0xA00F4291 Camera Error: 5 Ways to Fix It

The Camera Troubleshooter is very effective for most users

by Afam Onyimadu
Afam Onyimadu
Afam Onyimadu
Afam is a geek and the go-to among his peers for computer solutions. He has a wealth of experience with Windows operating systems, dating back to his introduction... read more
Reviewed by Alex Serban
Alex Serban
Alex Serban
Windows Server & Networking Expert
After moving away from the corporate work-style, Alex has found rewards in a lifestyle of constant analysis, team coordination and pestering his colleagues. Holding an MCSA Windows Server... read more
Affiliate Disclosure
  • The 0xA00F4291 camera error restricts other applications' access to your camera. 
  • Bad app or system files may trigger it and a reset may be helpful for most users. 
To fix various PC problems, we recommend DriverFix: This software will keep your drivers up and running, thus keeping you safe from common computer errors and hardware failure. Check all your drivers now in 3 easy steps:
  1. Download DriverFix (verified download file).
  2. Click Start Scan to find all problematic drivers.
  3. Click Update Drivers to get new versions and avoid system malfunctionings.
  • DriverFix has been downloaded by 0 readers this month.

Computer issues like the 0xA00F4291 camera error make accessing and fully using the PC camera impossible.

A few of our readers have encountered the error on Windows 11, so in this article, we will show you the easiest ways to resolve it and hint at some of the possible triggers.

What is webcam error code 0xA00F4291?

This error code often appears with the message Can’t start your camera. Error code 0xA00F4291 (0x80004005) may be triggered by any of the following.

  • Corrupted drivers – When the camera drivers are outdated or corrupt, users may experience the error since drivers play a vital connection between hardware and software.
  • Windows camera app issues – Several issues on the camera app will stop it from launching. Often these may be corruption issues with app files.
  • Software conflict – Since some programs may require the app, compatibility issues may be a factor for the app not launching and producing the error code. These may even be OS compatibility problems.

Below are some of the best solutions that you may adopt.

How do I fix the 0xA00F4291 error?

Before heading into the solutions we propose, you may consider the following workarounds:

  • Restart the computer – If a minor bug causes the error, a restart may be strong enough to fix the error.
  • Uninstall conflicting appsUninstall the app that triggers the error, or uninstall and reinstall the camera app.

If the above fixes do not work, continue to our detailed solutions below.

1. Run the camera troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Troubleshoot on the right pane.
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
  4. Click the Run button in front of the Camera troubleshooter.
  5. Follow the wizard to complete the troubleshooting.

2. Reset the camera app

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. On the right pane, click on Apps, then on the left, select Installed apps.
  3. Click the 3 dots of the Camera option and select Advanced options.
  4. Scroll down to the Reset menu, click the Repair button, then the Reset button.
  5. Confirm your choice and wait for the reset to complete, then verify that the 0xA00F4291 camera error is fixed.

3. Repair damaged files

  1. Press Windows + R, type cmd, and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
  2. Type the script below to scan for bad files and repair them.
    sfc /scannow
  3. Additionally, run the three scripts below:
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  4. Once the scripts are completely executed, restart the computer.

4. Permit camera access

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. On the left pane, select Privacy & Security, then on the right, under the Apps section, click on Camera.
  3. Toggle on the Camera access option.
  4. Verify if the 0xA00F4291 is fixed.

5. Register the app again

  1. Press the Windows key.
  2. Type Powershell, and click the option to Run as administrator.
  3. Type the script below and hit Enter to run it.
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  4. On completion, restart the computer.

The above are our top recommendations to fix the 0xA00F4291 camera error. Note that they have not been written in any particular order, so you should try whichever seems the most applicable.

Also, you may check our detailed guide for additional troubleshooting if the laptop camera does not work.

Please let us know in the comments below what fix was the most effective.

Still having issues? Fix them with this tool:


Some driver-related issues can be solved faster by using a dedicated tool. If you're still having problems with your drivers, just download DriverFix and get it up and running in a few clicks. After that, let it take over and fix all of your errors in no time!

This article covers:Topics: