Having an issue installing something? or need to remove one that maybe windows didn`t do such a good job of?
Maybe it`s time to look under the hood?
- Note: Ghost devices are the previously installed devices which are not connected
but the drivers for that device is still present in the computer and sometimes shows in the devices list.
Open the Start menu. Now either do search or just type in CMD
A command box will open ( DOS like window)
At the command prompt, type in set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 and press Enter.
- (Note that nothing seems to happen. This is expected. You are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help you to see
On the next command prompt line, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
This will launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
In the Device Manager Console, from the View menu, select Show Hidden Devices.
- Note that ghost devices, drivers, and services are “grayed” out, but that does not necessarily mean that you should delete all of them. Only remove items
you know you do not need. Be careful that you do not change too many devices.
Once you have removed the ghost drivers completely from the system, try to reinstall the drivers for the Webcam and check if it helps.