How to Resolve: Unable to Find a Camera that is Compatible with Windows Hello

Windows Hello is a great feature. It allows Windows users to use fingerprints, facial recognition, and other biometrics to sign in on Windows devices. However, it can sometimes cause problems. For example, a common error message that occurs when using Windows Hello is “We could not find a camera compatible with Windows Hello Face.”

What causes the “Not found a Windows Hello compatible camera” message?

Three basic components are required for the Windows Hello Face feature to work properly. The Windows Hello driver, the Windows Hello service must be running. And the Windows Hello feature. If there is a problem with any of these components, this error may occur.

To resolve the problem, follow the methods described below, one at a time.

How to repair the “Windows Hello Camera Not Found” error?

Make sure that the Windows Hello Face feature is installed

  1. Go to Settings, click Apps, and select Apps and Features.
  2. Then go to Advanced Features.
  3. Find the Windows Hello Face option.
  4. If this option is not available, click Add Feature.
  5. Find the Windows Hello Face feature and install it on your device.

Resetting the biometric database

  1. Type services.MSC in the Windows search bar and press Enter to launch the Services application.
  2. Find the Windows Biometric Service.
  3. Right-click on it and select Stop from the context menu.
  4. Then navigate to this computer and navigate to C: WindowsSystem32WinBioDatabase.
  5. Create a backup copy of the WinBioDatabase folder.
  6. Then delete all the files in that folder.
  7. Return to the Windows Biometric Service and restart it.
  8. Go to Settings and select Accounts.
  9. Then click Login Settings and re-register your Windows Hello face data.

Utilize the Get help app

  1. First, type “Windows Hello face camera doesn’t work” into the search box.
  2. Then ask the virtual assistant to solve the face recognition problem.
  3. If the problem persists, ask the assistant to reset the camera.
  4. Follow the additional instructions on the screen to resolve the problem.

Installing HelloFace.inf & HelloFaceMigration.inf

  1. Go to this computer and navigate to C:WindowsSystem32WinBioPlugInsFaceDriver.
  2. Locate the HelloFace.inf and HelloFaceMigration.inf files.
  3. Then right-click on these files and install them on your computer.
  4. Reboot your computer and check if the error is resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

To use this feature, your PC must have an infrared (IR) camera installed. These have been widely available in newer laptops and two-in-one devices in recent years, including those from Dell, Lenovo, and Asus. If you're not ready to buy a new PC, you can also buy a supported external webcam, such as the Brio 4K Pro from Logitech or the Stargazer from Razer.

Once you're in the login options screen, you'll see the available Windows Hello options. If your system's webcam supports facial recognition, you'll see the option to configure it (the same is true if you have a supported fingerprint sensor). Click the "Configure" button and you're on your way.

Not all webcams or cameras are compatible with Windows Hello, as this feature requires a fairly sophisticated camera that can more accurately capture depth with near-infrared imaging.

  1. Go to Settings, click on Applications, and select Applications and Features.
  2. Then go to Advanced Features.
  3. Locate the Windows Hello Face option.
  4. If this option is not available, click Add Feature.
  5. Find the Windows Hello Face feature and install it on your device.