Windows 10 USB Camera – unable to access

USB Camera in Windows 10 and Oracle VM!

I have a Logitech High Definition Pro Webcam for AV purposes connected via USB to the PC running Windows 10.  After a recent update of Oracle’s Virtual Box to version 5 something happened to the Camera connection: I was unable to use the built-in microphone of the Camera for making internet calls.

This post is all about how I diagnosed the problem and solved it in about ten minutes.

Problem:  Unable to access the USB Camera in Windows 10!  Being unable to access the USB camera connected to my HP PC with Windows 10 operating system came as a surprize.  It was an upgrade from Windows 8.1, most recently.

Solution: Because the Camera (well, for that matter, almost all USB devices) connected on this machine were enabled/connected to windows 2012 Virtual Machine via Oracle Virtual Box installed on this PC.  This probably did not happen via the most recent upgrade.   Probably, I had previously enabled them manually and forgotten about it!

This happened when I updated/upgraded the Virtual Box to version 5.  The reason for this upgrade was that the previous version did not provide “bridged adapter” to connect my guest operating systems to the internet directly to the Modem.  It was only allowing me to do NAT or Virtual Box only network connection which were insufficient.  They did not fulfill my expectations.

So, after disconnecting those USB devices from the virtual machine, I was able to access camera, printer, and scanner on windows 10 PC directly!

upgrading from vista to windows 7 home premium – part 2

Well, I ran into another problem after I did upgrade to windows 7 home premium: I needed more space to on the second partition of the 100gb hdd to accommodate all the updates needed for the os to run smoothly.  I also installed visual studio 2010 on it which really takes a lot of hard disk space.

The first partition (which contained windows server 2008 hpc edition) had some extra space.  So i needed to move some space about 10 gb from this partition to w7 partition.  I researched for partition software and i came accross easeus.  EaseUS helped a great deal to move about 10gb from first partition to the second.  Now I have enough space in w7 to accommodate all windows updates (specially visual studio sp1) and workspace for normal functioning of the os.

Windows keys for less???

Beware of websites that claim to sell microsoft windows keys for a very less prices!As I was doing some research today on an entirely unrelated subject(windows drivers for Holux GPS receiver), i came accross (probably, via google ads) a website called keyoem.com and wanted to buy one of those keys to upgrade my windows 7 home premium to business/ultimate.  The price they had put on their site was less than $35.But, before I did do the purchase, I wanted to see if it was a scam.  So i did a search on google with “windows key scam.” Lo and behold, i got several hits.These websites look genuine, and even have Microsoft partner logos on them.The first one was from technonsense.com.  This is an article that i took time to read and it saved me $35.Here is a Maliscious websites offering cheap windows keys to the full article.  Thanks to technonsense.com, who has done a great job with this regard.BisLinks.