There are good chances that you use the Windows default camera app to participate in online business meetings or for entertainment purposes. However, you won’t be able to do any of these things when the Camera app throws media capture failed event error 0xA00F4271.
Fortunately, troubleshooting this error code is easy. Here are all the working methods to eliminate media capture failed event error 0xA00F4271 and get camera app running again.
What causes media capture failed event error 0xA00F4271
Media capture failed event error 0xA00F4271 is a common error message that people encounter while launching the Camera app. The problem mainly appears due to outdated camera driver. However, other camera-related applications, corruption in the Camera app, or even an outdated Windows version could be the culprit.
Now that you know all the possible reasons behind the problem, let’s look at the fixes that will help you clear the error.
1. Close other camera related processes
The error in question may appear due to third-party camera-dependent apps running in the background. These applications may interfere with the default Windows Camera app and trigger the error.
The solution, in this case, is to close all camera-dependent applications such as Skype or Google Meet from the background.
Once you have closed all apps that may be using the camera, check if the issue persists.
2. Download the Latest Camera Driver Updates
As mentioned above, an outdated camera driver is one of the primary reasons behind media capture failed event error 0xA00F4271. So, the next solution that you can try is to download the latest camera driver update.
Windows will now search for and download any available camera driver updates. If Windows can’t find updated drivers, you can visit your camera manufacturer’s website and check for driver updates there.
3. Use the Built-in Camera Troubleshooter
Windows provides various troubleshooters that can be useful for troubleshooting various system issues. To eliminate problems with the Camera app, you can use the Camera troubleshooter.
The troubleshooter will now look for available problems; If it finds any, it will suggest improvements that can fix the problem.
4. Allow Camera Access in Settings
You need to make sure that your computer is allowed to access the webcam. If it doesn’t, Windows will throw up different issues, including this one. You can allow camera access by following the instructions below.
Also, make sure the Allow apps to access your camera option is enabled.
5. Disable any third party antivirus programs
It is very common for third-party antivirus programs to interfere with the Windows built-in camera app. Therefore, it is recommended to check your antivirus settings to see if it is blocking the camera.
Even if everything is fine in the settings, to make sure your antivirus is not the culprit, temporarily disable it and investigate the problem.
6. Download the Latest Windows Updates
Media capture failed event error 0xA00F4271 can also appear if the Camera app is facing a compatibility issue with the Windows version you are using. The solution in this case is to update Windows to the latest version.
To do so, open the Settings menu and select Windows Update from the left panel. Click on the Check for Updates button in the following window.
If an update is available, Windows will automatically download and install it.
7. Reset Camera App
Sometimes, problems or changes in the Camera app over a period of time can eventually lead to the error. To fix this, you can reset the Camera app, which will revert the camera settings to their default values.