Fix: WebCam error 0xA00F4246 on Windows 10

Did you try to use the camera app while doing a video conferencing on Skype or Zoom and run into 0xA00F4246 error instead? Well, there are different reasons that may cause this bug such as – damaged/missing system files, outdated camera driver, corrupt hard disk, etc. Anyways, in this post, we present seven working solutions that you can use to get rid of this persisting error code. 

To solve the WebCam error 0xA00F4246, use the workarounds – install pending updates (if available any), allow camera access to the third-party apps, and update related drivers. If the issue persists even after this, Run Windows Store app troubleshooter, perform sfc scan or apply the registry tweaks. Many a time, this is just due to faulty hard disk, so it’s better to check that at first. Let’s explore the solutions in detail –

How to fix Camera Error code 0xA00F4246 on Windows 10

To solve the WebCam Error 0xA00F4246 on Windows 10 device, use the following fixes –

1] Run Pending Cumulative Updates

If your system is running on an earlier build version, this may result in camera bugs and errors. So, download and install the latest security patch on your computer via the Windows Update section.

Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Use WinKey + I hotkey to launch the Settings app.
  • Select Update & Security followed by Windows Update on the next screen.
  • Move to the adjacent right and hit the Check for updates button.

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  • The system will auto-download and install the pending updates to your computer. 
  • Once over, Restart your PC to implement the recent changes.

Note: Alternatively you may visit the Update Catalog and download the latest standalone package matching your system architecture. 

2] Check the permission accessible to Camera

Windows 10 often restricts usage of the camera app for different programs. Opening an application that doesn’t have the access to camera or its features may also lead to the error 0xa00f4246. Follow the below steps to check the camera accessible permissions and change them (if required) –

  • Click the Search icon, type Privacy, and hit the well-matching result. 
  • When the Privacy window under Settings comes into view, select Camera.
  • Head over to the right pane and turn On the toggle switch next to “Allow apps to access your camera“.

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  • In the end, close all running apps and Reboot your device.

3] Use Windows Store Apps troubleshooter

Microsoft incorporates a great utility program for windows 10 users – “Troubleshooter”. You may run this utility program to auto-check for any bugs or issues. This will resolve the conflicting reasons automatically (if possible). All you need is to go through the below steps –

  • Click once on the WinKey and select the gear icon.
  • When the Settings UI appears, select Update & Security thereafter Troubleshoot.
  • Move to the adjacent right, scroll down, and click to expand Windows Store Apps.
  • Next, hit Run the troubleshooter. Wait for a while as this takes a few minutes to troubleshoot the underlying causes.

Run Windows Store app troubleshooter

  • If this indeed solves the bug, it reports the same on the last screen. Otherwise, try the next workarounds –

4] Update Camera driver

In certain circumstances, the outdated camera driver restricts its access to different programs thus evoking the error 0xa00f4246. Therefore, check if there is an update available to the current camera driver. Here’s how to do – 

  • Right-click on the Win icon and select “Device Manager“.
  • Click the “>” sign next to the Cameras option. 
  • Right-click again on the integrated camera driver and select “Update driver”.

Device Manager Update Camera Driver

  • Subsequently, hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • The system will take care of the remaining tasks. Wait for this to finish and Restart your PC.

5] Scan the damaged using Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

Running Windows 10 on a corrupt hard disk may also result in such errors. Hence, you must ensure whether all the components of the HDD are working properly or not. Here are the necessary steps to work upon –

  • Press Win+Q to start the Windows Search UI and type “cmd“.
  • Make a right-click on the top result and select “Run as Administrator”
  • When the UAC window prompts, hit Yes to permit access.
  • Next, execute the below code –

msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic

  • This launches a pop-up window, click Next to proceed further.

Heardware and Devices troubleshooter

  • The scanning process starts immediately afterward.

When this completes, this will generate a report on the current working status of the hard disk drive. If this is working perfectly alright, then try the next fixes. Otherwise, go to the nearest computer shop and buy a new HDD/ SSD.  

6] Run System File Checker Command

The presence of corrupt/missing system files may also cause the camera bug 0xA00F4246. It’s always better to scan the entire PC for possible obsolete system files using the SFC tool. Running this command-line utility program locates and repairs the damaged files (if it finds any). Here’s how to run this tool –

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and select the Run option.
  • Type cmd in the text field, and simultaneously press Ctrl, Shift and Enter keys.
  • There appears a UAC window, hit Yes to move ahead.
  • Now copy/paste the below code and press Enter –

sfc/scannow

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  • Wait for a while, as this takes a few minutes to complete the whole process.

7] Use Windows Registry to apply certain tweaks 

If none of the above solutions resolve the error 0xa00f4246, use the registry to perform a few changes. However, make sure that any incorrect settings may corrupt the entire OS. So, perform only that are mentioned in this post –

Note: To be on the safe side, create a registry backup so as to use this in worse case scenarios.

  • Start Run (Win+R), type regedit at the void, and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.
  • When the UAC window appears, hit Yes to move ahead.
  • Next, browse to the following address –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform

  • Make a right-click at the blank space and follow –

New > DWORD (32-bit) Value

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  • Rename the newly created file as “EnableFrameServerMode” and press Enter.
  • Subsequently, double-click on the file and reset its value data to “0″.

That’s it, Restart your PC so that changes become effective from the next logon. I hope, the above set of fixes resolve the WebCam error 0xA00F4246 on your computer.