 1 is still the best. Anyway you can implement the fullscreen mode into that version?

    Thank you very much!

  13. Roberto says:

    Thanks for developing and sharing this software! It just works. Keep up the great work!

  14. Nagabhushana Rao says:

    It is a great software. Can you provide an option to keep the window on top in the left upper corner. This would be very useful to project the speaker’s live video during a live powerpoint presentaion.

  15. LAMOMPE says:


  16. zephyr says:

    Thanks bro! I works really well and is so simple to use! I am using it on Windows 7 professional.

  17. Roberto says:

    Incredible my friend. I’ve been looking for an app like this for a while but no luck. I think it would be even greater if this can record video. Anyway excellent job!

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