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If you have privacy concerns or for some other reason you are not using the webcam on your Windows 10 computer, you can check this article to completely disable the webcam on your PC at the operating system level. .

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Disable the webcam using Group Policy or Registry Editor

There are two ways to completely disable the webcam on your Windows 10 PC at the operating system level.

Via the local group policy editor

To completely disable the webcam on your Windows 10 at the operating system level through Group Policy, follow these steps:

  • Press on Windows + R to display the dialog box Execute.
  • In the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc and press Entrance to open the Group Policy Editor.
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, use the left pane to navigate to the path below:
Configuration ordinateur > Modèles d'administration > Composants Windows > Appareil photo
  • In the right pane, double-click Allow use of the camera to modify its properties.
  • Set the radio button to Deactivated.
  • Click on Apply> OK to save the changes.
  • Exit the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Restart your computer.

Via the registry editor

To completely disable the webcam on your Windows 10 PC at the operating system level through the Registry Editor, follow these steps:

As this is a registry operation, it is recommended that you back up the registry or create a system restore point as a necessary precaution. Once done, you can proceed as follows:

  • Press on Windows + R to display the dialog box Execute.
  • In the dialog Execute, type regedit and press Entrance to open the registry editor.
  • Navigate to the registry key path below:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftCamera
  • At this location, in the right pane, right-click the empty space in the right pane, and select New> DWORD (32-bit) value to create the registry key, then rename the key to AllowCamera and press Entrance.
  • Double-click on the new value to modify its properties.
  • Enter in the field Value data.
  • Click on okay or press Entrance to save the change.
  • Exit the registry editor.
  • Restart your PC.
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