Webcam not appearing in Device Manager

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This article addresses Webcam not appearing in Device Manager as well as Webcam quality and Technical issues.

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Privacy > Camera. In Allow access to the camera on this device, select Change and make sure Camera access for this device is turned on. 
  1. Then, allow apps access to your camera. In Camera settings, go to Allow apps to access your camera and make sure it’s turned on. 
Windows 10 allow access to camera

Restore an HP Webcam in Windows Device Manager | HP Computers | HP 
Check the below video and as suggested by HP Support in the end, try to run a System restore to the last date the driver was available and working to see if it gets the problem solved 

Manually add the webcam 
You can manually add a webcam to Device Manager. Open Device Manager and follow the steps below 

  1. In Device Manager, go to Actions > Add legacy hardware 
  1. In the window that opens, click Next. 
  1. Select ‘Install hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)‘ 
  1. From the list of device types, select ‘Cameras‘ and click Next. 
  1. If you have a driver for the webcam, you can click ‘Have disk‘ and select it. If not, proceed to the next step. 
  1. You will see a list of devices that you can install. If you don’t see a device, go back to the 4th step and instead of ‘Cameras‘ select ‘Imaging devices‘. 
  1. Select the device from the list and click Next. 
  1. Once the driver has been installed, restart your PC. 

Check the BIOS 
 Some integrated webcams can be disabled from the BIOS. If you recently updated BIOS, it is possible that the webcam has been disabled. Access the BIOS on your system and look for anything related to hardware, or hardware configuration. 

If your webcam is listed there, make sure it is enabled and/or functioning. Your BIOS should give you some sort of indication regarding this.

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