How to view web camera without installing software (Windows 7 or Windows 8)

Windows XP users will remember being able to view a web camera from ‘My Computer’. Installed web cameras would have an icon and it was as simple as double clicking to view the image from your camera.

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Since then Microsoft have left this out of the operating systems, with the feature missing from Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8. Unfortunately this was helpful when testing a camera, streaming footage to a monitor or using USB snake cameras.

Fortunately there are several utilities that provide this functionality, my favourite is WebcamViewer – it’s tiny at 257 KB and most importantly can be ran without installation.

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To use the software simply select the camera from the drop down menu, optionally select the resolution and then click connect.

DOWNLOAD: WebcamViewerV1.0